We found 4 genetics specialists who accept Bronze Choice HSA 6300 - 2 with IVF near Austin, TX.

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Dr. Jaya Kanniakonil George-Abraham, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1301 Barbara Jordan Boulevard; Suite 200
Austin, TX

Dr. Jaya George-Abraham specializes in pediatric genetics and practices in Austin, TX. Dr. George-Abraham's clinical interests encompass genetic counseling. Her professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and 'Specially for Children. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. George-Abraham completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Counseling, Autism, Growth Problems, Cognitive Problems

Dr. James Bruce Gibson, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
1301 Barbara Jordan Boulevard; Suite 200
Austin, TX

Dr. James Gibson is a clinical biochemical geneticist in Austin, TX. He is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Gibson completed his residency training at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Cytopathology
1301 W 38th Street; Suite 200
Austin, TX

Dr. Mathew Putzi is a clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and cytopathology specialist. Dr. Putzi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Putzi attended Tufts University School of Medicine. United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Putzi honors.

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Dr. Thomas Edward Hughes Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1100 W 39th 1/2 Street
Austin, TX

Dr. Thomas Hughes specializes in pediatric genetics. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Hughes has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge.

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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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