Neuromuscular Disorders :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Neuromuscular Disorders

Groundbreaking. Multidisciplinary. Comprehensive. These words don’t just describe our world-class Neuromuscular Disorders program. They are fundamental to our work and the commitment we make to the families who come to us from across the country. Patients benefit from coordinated care from specialists, all with expertise in pediatric neuromuscular disorders.

Coordinated care with pediatric specialists from:

State-of-the-art diagnostic services include:

  • Electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction testing
  • Genetic counseling and genetic testing
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Nerve biopsy
  • Neuromuscular laboratory service

Neuromuscular Clinics

Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic

  • Adult and pediatric patients come for the specialized care in our Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic

Muscular Dystrophy Clinic

  • Our Muscular Dystrophy Clinic is nationally recognized for leading research and clinical care for patients with any of the muscular dystrophy types

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Clinic

  • A joint program between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients from across the United States

Referral Information

Appointments at our Neuromuscular Disorders Clinics require physician referral. Many insurance plans require authorization from the referring physician in order for the patient's care to be covered. Once all necessary referral and authorization information is received, the patient evaluation will be scheduled.

To schedule a visit, please refer your physician to our Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic using our online Request an Appointment form.

Neuromuscular Research

Neuromuscular Disorders research is led by Dr. Kevin Flanigan, Director of the Center for Gene Therapy at The Research Institute, and by Dr. Jerry Mendell, a distinguished muscular dystrophy researcher and investigator at the Center for Gene Therapy. Learn more about neuromuscular research at Nationwide Children’s.

Resources for Families

Welcome Center Services
1-800-792-8401 (ext. 59866)

Ronald McDonald House
(614) 227-3700

Muscular Dystrophy Podcast
"This Month in Muscular Dystrophy" (our monthly podcast hosted by Dr. Kevin Flanigan)

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Nationwide Children’s has done more gene therapy clinical trials for neuromuscular disease than any place in the world. Right now, our ground-breaking SMA1 clinical trial is providing hope to Tenley and all families affected by SMA.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Affects Two Brothers

McNary Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy story featured on NBC's Today Show

Jenn McNary's sons both have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. One is receiving experimental therapy and the other is not.

Watch the McNary story on NBC's Today Show »

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Christopher Walker, PhD, discusses how dystrophin immunity may contribute to muscle disease and complicate experimental therapies.
Jerry Mendell, MD, Director of the Center for Gene Therapy, discusses how being designated as a Wellstone Center will help advance muscular dystrophy research related to immunity.
Jerry Mendell, MD, discusses ongoing muscular dystrophy research efforts at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
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