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Rady Children's Specialists

Neurometabolic Clinic

The Neurometabolic Clinic provides diagnosis and management for children and adults with metabolic disorders affecting the nervous system. Patients are referred from San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties. Patients are also referred to our program from throughout the United States and Canada, as well as from overseas.

The majority of patients seen are referred for evaluation of a suspected diagnosis of mitochondrial disease and often have major muscle symptoms. Evaluation typically involves a review of the history, a detailed examination, and metabolic and genetics testing.

The clinic is directed by Dr. Richard Haas, a neurologist at Rady Children’s and director of the Mitochondrial Disease Laboratory, and Dr. Jennifer Yang who is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.  Both Dr. Haas and Dr. Yang are physicians in the National Mitochondrial Care Network at the UC San Diego/Rady Children’s MCN Center.

Dr. Haas is currently the director and principal investigator for the North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC) training fellowship; he aims to train clinician-scientists who will be able to bring promising new treatments for mitochondrial disease into the clinical arena. Trainees will often be present at our clinic.

Clinical trials in mitochondrial disease and enrollment in the NAMDC registry and biorepository are available for some patients. Trainees will often be present in our Neurometabolic Clinic.


Richard Haas, M.D., Director

Jennifer Yang, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences