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We found 4 genetics specialists who accept MultiPlan near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Marcia Christine Willing, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Marcia Willing's specialty is pediatric genetics. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Willing's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Metabolic Disorders, Genetic Counseling, Marfan Syndrome, Birth Defects

Dr. Diana Lee Gray, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Genetics, Gynecology
4921 Parkview Place; 5th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Diana Gray is a genetics, obstetrics, and gynecology specialist in Saint Louis, MO. Before completing her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Gray attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Gray's clinical interests include prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound (sonogram). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Prenatal Ultrasound, Down Syndrome, Ultrasound, Pregnancy, Genetic Counseling, Prenatal Diagnosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dorothy Katherine Grange, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Dorothy Grange is a physician who specializes in pediatric genetics. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Grange performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Metabolic Disorders, Chromosomal Disorders, Genetic Counseling, Marfan Syndrome, Birth Defects, ... (Read more)

Dr. James P Crane, MD
Specializes in Genetics
660 South Euclid Avenue; Campus Box 8081
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. James Crane, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in genetics. In his practice, Dr. Crane focuses on ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Crane's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Unfortunately, Dr. Crane is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Prenatal Ultrasound, Down Syndrome, Ultrasound, Prenatal Diagnosis, Birth Defects

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What is Genetics?

Genetics is the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of genetically-linked or hereditary diseases. It includes both genetic counselors and medical geneticists, who may be involved in either patient care or research.

Medical geneticists are doctors who study genes and diseases that are caused by genes. There are many diseases linked to genetics, including:
  • Single gene disorders, the result of a single mutated gene. Examples include Huntington’s disease, which causes jerky movements, and sickle-cell anemia, where red blood cells have an abnormal, rigid shape.
  • Inborn metabolic disorders, which are a specific type of single gene disorder that results in abnormalities in the way the body chemically processes proteins, carbohydrates or fats. Some examples are Urea Cycle Disorder (where ammonia builds up in the body) and Gaucher’s Disease (where fatty substances build up in cells and organs).
  • Chromosomal disorders, where gene-carrying chromosomes do not pair up correctly or are missing. Some examples are Klinefelter Syndrome, a sex-chromosome disorder, and Down Syndrome.
  • Congenital abnormalities (commonly known as birth defects), which can be caused by genetic abnormalities. They also can happen because of illness or environmental exposure during pregnancy (such as with rubella), or for unknown reasons.
  • Other common diseases that have hereditary traits, such diabetes, autism, and some types of cancer.

Medical geneticists typically spend their career in research, although some treat or counsel patients. A patient may see a medical geneticist to obtain more information about their disorder or about how an inherited disorder might impact their family. The field of medical genetics includes the following four subspecialties:
  • Clinical Genetics: This overarching branch of medical genetics deals with the treatment and management of hereditary diseases.
  • Biomechanical Genetics: This branch deals with metabolic disorders, such as galactosemia and phenylketonuria.
  • Cytogenetics: This specialty deals with chromosomes and their associated diseases, as well as testing their structure and number.
  • Molecular Genetics: This specialty focuses on DNA, interpreting DNA sequencing and other tests, and relating DNA information to specific diseases.

Related to medical genetics is the field of genetic counseling. These healthcare professionals are not physicians, but they are educators who help patients interpret medical information about genetic risk, which can sometimes be difficult to understand or overwhelming. When families face the possibility of having a child with an inherited disease, genetic counselors educate them about their specific risks and options. They analyze patterns in family history and interpret the medical probability of a genetic disease occurring. They provide support and put families in contact with resources. Genetic counselors help families adapt to all of the implications that a hereditary disease can have in their life.