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We found 6 genetics specialists who accept WellCare near Manhasset, NY.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
Northern Boulevard; Riland Building
Old Westbury, NY
 

Dr. David Tegay practices genetics. After attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Tegay speaks Spanish. Dr. Tegay is professionally affiliated with NuHealth.

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Dr. Martin George Bialer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1554 Northern Boulevard; Suite 204
Manhasset, NY
 

Dr. Martin Bialer is a specialist in pediatric genetics. He works in Manhasset, NY and New Hyde Park, NY. Patient ratings for Dr. Bialer average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bialer studied medicine at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Bialer (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and German. He is affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. Dr. Bialer's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Oana Elena Vele, MD
Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
300 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY
 

Dr. Oana Vele is a molecular genetic pathology specialist in New York, NY and Manhasset, NY. Dr. Vele is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Plainview Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. She has an open panel. She studied medicine at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. In addition to English, Dr. Vele (or staff) speaks Romanian and French.

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Dr. Joyce Ellen Fox, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1554 Northern Boulevard
Manhasset, NY
 

Dr. Joyce Fox is a pediatric genetics specialist. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Fox (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. She is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. Dr. Fox is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jordan Seth Laser, MD
Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
300 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY
 

Dr. Jordan Laser is a physician who specializes in molecular genetic pathology. He studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Laser is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Laser (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Syosset Hospital, Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, and Huntington Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Laser's office for an appointment.

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Dr. David Lawrence Meryash, MD
Specializes in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Pediatric Genetics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
1983 Marcus Avenue
Lake Success, NY
 

Dr. David Meryash sees patients in Lake Success, NY and Smithtown, NY. His medical specialties are neurodevelopmental disabilities, pediatric genetics, and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Meryash's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Meryash takes. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Meryash is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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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.