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Neuromuscular Medicine Program

Contact number | 202-476-6193
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Combining Compassionate Care with Expertise

The Neuromuscular Medicine Program at Children’s National Hospital leverages the expertise of an interdisciplinary team, cutting-edge research and innovative technologies to care for a wide range of neuromuscular conditions.

Meet our team

The Neuromuscular Medicine Program at Children’s National Hospital provides expert comprehensive and compassionate care for the evaluation, management and treatment of infants, children and teenagers with neuromuscular conditions. As one of the largest referral sites for children for neuromuscular care and treatment in the Washington, D.C., region, our program leverages the expertise of our specialists to provide highly coordinated care that emphasizes improving your child’s quality of life and health.

Our detailed diagnostic testing and expert care team allows for personalized care for your child, whether they are in the early stages of diagnosis or under long-term care for rare diseases. 

Choosing Children’s National for Pediatric Neuromuscular Care

Neuromuscular diseases frequently lead to some form of weakness or abnormal motor development. These can be disorders that affect the motor neurons, nerves, muscles or the communication between nerves and muscles (neuromuscular junction). Since neuromuscular disorders frequently cause muscle weakness, children affected by neuromuscular disease require multidisciplinary care aimed at maintaining general health, promoting growth and development and optimizing functional activities. 

This journey may begin for some families with a prenatal diagnosis or for parents who are identified as carriers for a hereditary neuromuscular disease, to babies identified by newborn screening with particular conditions and to those infants or children who come to our clinic after onset of symptoms. In all cases, we are here for your child and your family to provide in depth and up to date guidance, support, care and treatment.

What Our Program Offers

More About the Neuromuscular Medicine Program

Contact Us

Please call our program coordinator at 202-476-6193 or new patient scheduling line at 202-476-3611 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Referring providers can contact us at 202-476-6193 or via email to Kathleen Smart.

Neuromuscular Medicine Program Team

  • Diana Bharacha-Goebel

    Diana Bharucha Goebel
    Neuromuscular Neurologist

  • Jessica Chong

    Jessica Chong
    Physician Assistant

  • Jullie Rhee

    Jullie Rhee
    Nurse Practitioner

  • Peter Shibuya

    Peter Shibuya
    Nurse Practitioner

  • Children's National Hospital

    Olivia De Jong
    Nurse Practitioner

  • Lindsay Weigley

    Lindsay Weigley
    Physician Assistant
    Bone Health, General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Christopher Spurney

    Christopher Spurney
    Associate Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program
    Cardiologist

  • Nadia Merchant M.D.

    Nadia Merchant
    Endocrinologist

  • Kara Simpson

    Kara Simpson
    Genetic Counselor

  • Maria Almira-Suarez

    Maria Almira-Suarez
    Neuropathologist

  • Shannon McClure-Kelly

    Shannon Kelly
    Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
    Spine, Cerebral Palsy, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Laura Tosi

    Laura Tosi
    Director, Bone Health Program
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Rare Bone Disease, Bone Health and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Katherine Kundrat
    Physical Therapist

  • Maria Arroyo

    Maria Arroyo Morr
    Pulmonologist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Melissa Fleming
    Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Mi Ran Shin

    Mi Ran Shin
    Associate Fellowship Program Director, Rehabilitation Medicine
    Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Maria Ritzo

    Marie Ritzo
    Clinical Social Worker
    Team Leader

  • Children's National Hospital

    Margaret Martinez
    Program Coordinator, Neuromuscular Medicine Program

  • Children's National Hospital

    Kathleen Smart
    Program Coordinator, Neuromuscular Medicine Program, Muscular Dystrophy Association Care Center and Spinraza Program

  • Children's National Hospital

    Carrie Harris
    EMG Technician