We found 4 genetics specialists who accept MultiPlan near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Diana Lee Gray MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Genetics, Gynecology
4921 Parkview Place; 5th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Diana Gray is a genetics specialist, obstetrician, and gynecologist. Dr. Gray has a special interest in prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound (sonogram). She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Gray completed her residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Her professional affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Ultrasound, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Dorothy K. Grange MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Dorothy Grange's specialty is pediatric genetics. Dr. Grange's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Marcia C. Willing MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Marcia Willing's area of specialization is pediatric genetics. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Willing's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Dr. James P. Crane MD
Specializes in Genetics
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
660 South Euclid Avenue; Campus Box 8081
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. James Crane practices genetics in Saint Louis, MO. His clinical interests include ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Crane's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is not currently accepting new patients. Dr. Crane attended Indiana University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Ultrasound

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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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