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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 specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. Dr. Wenstrom graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA, and Medicaid. In addition to English, Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is affiliated with Rhode Island 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, Cytopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
825 Chalkstone Avenue
Providence, RI
(401) 456-2162; (401) 348-3320

Dr. Sumita Gokhale's specialties are clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. She is professionally affiliated with Roger Williams Medical Center. She takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Gokhale is closed to new patients at this time. Her education and training includes medical school at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College and 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 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 works as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and genetics specialist. Dr. O'Brien obtained her medical school training at New York Medical College and performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. In addition to English, Dr. O'Brien (or staff) speaks Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. Her professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and Memorial Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Martin Luu is a clinical pathologist, molecular genetic pathologist, and cytopathologist. He takes Medicare insurance. He attended Drexel University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Rhode Island Hospital for residency. Dr. Luu is closed to 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 works as a genetics specialist in Providence, RI. Dr. Hu is a graduate of Harbin Medical University and a graduate of The Miriam Hospital's residency program. He is not accepting 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 is a pediatric geneticist in Providence, RI. Her professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She studied medicine at 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 works as a genetics specialist. She is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Massingham is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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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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