We found 23 genetics specialists near Providence, RI.

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Dr. Katharine Dell Wenstrom, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
101 Dudley Street; Women & Infants Hospital Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Katharine Wenstrom sees patients in Providence, RI. Her medical specialties are 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. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Wenstrom attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Cytopathology
825 Chalkstone Avenue; Department of Pathology
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Sumita Gokhale is a clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology specialist. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Gokhale studied medicine at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. She has received the following distinctions: Autopsy Award, Stowell Orbison Competition, USCAP; Second Place, Podium Competition, Texas Society of Pathologists; and Award for Excellence in Patient Care, Dept of Pathology, UTMB. Her professional affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Day Kimball Healthcare, and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). Dr. Gokhale welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Chanika Phornphutkul, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Endocrinology, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Chanika Phornphutkul is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology, pediatric genetics, and clinical biochemical genetics. Before performing her residency at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Dr. Phornphutkul attended ChiangMai University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Phornphutkul honors Medicare insurance. She is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
Vamc Providence
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Guang Hu is a Providence, RI physician who specializes in genetics. He is affiliated with Providence VA Medical Center. Dr. Hu is closed to new patients at this time. After attending Harbin Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at The Miriam Hospital.

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Dr. Lauren J Massingham, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Lauren Massingham is a pediatric geneticist in Providence, RI. She takes several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid. Before completing her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Massingham attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital. Dr. Massingham is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Natasha Shur works as a pediatric geneticist in Providence, RI. She attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Shur takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Shur (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology, Pediatric Pathology
101 Dudley Street; Department of Pathology
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Mai He works as a molecular genetic pathologist and pediatric pathologist. Dr. He is professionally affiliated with Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He studied medicine at Shanghai Medical University.

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Dr. Mari Mori, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Mari Mori works as a pediatric geneticist and clinical biochemical geneticist. Dr. Mori trained at UPMC Shadyside, Allegheny General Hospital, and Nationwide Children's Hospital for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Hasbro Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street; Po Box 234
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Dianne Abuelo's specialty is pediatric genetics. Dr. Abuelo graduated from 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 Molecular Genetic Pathology
167 Point Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Nimesh Patel specializes in molecular genetic pathology and practices in Providence, RI. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.

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Specializes in Genetics
79 Plain Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
593 Eddy Street; Po Box Room 234
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
593 Eddy Street; Physicians Office Building, Room 234
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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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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