Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic

Caring for Children with Neuromuscular Disorders

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for children with neuromuscular disorders. MDA covered diagnoses include the following:

  • Muscular Dystrophy —
    Duchenne, Becker, Congenital, Limb-Girdle, Myotonic, FSH, Emery-Dreifuss, etc.
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Congenital Myopathy
  • Metabolic Myopathy
  • Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis
  • Hereditary Motor & Sensory Neuropathy (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease)
  • Myasthenia Gravis and Congenital Myasthenia
  • Myotonia and Periodic Paralysis
  • Friedreich's Ataxia

The MDA Clinic offers multispecialty care, to provide all relevant services to children with neuromuscular disease in a single visit. Services available through the MDA Clinic include:

  • Nutrition
  • Social Work
  • Adaptive Equipment Specialists
  • MDA Patient Service Coordinator
  • Patient/Parent Support Group
  • Newsletter Regarding Research Developments
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) project
The MDA Clinic offers both evaluation of children suspected of having nerve or muscle disorders, and ongoing management of children with confirmed MDA covered conditions. Through the MDA Clinic Grant, financial support for clinic visits and selected diagnostic tests may be provided. As always, obtain a referral from your health insurance plan to the MDA Clinic if you are required to do so.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Project
Children's has collaborated with Columbia University to study and better understand the cognitive difficulties that boys, ages 3-17, with DMD and Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) experience, and try to offer suggestions to make these difficulties less severe.  The project, titled "Cognitive Skills in Boys with Muscular Dystrophy" has been funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Development of NIH; the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke; and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The DMD Project has currently seen over 250 patients, and is actively looking for others to be involved!  Please contact Jacqueline Kiefel, Ph.D., for more information related to the evaluation of any aged child with DMD for concerns about school and behavior, or to inquire about becoming a participant in the DMD preschool study (ages 3-6). 

DMD Project Contact at Children's  
Jacqueline Kiefel, Ph.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
Neuropsychology department
1001 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
404-785-2849
jackie.kiefel@choa.org