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We found 23 genetics specialists near Providence, RI.

Dr. Katharine Dell Wenstrom, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
101 Dudley Street; Women & Infants Hospital Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Katharine Wenstrom is a perinatologist and genetics specialist. Dr. Wenstrom is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medicaid. She attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. She is affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, The William H. Backus Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wenstrom's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Sumita Gokhale is a medical specialist in clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. She honors Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University, Dr. Gokhale attended medical school at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Pathologists; Pathology, UTMB - 2000-2001; and Award-Strategic Science Seminar. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Day Kimball Healthcare and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). Dr. Gokhale is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology, Pediatric Pathology
101 Dudley Street; Department of Pathology
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Mai He is a physician who specializes in molecular genetic pathology and pediatric pathology. He is professionally affiliated with Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. He accepts Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Shanghai Medical University.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
Vamc Providence
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Guang Hu practices genetics in Providence, RI. He is affiliated with Providence VA Medical Center. He has a closed panel. Dr. Hu graduated from Harbin Medical University. Dr. Hu trained at The Miriam Hospital for his residency.

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Dr. Lauren J Massingham, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Lauren Massingham is a pediatric geneticist in Providence, RI. She studied medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Massingham takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children's Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. Unfortunately, Dr. Massingham is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Natasha Shur, who practices in Providence, RI, is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics. Dr. Shur is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Shur (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language.

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

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

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Specializes in Clinical Biochemical Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Mari Mori is a physician who specializes in clinical biochemical genetics. Dr. Mori is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Hasbro Children's Hospital. She completed her residency training at UPMC Shadyside, Allegheny General Hospital, and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Genetics
79 Plain Street
Providence, RI
 

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
167 Point Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Nimesh Patel's area of specialization is molecular genetic pathology. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Newport Hospital. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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

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

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Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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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.