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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's areas of specialization are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Wenstrom trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for her residency. Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Wenstrom is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Cytopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
825 Chalkstone Avenue
Providence, RI
(401) 456-2162; (401) 348-3320

Dr. Sumita Gokhale is a specialist in clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. Dr. Gokhale is professionally affiliated with Roger Williams Medical Center. She takes Medicare insurance. She has a closed panel. She studied medicine at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Gokhale completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Gokhale include: Autopsy Award, Stowell Orbison Competition, USCAP; Second Place, Podium Competition, Texas Society; and Pathologists.

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Barbara Marie O
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology), Genetics
Women & Infants Hospital
Providence, RI
(401) 274-1122

Dr. Barbara O'Brien specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. Dr. O'Brien is professionally affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and Memorial Hospital. She accepts the following insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. She is accepting new patients. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. O'Brien (or staff) speaks Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology, Cytopathology, Clinical Pathology
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8450

Dr. Martin Luu sees patients in Providence, RI. His medical specialties are clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Luu attended Drexel University College of Medicine for medical school. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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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. He works in Providence, RI. He attended Harbin Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at The Miriam Hospital for residency. 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 specialty is 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 Genetics, Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine)
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361

Dr. Lauren Massingham is a specialist in genetics. Dr. Massingham accepts Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with 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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