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Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Cytopathology
825 Chalkstone Avenue
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Sumita Gokhale specializes in clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College, Dr. Gokhale performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. She has received the following distinctions: Autopsy Award, Stowell Orbison Competition, USCAP; Second Place, Podium Competition, Texas Society of Pathologists; and Award for Excellence in Patient Care, Dept of Pathology, UTMB. Dr. Gokhale is professionally affiliated with Winchester Hospital (Winchester, MA) and Day Kimball Healthcare. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Lauren J Massingham, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Lauren Massingham is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics. Dr. Massingham is an in-network provider for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) and Hasbro Children's Hospital. She has a closed panel.

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Dr. Mari Mori, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Mari Mori is a pediatric geneticist and clinical biochemical geneticist in Providence, RI. Clinical interests for Dr. Mori include genetic issues. Her professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital (RIH), and Hasbro Children's Hospital. For her professional training, Dr. Mori completed residency programs at UPMC Shadyside, Allegheny General Hospital, and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
Vamc Providence
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Guang Hu's area of specialization is genetics. Dr. Hu is professionally affiliated with Providence VA Medical Center. He is not accepting new patients at this time. He graduated from Harbin Medical University and then he performed his residency at The Miriam Hospital.

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Dr. Chanika Phornphutkul, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Endocrinology, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Chanika Phornphutkul specializes in pediatric endocrinology, pediatric genetics, and clinical biochemical genetics. She graduated from ChiangMai University Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Phornphutkul's professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital (RIH), and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
167 Point Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Nimesh Patel is a molecular genetic pathology specialist. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital (RIH), and Newport Hospital. He accepts Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Patel attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school.

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Specializes in Genetics
79 Plain Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
593 Eddy Street; Po Box Room 234
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
593 Eddy Street; Physicians Office Building, Room 234
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Specializes in Genetics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

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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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