We found 4 genetics specialists who accept Bronze Choice HSA 6300 - 2 with IVF near Austin, TX.

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Dr. Jaya Kanniakonil George-Abraham, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1301 Barbara Jordan Boulevard; Suite 200
Austin, TX

Dr. Jaya George-Abraham practices pediatric genetics in Austin, TX. Her areas of expertise include genetic counseling. Dr. George-Abraham honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. Her professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and 'Specially for Children. Dr. George-Abraham has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Counseling, Autism, Growth Problems, Cognitive Problems

Dr. James Bruce Gibson, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
1301 Barbara Jordan Boulevard; Suite 200
Austin, TX

Dr. James Gibson practices clinical biochemical genetics in Austin, TX. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Gibson trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital.

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Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Cytopathology
1301 W 38th Street; Suite 200
Austin, TX

Dr. Mathew Putzi is a medical specialist in clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. He honors United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and more. Dr. Putzi graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Putzi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Dr. Thomas Edward Hughes Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1100 W 39th 1/2 Street
Austin, TX

Dr. Thomas Hughes sees patients in Austin, TX. His medical specialty is pediatric genetics. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Hughes takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge.

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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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