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

Dr. Katharine Wenstrom's specialties are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. Dr. Wenstrom honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medicaid. After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, The William H. Backus Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 medical specialist in clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. She takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Gokhale obtained her medical school training at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Pathologists; Pathology, UTMB - 2000-2001; and Award-Strategic Science Seminar. Her professional affiliations include Day Kimball Healthcare and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). She is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Mai He is a medical specialist in molecular genetic pathology and pediatric pathology. Dr. He is professionally affiliated with Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He attended medical school at Shanghai Medical University. He takes Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
Vamc Providence
Providence, RI
 

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

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

Dr. Lauren Massingham works as a pediatric geneticist. Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Massingham takes. Dr. Massingham graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Massingham trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Massingham is professionally affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children's Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Natasha Shur's specialty is pediatric genetics. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Shur (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language.

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

Dr. Dianne Abuelo is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics. She graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Her professional 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
 

Dr. Mari Mori's area of specialization is clinical biochemical genetics. Her medical residency was performed at UPMC Shadyside, Allegheny General Hospital, and Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Hasbro Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Genetics
79 Plain Street
Providence, RI
 

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
167 Point Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Nimesh Patel is a specialist in molecular genetic pathology. He works in Providence, RI. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Patel attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Newport Hospital.

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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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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.