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Sumita Gokhale MD

Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Cytopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology

825 Chalkstone Avenue
Providence, RI
(401) 348-3320; (401) 456-2162

Dr. Sumita Gokhale specializes in clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College, Dr. Gokhale 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. Her distinctions include: Autopsy Award, Stowell Orbison Competition, USCAP; Second Place, Podium Competition, Texas Society; and Pathologists. She speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Hindi. Dr. Gokhale is affiliated with Roger Williams Medical Center. She has a closed panel.

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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 maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics specialist. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA, and Medicaid. She attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. In addition to English, Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Wenstrom's hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Barbara Marie O

Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology), Genetics

Women & Infants Hospital
Providence, RI
(401) 274-1122

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Dr. Barbara O'Brian's medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. She attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. O'Brian accepts the following insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. Dr. O'Brian (or staff) speaks Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. O'Brian's hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology, Cytopathology, Clinical Pathology, Anatomic

593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8450

Dr. Martin Luu is a specialist in clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. He works in Providence, RI. He graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Luu is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Genetics

VAMC Providence
Providence, RI
(401) 273-7100

Dr. Guang Hu is a specialist in genetics. After attending Harbin Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Hu 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 professionally affiliated with 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 Genetics, Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine)

593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361

Dr. Lauren Massingham specializes in genetics. She takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Massingham attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.

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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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