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We found 23 genetics specialists near Providence, RI.

Dr. Katharine Dell Wenstrom, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Katharine Wenstrom's areas of specialization are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. Dr. Wenstrom honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, The William H. Backus Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Wenstrom is accepting new patients.

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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 physician who specializes in clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. She is affiliated with Day Kimball Healthcare and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). Dr. Gokhale is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients. She graduated from Moti Lal Nehru Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Gokhale trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. Dr. Gokhale's distinctions include: Pathologists; Pathology, UTMB - 2000-2001; and Award-Strategic Science Seminar.

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

Dr. Mai He's medical specialty is molecular genetic pathology and pediatric pathology. Dr. He graduated from Shanghai Medical University. He accepts Medicare insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

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

Dr. Lauren Massingham practices pediatric genetics. She honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Massingham's professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children's Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. Unfortunately, Dr. Massingham is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Natasha Shur is a pediatric genetics specialist in Providence, RI. Dr. Shur studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Shur (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
Vamc Providence
Providence, RI
 

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

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

Dr. Dianne Abuelo's area of specialization is pediatric genetics. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Abuelo is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Clinical Biochemical Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Mari Mori is a specialist in clinical biochemical genetics. Her medical residency was performed at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
167 Point Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Nimesh Patel is a Providence, RI physician who specializes in molecular genetic pathology. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Newport Hospital. Dr. Patel graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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

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

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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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.