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Dr. Katharine Dell Wenstrom MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology), Genetics
101 Dudley Street, 3rd Floor; Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island/MFM Division
Providence, RI
(401) 274-1122; (401) 274-1100

Dr. Katharine Wenstrom's medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Wenstrom performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Wenstrom's professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Cytopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
825 Chalkstone Avenue; Department of Pathology
Providence, RI
(401) 456-2662; (401) 348-3320

Dr. Sumita Gokhale works as a molecular genetic pathologist and cytopathologist in Westerly, RI and Providence, RI. Dr. Gokhale honors Medicare insurance. She attended Moti Lal Nehru Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. She has received the following distinctions: Pathologists; Pathology, UTMB - 2000-2001; and Award-Strategic Science Seminar. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Day Kimball Healthcare and Roger Williams Medical Center. Unfortunately, Dr. Gokhale is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology), Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
(401) 274-1122

Dr. Barbara O'Brien works as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and genetics specialist. In addition to English, Dr. O'Brien (or staff) speaks Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. Her professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and Memorial Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at New York Medical College and performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. She accepts the following insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. O'Brien's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology, Cytopathology, Clinical Pathology
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8450

Dr. Martin Luu practices clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Luu is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine and a graduate of Rhode Island Hospital's residency program.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Genetics
VAMC Providence
Providence, RI
(401) 273-7100; (401) 457-3045

Dr. Guang Hu specializes in genetics. Dr. Hu is affiliated with Providence VA Medical Center. After completing medical school at Harbin Medical University, he performed his residency at The Miriam Hospital. He has a closed panel.

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

Dr. Lauren Massingham is a pediatric geneticist in Providence, RI. She takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Massingham performed her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center. She is affiliated with Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Massingham is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Dianne Abuelo's area of specialization is pediatric genetics. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

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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 Molecular Genetic Pathology
593 Eddy Street; Apc 12 - Room 103
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8515

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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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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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