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Rady Children's Specialists

Neurology

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) Clinic

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 5,000 individuals, can affect many organs in the body, including the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and skin. TSC is a lifelong condition in which complications can arise at any time. The most effective means of providing medical care is to use a team approach.

Established  in 2015, the TSC Clinic brings together various specialists in one location so that patients can be seen by several specialists in a single visit. The clinic treats and follows children into adulthood. Team members include a pediatric neurologist, nurse manager, pediatric cardiologist, pediatric nephrologist, pediatric pulmonologist and pediatric neuro-oncologist, as well as specialists in pediatric ophthalmology, psychology, dermatology and neurosurgery. The clinic has been approved as a TSC Center by the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, a national organization that fosters education, awareness and research on the condition.

Team

Our multidisciplinary team includes:

Anuja Jindal, M.D., M.P.H., Director; Pediatric neurologist and specialist in neurodevelopmental disabilities

Marsha Harp, R.N., Nurse manager

Maria Coronel, Administrative coordinator

Beth Printz, M.D., Pediatric cardiologist

Peter Yorgin, M.D, Pediatric nephrologist

Jessica Sprague, M.D., Pediatric dermatologist

Sophia Ceulemans, M.S., LCGC, Genetic counselor

Jazlyn Alameda, Social worker

Research

Research is an important part of the clinic, with a focus on developing a better understanding of TSC and how to treat it. It has been one of the study sites for a multicenter trial of the drug everolimus for the treatment intractable epilepsy in TSC and continues to participate in the long-term follow-up phase of the study. The clinic is also exploring basic science opportunities related to the m-TOR cellular pathway and collaborates with other TSC centers around the country.