Dr. Maulik Shah

Clinical Genetics
Gainesville, FL
26 years experience male

Locations

Clinic for Genetic Medicine

Gainesville, FL

Address

7550 West University, Suite B, Gainesville, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(877) 465-6936

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

Medicaid

UnitedHealthcare

Medicare

AvMed Health Plan

Aetna

Humana Insurance Company

About

Bio

My passion is Global Health and Medical Genetics. I trained at the Medical College of Virginia and the National Institutes of Health. At NIH, our laboratory was the first to perform a human gene therapy trial. After research training, I finished a residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Clinical Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. I then became a faculty member at Saint Louis University where I was Chairman of the Student Progress Committee, a researcher at the SLU Cancer Center and a Geneticist at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. In 2006, I developed technology to lower the cost of diagnostic testing and started my first company after winning the Skandalaris Business Formation prize. I am currently the Medical Director for GuidePoint Labs.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Clinical Genetics

Genetics Counseling

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Florida

Languages spoken

Gujarati

Doctor Q&A

113 Answers
15 Agrees
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Possibly: EGFR mutations are somatic meaning they occur within the tumor and can be used for targeted treatment but are not inherited and not associated with su... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
It can be serious: Iron overload in hemochromatosis can be quite serious and result in damage to a number of organs. Liver damage is the most serious and may result in ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Yes: Usually, a doctor's visit and order is required and it is mandatory if you are hoping to bill the test to insurance. However, there are some companie... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
It's variable: For any given disease, there is a contribution of genetics, environment, diet and development. For rare genetic syndromes like pku, the genetic compo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Roseroot: Roseroot is a herbal supplement derived from a plant that grows in cold climates near the artic circle. It has been used for years as a way of improv... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Yes: Embryonic differentiation of the urogenital tract starts along a common pathway. It is the presence of male factors being expressed from the sry regi... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Yes but....: However, that is not necessarily due to their being a greater number of genetic mutations in the population. Part of the explanation is that we are d... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Yes but....: Difficult to make a definitive judgement since hypertension is caused by a large variety of factors. In most individuals, high blood pressure is idio... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Molecular Methods: Identifying alleles associated with disease can be done by numerous different methods depending on the type of genetic alteration. Gene sequencing is... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Probably: Genetic ancestry testing looks at how an individuals genetics may compare across ethnic backgrounds. Genetic alterations in the Y-chromosome, Mitocho... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Possibly: Ca19.9 elevated to that degree is often associated with cancer. Given the elevated CEA as well, these likely represent a cancer diagnosis. By themse... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Get Tested: G6pd is a genetic disorder located on the x-chromosome. There are a large number of variants of this disorder. You should talk to your doctor about ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Petroleum jelly: Forehead is an odd place but it could be eczema but i would see your pediatrician. In general, any good moisturizer would work but petroleum jelly (v... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Add corticosteroids: Given your genetic history, it is often important to know the underlying genetic alteration as it helps determine treatment effectiveness. Immune sys... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Repeat the test: Trace sugar in the urine is not worrisome by itself. It may represent the onset of diabetes. You should have it repeated along with glucose measurem... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Non-mendelian: The genetics of behavior and in particular behavioral eating falls under the category of complex genetics where there are multiple genes contributing.... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
No: There are no consensus guidelines on the prevention of neuritis (nerve inflammation) in herpes zoster involving the nerves responsible for hearing. H... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Breast cancer: BRCA refers to a set of genes that have been associated to confer a higher risk of developing certain cancers. It was first identified in women with ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Yes: Albinism is categorized into a number of different disorders all with different genetic alterations. As a result, it is difficult to predict inherita... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
No: Beta thalassemia is a disorder of hemoglobin. Numerous different mutations can result in altered hemoglobin. In beta thal major, there are two abnor... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Avoid: Not sure about how well n-acetyl-l-tyrosine is absorbed and metablized in the body. However, the base component, tyrosine is an Amino Acid that is in... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
See a doctor: Feeling breathless with a fast heart rate could be either a sign of heart or lung disease. Heart arrhythmias can result in a fast heart beat resultin... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
A lot: The FDA has approved a large number of targeted therapies. These therapies target specific proteins on the surface of cancer so each therapy can be a... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Probably Pool: In dysautonomia, their is an inability to regulate the autonomic nervous system. As a result, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature can fluctuate d... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Dehydration: Low BP is not necessarily a cause for concern. The normal range for BP varies quite considerably. BP is considered low only if it causes symptoms su... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Ligament tear/strain: Pts with eds have ligamentous laxity or loose ligaments. As a result, any type of joint discomfort should be evaluated as it may be due to a tear or ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
