We found 4 genetics specialists who accept Medicare Advantage near Washington, DC.

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Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
106 Irving Street Nw, Suite 3800; Department of Ob/gyn
Washington, DC

Dr. Melissa Fries is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics specialist. These areas are among her clinical interests: high risk pregnancy and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Fries is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Wilford Hall Medical Center. She has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; APGO Outstanding Educator Award, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics; and Outstanding Staff Educator, Keesler Medical Center. Dr. Fries is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and MedStar Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
3800 Reservoir Road Nw
Washington, DC

Dr. Reem Saadeh-Haddad practices pediatric genetics in Washington, DC. She is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Saadeh-Haddad has received the distinction of Margaret Ellen Nielson Fellowship Award, Johns Hopkins University. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Saadeh-Haddad's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Genetics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
3800 Reservoir Road Nw
Washington, DC

Dr. Nina Scribanu specializes in genetics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. She has a special interest in genetic issues. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scribanu accepts. She trained at Bellevue Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Scribanu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Greek and French. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Genetics
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite C2149
Washington, DC

Dr. Suthee Rapisuwon is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, genetics, and adult oncology. Dr. Rapisuwon is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Rapisuwon attended medical school at Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rapisuwon accepts.

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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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