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Specializes in Clinical Molecular Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Pediatric Genetics
2677 E. Parleys Way
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Dr. E. Wassman is a physician who specializes in clinical molecular genetics, clinical cytogenetics, and molecular genetic pathology. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, Dr. Wassman performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Specializes in Medical Biochemical Genetics
100 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Dr. Lorenzo Botto is a medical biochemical geneticist in Salt Lake City, UT. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Genetics
615 Arapeen Drive; #212
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Ms. Deborah Hartzfeld works as a genetics specialist in Salt Lake City, UT. She is affiliated with VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS).

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
500 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Dr. Katherine Geiersbach, who practices in Salt Lake City, UT, is a medical specialist in molecular genetic pathology. She honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Geiersbach attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Molecular Genetic Pathology
50 N Medical Drive; 2c412 Som
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Dr. Irene Hung is a physician who specializes in molecular genetic pathology. Her education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU).

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
100 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Dr. David Viskochil is a pediatric geneticist in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Viskochil takes Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Genetics
423 S Wakara Way; Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Specializes in Genetics
423 S Wakara Way; Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Specializes in Genetics
50 N Medical Drive; Som 2c412
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Specializes in Clinical Biochemical Genetics
100 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Dr. Nicola Longo specializes in clinical biochemical genetics and practices in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Longo is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Genetics
500 Foothill Drive; 151z
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Ms. Vickie Venne's specialty is genetics. Ms. Venne is professionally affiliated with VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS).

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Specializes in Genetics
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Specializes in Genetics
1861 E 1700 S
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Specializes in Genetics
615 S Arapeen Drive; #212
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Specializes in Genetics
100 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Specializes in Clinical Molecular Genetics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2749 E Parleys Way; Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT
 

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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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