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Dr. Katharine Dell Wenstrom MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology), Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
(401) 274-1122; (401) 274-1100

Dr. Katharine Wenstrom specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wenstrom accepts. Dr. Wenstrom is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. She is professionally affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, The William H. Backus Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wenstrom's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Cytopathology, Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
825 Chalkstone Avenue; Department of Pathology
Providence, RI
(401) 456-2162; (401) 348-3320

Dr. Sumita Gokhale is a clinical pathologist, molecular genetic pathologist, and cytopathologist. She is affiliated with Day Kimball Healthcare and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). She honors Medicare insurance. Unfortunately, Dr. Gokhale is not accepting new patients at this time. Her education and training includes medical school at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her distinctions include: Pathologists; Pathology, UTMB - 2000-2001; and Award-Strategic Science Seminar.

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Lauren J Massingham MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361

Dr. Lauren Massingham's area of specialization is pediatric genetics. She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center for residency. She honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and more. Dr. Massingham is affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children's Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Massingham is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361

Dr. Natasha Shur's area of specialization is pediatric genetics. Dr. Shur is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In addition to English, Dr. Shur (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology, Pediatric Pathology
101 Dudley Street; Department of Pathology
Providence, RI
(401) 274-1122

Dr. Mai He is a physician who specializes in molecular genetic pathology and pediatric pathology. He is affiliated with Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. He studied medicine at Shanghai Medical University. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Genetics
VAMC Providence
Providence, RI
(401) 273-7100

Dr. Guang Hu is a physician who specializes in genetics. He obtained his medical school training at Harbin Medical University and performed his residency at The Miriam Hospital. He is affiliated with Providence VA Medical Center. Unfortunately, Dr. Hu is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street; Po Box 234
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361

Dr. Dianne Abuelo, who practices in Providence, RI, is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

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Specializes in Clinical Biochemical Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361

Dr. Mari Mori works as a clinical biochemical geneticist. Her residency was performed at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
167 Point Street
Providence, RI
(401) 444-4423

Dr. Nimesh Patel is a molecular genetic pathologist in Providence, RI. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Newport Hospital. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
(401) 453-7510

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
(401) 453-7510

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Specializes in Genetics
593 Eddy Street; Po Box Room 234
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361

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Specializes in Genetics
593 Eddy Street; Physicians Office Building, Room 234
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
(401) 453-7510

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
(401) 453-7515

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
(401) 453-7510

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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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