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Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Cytopathology
825 Chalkstone Avenue
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Sumita Gokhale specializes in clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. Dr. Gokhale graduated from Moti Lal Nehru Medical College. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Her distinctions include: Autopsy Award, Stowell Orbison Competition, USCAP; Second Place, Podium Competition, Texas Society of Pathologists; and Award for Excellence in Patient Care, Dept of Pathology, UTMB. Dr. Gokhale is professionally affiliated with Winchester Hospital and Day Kimball Healthcare. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Chanika Phornphutkul, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Endocrinology, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Chanika Phornphutkul is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology, pediatric genetics, and clinical biochemical genetics. She works in Providence, RI. Dr. Phornphutkul attended ChiangMai University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. She takes Medicare insurance. She is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and 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's area of specialization is pediatric genetics. She accepts Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and more. Dr. Massingham obtained her medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital. Unfortunately, Dr. Massingham is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
Vamc Providence
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Guang Hu is a genetics specialist. After completing medical school at Harbin Medical University, he performed his residency at The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Hu is professionally affiliated with Providence VA Medical Center. He has a closed panel.

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Dr. Mari Mori, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Mari Mori specializes in pediatric genetics and clinical biochemical genetics. Her training includes residency programs at UPMC Shadyside, Allegheny General Hospital, and Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Hasbro Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Clinical Biochemical Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Natasha Shur's specialty is clinical biochemical genetics. She attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Shur (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language.

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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 is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Genetics
79 Plain Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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

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

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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.
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