We found 4 genetics specialists who accept WellCare near Manhasset, NY.

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Martin Bialer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics, General Pediatrics
1554 Northern Boulevard; Suite 204
Manhasset, NY
 

Dr. Martin Bialer specializes in pediatric genetics and general pediatrics and practices in Manhasset, NY and New Hyde Park, NY. He is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC), and Northwell Health Physician Partners. He studied medicine at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Bialer is rated highly by his patients. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Oana Elena Vele, MD
Specializes in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
300 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY
 

Dr. Oana Vele practices anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and molecular genetic pathology. Dr. Vele is affiliated with Syosset Hospital, Plainview Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. She welcomes new patients. She graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Vele (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Romanian, French, and Russian.

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Dr. Jordan Seth Laser, MD
Specializes in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
300 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY
 

Dr. Jordan Laser is an anatomic pathologist, clinical pathologist, and molecular genetic pathologist in New York, NY, New Hyde Park, NY, and Manhasset, NY. Dr. Laser is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Syosset Hospital, Plainview Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Joyce Ellen Fox, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1554 Northern Boulevard; Suite 204
Manhasset, NY
 

Dr. Joyce Fox is a pediatric genetics specialist. Dr. Fox's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), Children's Physician Group, and The Children's Care Network. She attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Fox's practice is open to new patients.

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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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