We found 22 genetics specialists near Waltham, MA.

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Dr. Catherine M Bearce, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
9 Hope Avenue; Children's Hospital Waltham - Department of Medicine
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Catherine Nowak works as a pediatric geneticist in Waltham, MA and Peabody, MA. Dr. Nowak graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Aetna, and Medicaid. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Shriners Hospital For Children, and Children's Hospital Boston. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

Dr. Susan Perlmutter Pauker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
 

Dr. Susan Pauker's specialty is pediatric genetics. The average patient rating for Dr. Pauker is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass marfan syndrome. Dr. Pauker is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Watertown, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Massachusetts General Hospital. Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pauker accepts. Dr. Pauker's practice is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Pauker's distinctions include: Jonas Salk Memorial Award; March Of Dimes; and Emmy Award. Dr. Pauker (or staff) is conversant in Sign Language. She also offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Clinical interests: Teaching, Marfan Syndrome

Dr. Amy Michelle Kritzer, MD
Specializes in Medical Biochemical Genetics, Pediatric Genetics
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Amy Kritzer is a medical biochemical genetics and pediatric genetics specialist. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Kritzer completed her residency training at Floating Hospital for Children. Dr. Kritzer is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She has received the distinction of ACMG/Genzyme Fellowship for Biochemical Genetics. She has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Metabolism

Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
30 Warren Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Jane O'Brien is a pediatric genetics specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. O'Brien include genetic disorders and autism. She is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She honors several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid. Dr. O'Brien is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. She trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. Dr. O'Brien has received professional recognition including the following: Pediatric Resident Teaching Award, 1991 Boston Medical Center.. Dr. O'Brien (or staff) speaks Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Autism

Dr. Sharon E Smith, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
20 Hope Avenue; Bch Medical Office Building Suite 305
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Sharon Smith is a specialist in pediatric genetics. She works in Waltham, MA, Boston, MA, and Peabody, MA. She obtained her medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital. She has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Genetics
355 Waverley Oaks Road; Suite 200
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Matthew Fickie is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicaid, and more. Dr. Fickie attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Fickie completed a residency program at the University of Missouri Health System. Dr. Fickie is affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Other, Pediatric Genetics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
40 2nd Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Susan Manea is a pediatric geneticist and developmental behavioral pediatrician. Aetna, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Manea takes. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Manea attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Manea is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Genetics, Obstetrics & Gynecology
9 Fourth Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Gabriel Cohn is a medical specialist in genetics and obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Cohn's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has received professional recognition including the following: First Prize Paper; CREOG, APGO Annual Meeting; and National Faculty Award For Excellence in Resident Education, Creog. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
30 Warren Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Alanna Burke sees patients in Brighton, MA. Her medical specialty is pediatric genetics. Neighborhood Health Plan, Aetna, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Burke takes. She is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Burke trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Burke (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Sign Language, Spanish, and Portuguese. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
307 Waverley Oaks Road; Suite 101
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. David Margulies is a medical specialist in genetics. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Margulies takes Medicaid insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Margulies is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Medical Microbiology
2014 Washington Street; Department of Pathology
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Mihae Platt works as a clinical pathologist, molecular genetic pathologist, and medical microbiologist. Dr. Platt is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. She trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for her residency. She is affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
135 Beaver Street
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Philip Reilly practices genetics in Waltham, MA and Boston, MA. Dr. Reilly graduated from Yale School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. He is in-network for Medicaid insurance. He has a closed panel.

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Specializes in Clinical Cytogenetics, Other, Pediatric Genetics
51 Pinecroft Road
Weston, MA
 

Dr. Celeste Krauss practices clinical cytogenetics and pediatric genetics in Weston, MA. Dr. Krauss attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. She has received the following distinctions: Principle Investigator, Cystic Fibrosis Screening; Medical Specialties Staff Achievement Award, Providing Genetic Counseling Services; and Public Education Award, March Of Dimes. She has a closed panel.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
56 Hobson Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Pierre Bitoun specializes in pediatric genetics. His training includes a residency program at Tufts Medical Center. He takes Cigna and Medicaid insurance. Dr. Bitoun has received distinctions including Ama Physician Recognition Award and Physician Recognition Award (AMA). He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
40 Second Ave 520
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Rhonda Spiro practices genetics. She attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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Specializes in Genetics
330 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA
 

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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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