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Dr. Maulik Shah

Clinical Genetics
Gainesville, FL
25 years experience male

Locations

Clinic for Genetic Medicine

Gainesville, FL

Address

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

My office hours

Wednesday: 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
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Autonomic dysfunctio: The symptoms you describe correspond to lack of appropriate blood pressure response and blood flow to the brain when changing position. This can be d... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Yes: The draft sequence of the human genome project has suggested that we may all be carriers of 4-10 different disorders. Individuals can have a variety ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Raise medical info: Rare diseases are often less complex genetically. As a result, understanding the cause and effects of these disorders can often help in our understand... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Yes: Gaucher disease treatment used to be limited to enzyme replacement therapy (ert)with cerazyme as the only product. Since there is now a oral ert prod... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
By replacing defect: Gene therapy is the use of genes for therapeutic effect. The original studies with gene therapy were for corrective gene therapy. To illustrate, pat... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
See a doctor: Most likely this is just local irritation or inflammation. However, there is a condition called temporal arteritis which is an inflammatory condition... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Yes: As a geneticist, i routinely see individuals with microopthalmia as part of a genetic syndrome. Cosmetic surgery can improve the appearance but it de... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
No treatment: More information is needed. For example, are you anemic? If you are not anemic, a normal iron, and normal transferrin without an elevated TIBC does ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Cholesterol therapy: Lpa is part of the cholesterol metabolism pathway. Lpa has recently been shown to be associated with increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Tr... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Rarely: Most trisomy is due to lack of separation of chromosomes in the maternal gamete (egg). Rarely is trisomy of paternal origin although in downs syndrom... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Tuberous Sclerosis: Tuberous sclerosis is often called ts or tsc. It is a hereditary disorder that is characterized by individuals devoloping a small benign lesion calle... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Yes: In most types of dwarfism, there are no reproductive issues and there is no impact on fertility. However, due to the anatomy, it is advised to have g... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Supportively: Patau is a chromosomal abnormality of trisomy 13. There is no treatment of the cause but the various symptoms can be treated. For example, heart defe... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
No: Bowed legs as an isolated sign are not hereditary. However, there are conditions of bone mineralization that have bowed legs along with other manifes... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Extremely variable: The length of an intron is extremely variable. Even within the same gene, the introns of vastly different lengths can exist. Depending on the statis... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Topoisomerase drugs: Angelman syndrome has a variety of neurological and physical issues which are treated supportively. However, the disease is caused by silencing of th... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Yes it can: Accutane and Isotretinoin type drugs have been associated with birth defects. Although the exact mechanism is not known, most of these defects are ca... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
More common: Genetic disorders are becoming more common. 1. With the completion of the human genome project and newer technology like snp arrays we are identifyi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
No: Although there are genetic syndromes and conditions where VSD is part of the syndrome, most are spontaneous anomalies and not heritable. There are a ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Nothing: If I am interpreting your results correctly, the positive control was high. A positive control is used to determine the performance of the test. The... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Yes. Absolutely: Enlarging masses in that area especially since it is in both armpits could be enlarging lymph nodes. There are a number of medical conditions that ca... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Yes: Krabbe is a genetic inherited condition. It is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion. That means that for a patient with krabbe, both parents ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Yes: Depending on the type of OI, there are a number of risks to you in pregnancy ranging from heart valve problems, aneurysms to fracture. Because connec... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
No: Need clarification on how you are Hep B positive. Hep B infection can be acute or chronic. If your ELISA and your HBV DNA are negative then you do n... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Liver/neuro failure: Untreated, Wilson's disease can progress to liver failure and neurological disability and possibly death. With treatment, individuals with Wilson's d... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
No: Coronary CTA with calcium has been validated to show coronary artery disease. Often an assumption is made that significant coronary disease also corr... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
No: XYY syndrome is neither autosomal dominant or recessive. See a geneticist about inheritance patterns. It is often causes by chromosome nondysjunctio... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 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
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Genetic syndrom: For any medical condition, there is a contribution from genetics, environment, diet, development etc. For some disorders the greatest contribution is... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Siblings and childre: Hemochromatosis is inherited as an autosomal recessive manner. That means for any affected individual (person with hfe). The risk to any brothers or... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Increased viscosity: Hemochromatosis is due to abnormal iron absorption. Iron accumulates in a variety of organs. In many cases, the proteins that bind iron are increase... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
No: The BRCA proteins are involved in DNA repair. They also complex with many other proteins that are signal tranducers that regulate how other genes are... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Depends: Coffee by itself will usually not help with headaches. However many individuals respond well to combinations of anti-inflammattories with caffeine. Th... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Factor replacement: There are many types of hemophilia. The treatment options vary by the type and severity. For many hemophilia types, the missing factor is replaced by ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Geneticists: The specialty of genetics is quite broad. Within this category there are specialists on both the clinical and research side who research genetic diso... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 25 years experience
Zinc oxide: Chafing or rubbing of the thighs can result in various skin issues including the development of bullae with serous (inflammatory fluid). I would recco... 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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