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

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

Dr. Oana Vele's medical specialty is molecular genetic pathology. She graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Vele is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vele (or staff) is conversant in Romanian, French, and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Plainview Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Vele's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. David Tegay works as a genetics specialist. He studied medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. Dr. Tegay honors Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with NuHealth.

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

Dr. Martin Bialer's specialties are pediatric genetics and general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Bialer average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Bialer studied medicine at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Bialer (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and German. Dr. Bialer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Jordan Laser practices molecular genetic pathology in New York, NY, New Hyde Park, NY, and Manhasset, NY. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. He attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Laser (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Syosset Hospital, Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, and Huntington Hospital. He has an open panel.

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David Meryash, MD
Specializes in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Pediatric Genetics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
1983 Marcus Avenue; Suite 130
Lake Success, NY
 

Dr. David Meryash is a child & adolescent psychiatrist, pediatric geneticist, and developmental pediatrician. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Meryash is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Joyce Ellen Fox, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1554 Northern Boulevard; Suite 204
Manhasset, NY
 

Dr. Joyce Fox is a pediatric genetics specialist in Commack, NY, Manhasset, NY, and New Hyde Park, NY. She takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Fox studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition to English, Dr. Fox (or staff) speaks Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. Dr. Fox's professional affiliations include North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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.
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