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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 is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. Dr. Wenstrom's professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, The William H. Backus Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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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's specialties are clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. Dr. Gokhale honors Medicare insurance. She graduated from Moti Lal Nehru Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has received professional recognition including the following: Pathologists; Pathology, UTMB - 2000-2001; and Award-Strategic Science Seminar. She is professionally affiliated with Day Kimball Healthcare and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). She is closed to new patients at this time.

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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 takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Massingham completed her residency training at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center. She is affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children's Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. Unfortunately, Dr. Massingham is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

Dr. Guang Hu specializes in genetics and practices in Providence, RI. He is professionally affiliated with Providence VA Medical Center. Before performing his residency at The Miriam Hospital, Dr. Hu attended Harbin Medical University for medical school. Dr. Hu is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Natasha Shur is a pediatric geneticist. She 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 Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street; Po Box 234
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361

Dr. Dianne Abuelo works as a pediatric geneticist. Dr. Abuelo's professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Nimesh Patel is a medical specialist in molecular genetic pathology. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.

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

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Specializes in Genetics
79 Plain Street
Providence, RI
(401) 453-7510

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
(401) 274-1122

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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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