In the gamete: Duplication of chromosomes occurs in the gametes. The gametes are the cells responsible for creation of the egg in women or sperm in men. The proces... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
No: In some cases of genetic disorders there is a founder effect such that a certain genetic disorder runs within that ethnic backround. An example is as... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Gallbladder or liver: You are describing jaundice. Jaundice is often associated with gallstones or other causes of blockage of bile from the gall bladder. Liver or pancre... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Cannot Predict: There are too few cases of jacobs syndrome to make any prognostic judgments. Most patient will have some degree of flexion contracture of a joint and... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Possibly: Mitochondrial disorders can have varying symptoms. Ptosis, hypotonia and muscle issues are a common finding. Autism or cognitive impairment is often... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Rest, Ice, Ibuprofen: The scapula is rarely broken and more commonly the fracture involves the collar bone. For true scapular fractures it depends on the location and if i... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Rhabdomyolysis: Essentially, you are not bleeding in the urine but have had muscle breakdown from intense activity and dehydration, a condition called rhabdomylosis. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Eye Floater: You are describing an eye floater which is caused by an irregularity in the vitreous gel of the eye. The fact that your retinal exam is normal is goo... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Hyperhypertrophy: Does the right and left measure the same in length or circumference? What you describe could be swelling due to vascular insufficiency, blood clots, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Too many to list: Eds is a group of disorders with at least 10 different subtypes. The manifestations depend on what subtype you may have. Ultimately, individuals wit... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
See a Geneticist: You are not all alone. As a geneticist, I have many patients with hh. The prevalence of hh is between 3-5 / 1000 persons. That's not high but that ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Yes: What your are describing is an embryonic defect in the abdominal wall. This is often due to some genetic abnormality during embryo development. There... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Possibly: Anxiety and depression may have a genetic component. However, because possible contributing factors may be shared by family members (all exposed to t... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Probably safe: This combination is used quite commonly. Meloxicam is quite safe with the big side effect be stomach upset and possibly stomach bleeding. Amitriptyl... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Please see a doctor: There is very little risk in taking Geritol but that depends on your kidney function. Excess of vitamins can be harmful and your vitamin dose and reg... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Possibly: To figure out if BRCA testing would be useful for you, it depends on the number of individuals with breast cancer in your family, the age at developme... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Refer for testing: A number of companies offer genetic testing as well as counseling services. I often use guidepointlabs for this purpose. It is often easier to have ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Carrier vs. Affected: Sickle cell trait denotes being a carrier while sickle cell disease is someone who has the disorder. Sickling requires 2 genes. A person with the s ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
One is a carrier: Hd is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. It is a unique disorder in that the genetic alteration is one where there is an expansion of the co... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
blood vessels dilate: Does this happen with all alcohol or just red wine? Many individuals will have histamine release due to alcohol exposure which results in the flushing... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Yes: The increased need for Albuterol suggests a worseing of your reactive airway disease. It will be important to identify the appropriate triggers and t... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Yes: The caveat is that there are a number of studies which show no benefit to supplements in preventing altitude sickness. However, altitude sickness is ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
Possibly: Every nutritional supplement can lead to side effects. Side effects are variable by individual. As a geneticist, I have seen patients with a rare co... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 26 years experience
No correct answer: Children with down's syndrome have certain features that are indicative while in utero. Weight is not one of them. In utero weight is dependent on s... Read More
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Feb 5, 2014
Dr Shah provides very helpful, accurate & thoughtful answers & brings credit to Healthtap.
Nov 10, 2013
Dr. Shah is smart, sensible, and gives excellent advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shah is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! It is only with red wine. Thanks so much. Appreciate your quick reply.
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) if HbsAb +ive mean prior or recent hepatitis infe.???wat about HbeAb?
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Sir, Is hb E/ beta thall curable or changeable?Pls advice.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

Texas Medical Center

Awards

Life Achievement Honor Award, Lifetime Achievement Award
A.D. Williams Research Fellowship Award, Medical College of Virginia
Burrough-Welcome Award

Affiliations

Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor- University of Florida
St Vincent Medical Center
Shands Hospital at University of Florida
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