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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. Dr. Wenstrom's professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Wenstrom (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese.

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Specializes in Cytopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
825 Chalkstone Avenue; Department of Pathology
Providence, RI
(401) 456-2662; (401) 348-3320

Dr. Sumita Gokhale, who practices in Westerly, RI and Providence, RI, is a medical specialist in molecular genetic pathology and cytopathology. She takes Medicare insurance. She studied medicine at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College. Dr. Gokhale completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has received professional recognition including the following: Pathologists; Pathology, UTMB - 2000-2001; and Award-Strategic Science Seminar. Her professional affiliations include Day Kimball Healthcare and Roger Williams Medical Center. Unfortunately, Dr. Gokhale is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology), Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
(401) 274-1122

Dr. Barbara O'Brien works as a perinatologist and genetics specialist. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, she performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. O'Brien (or staff) speaks Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. She is affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and Memorial Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Martin Luu works as a clinical pathologist, molecular genetic pathologist, and cytopathologist. He honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Luu's practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Luu completed a residency program at Rhode Island Hospital.

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Chanika Phornphutkul MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
1 Hoppin St Coro West; RIH Department of Pediatrics
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361; (401) 793-8100

Dr. Chanika Phornphutkul is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology and clinical biochemical genetics. She works in Providence, RI. Her professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and Hasbro Children's Hospital. Dr. Phornphutkul honors Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of ChiangMai University Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Phornphutkul completed residency programs at Hasbro Children's Hospital and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Genetics
VAMC Providence
Providence, RI
(401) 273-7100; (401) 457-3045

Dr. Guang Hu's specialties are internal medicine (adult medicine) and genetics. He practices in Providence, RI. He graduated from Harbin Medical University and then he performed his residency at The Miriam Hospital. He is affiliated with Providence VA Medical Center. Dr. Hu is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8361

Dr. Lauren Massingham is a pediatric geneticist in Providence, RI. Dr. Massingham is professionally affiliated with Tufts Medical Center. Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Massingham takes. She is closed to new patients at this time. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center.

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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 genetics specialist in Providence, RI. She attended medical school at 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 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 Molecular Genetic Pathology
593 Eddy Street; Apc 12 - Room 103
Providence, RI
(401) 444-8515

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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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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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