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The Pediatric Neurogenetics and Neuromuscular Clinic of Cedars-Sinai is co-sponsored by the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, and the Medical Genetics Institute. The clinic's purpose is to provide a multi-disciplinary approach towards diagnosing and treating children with inherited diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles. Our team includes neurologists, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, geneticists and genetic counselors with expertise regarding inherited disorders affecting the nervous system, including leukodystrophies, ataxias, spinal muscular atrophies, neuropathies (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), muscular dystrophies (including Duchenne, Becker) or any combination of these disorders.
The clinic is co-directed by Robert Baloh MD, PhD and Tyler Pierson, MD, PhD. Baloh directs the Neuromuscular Medicine Division at Cedars-Sinai, and has an active research program that has identified novel genetic forms of both spinal muscular atrophy and limb girdle muscular dystrophy. Pierson’s research focuses on identifying new neurogenetic syndromes and has participated in the identification of several unique disorders and the diagnosis of many rare diseases. Both are dedicated to not only diagnosing patients with neurogenetic and neuromuscular disorders, but also to bringing cutting edge clinical trials to their patients.
At our clinic, patients undergo examination, diagnostic testing, genetic counseling and long-term care for their disorders. The clinic utilizes state of the art techniques in neurodiagnostic testing (MRI, EMG/NCV, EEG, and muscle ultrasound and biopsy), and genetic investigations (SNP arrays, exome and whole genome sequencing) to determine the etiology of disease. Other common associated findings with these disorders, including epilepsy and developmental delay, are evaluated and treated by our expert team. Importantly, behavioral and neuro-developmental evaluations of patients will add an important element towards these children’s long-term development and care.
For patient convenience, most services are available in the same location at Cedars-Sinai. This may include referrals to other Cedars-Sinai pediatric subspecialists familiar with neurogenetic diseases (neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, ophthalmologists, pulmonologists, and cardiologists). Furthermore, as many of these disorders are extremely rare, our clinic will provide access to clinical and laboratory research here at Cedars-Sinai or in collaboration with other institutions around the world. This type of research will be able to provide further insight and information to patients about their disorders.
- Robert Baloh, MD, PhD; Neurologist, Neuromuscular disorders
- Tyler Pierson, MD, PhD; Pediatric Neurologist, Neurogenetics
- Sulagna Saitta, MD, PhD; Medical Geneticist, Neurogenetics
- Richard Lewis, MD, FAAN: Neuromuscular Clinic
- Y. Jane Tavyev, MD; Pediatric Neurologist, Neurodevelopmental neurology
- Tara Funari, MS; Certified Genetic Counselor
For More Information
For more information about the Pediatric Neurogenetics and Neuromuscular Clinic or to make an appointment, please contact:
Pediatric Neurogenetics and Neuromuscular Clinic
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048