The Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Clinical Research Center

Location and Contact Information

CUIMC
Harkness Pavilion, Floor 5
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032-3791
United States

Principal Investigator

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    • Founding Director, Colleen Giblin Research Laboratories for Pediatric Neurology
    • Associate Chairman, Pediatric Neurosciences and Developmental Neurobiology
    • Co-Director, Motor Neuron Center
    • Director, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Center
    • Chief Emeritus, Pediatric Neurology

About The SMA Clinic

At the Pediatric SMA Clinical Research Center, a neurologist with expertise in SMA and pediatric neuromuscular disease conducts the SMA evaluation. The first step in being evaluated is to be examined by our team of physicians at the clinic. A thorough neurological examination will be conducted and previous tests reviewed. If indicated, additional diagnostic examinations (tests) may be recommended. The Pediatric SMA Clinical Research Center, which operates conjointly with the Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic at Columbia University, is organized according to a team model. The clinic offers special expertise in SMA and other neuromuscular disorders, and provides access to highly skilled neurologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, physiatrists, orthopedists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and therapists who work collaboratively to deliver the utmost compassionate, high quality care to each of the patients we serve. Our specialized SMA Clinic has been established, with the generous support of the SMA Foundation.

Clinical care at the clinic mirrors the published Standard of Care guidelines for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and related neuromuscular disorders.


Mission Statement

The Pediatric SMA Clinic is committed to providing comprehensive multidisciplinary patient care, supporting translational research into the cause and cure for spinal muscular atrophy, educating tomorrow's health care professionals, and reaching out to the community we serve. The SMA clinic offers expertise, education, resources, and guidance to families affected by SMA. We aim to facilitate access to state of the art comprehensive care by working with a network of specialists with expertise in pediatric neuromuscular disease. This multidisciplinary care will allow patients and their families to minimize trips to medical appointments. We will create a plan of care in a compassionate, child friendly environment with the goal of maintaining the highest level of independence and function possible.

Lab Members

  • Claudia A. Chiriboga, MD

    • Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics (in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center) at CUMC
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  • Michio Hirano, MD

    • Lucy G. Moses Professor of Neurology
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  • Matthew B. Harms, MD

    • Associate Professor of Neurology
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  • Nancy E. Strauss, MD

    • Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center
  • Wendy Kay Chung, MD

    • Kennedy Professor of Pediatrics (in Medicine)
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  • Carrie Koval-Burt, MS

    • Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling (in Medicine) at the Columbia University Medical Center
  • Kristin Engelstad, MS

    • Lecturer in Genetic Counseling (in Neurology) at the Columbia University Medical Center
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  • Veronica J. Hinton, PhD

    • Associate Professor of Neuropsychology (in Neurology and in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center) at CUMC
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  • Michael G Vitale, MD

    • Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery (in Orthopaedic Surgery and in Neurological Surgery) at the Columbia University Medical Center
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  • Donnielle Rome-Martin, OTR/L, ATR

    • Instructor in Clinical Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy)
  • Andrei Constantinescu, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center
    Andrei Constantinescu, MD
  • Kimberly Berry, BA

    • Clinical Resch Coordinator
  • Jasim Uddin, BS

    • Senior Staff Associate in the Gertrude H Sergiesvky Center
  • Ameneh Masud, CCRC

    • Clinical Research Manager