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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 is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. She is professionally affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Wenstrom is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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's specialties are molecular genetic pathology and cytopathology. Dr. Gokhale attended Moti Lal Nehru Medical College and then went on to complete 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 is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Pathologists; Pathology, UTMB - 2000-2001; and Award-Strategic Science Seminar. Dr. Gokhale's hospital/clinic affiliations include Day Kimball Healthcare and Roger Williams Medical Center. She has a closed panel.

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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 perinatologist and genetics specialist. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. Dr. O'Brien graduated from New York Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. O'Brien completed a residency program at Tufts Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. O'Brien (or staff) speaks Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and Memorial Hospital. Dr. O'Brien is open to new patients.

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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 accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine, Dr. Luu performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Guang Hu's specialty is genetics. He attended Harbin Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at The Miriam Hospital for residency. Dr. Hu is professionally affiliated with Providence VA Medical Center. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

Dr. Lauren Massingham, who practices in Providence, RI, is a medical specialist in genetics. She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Massingham honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Massingham is closed to new patients at this time.

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

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

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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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