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Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic
Kennedy Krieger Institute • 801 North Broadway • Baltimore, MD 21205
Jay R. Shapiro, MD
Director, Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic
Emily L. Germain-Lee, MD
Associate Director, Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic
About Our Program:
To address osteogenesis imperfecta's (OI) complex implications, the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute comprises an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals. This comprehensive team ensures a thorough evaluation of patients' individual needs. Patients can choose to receive consultation at the OI clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute on a one-time or as-needed basis. Or, patients can receive continuous follow-up care.
Initial evaluations involve the following experts:
- An endocrinologist assesses patients' medical status and makes treatment and medication recommendations
- An orthopedic surgeon determines surgical needs and, if necessary, performs corrective surgery
- A radiologist to measure bone density
- A physical therapist to offer therapeutic interventions and assists with mobility issues and activities of daily living
- A physiatrist assesses the need for improving function and offers recommendations for bracing, therapies and exercises
Services offered at the clinic include the following:
- Biochemical testing
- Genetic analysis and counseling
- Growth parameters
- Referrals for bone densitometry, a noninvasive technique that measures bone density
- State-of-the-art treatment aimed at increasing bone density and decreasing fractures
- X-rays, as required for diagnosis and treatment
OI patients can also take advantage of the following complementary services offered at KKI:
- Audiology: Evaluates patients for hearing loss (common in individuals with OI)
- Nutrition: Makes dietary recommendations to maximize bone strength
- Orthotics: Fits patients with braces
- Social Work: Provides services for patients and families who need support coping with OI
- Out-of-State Consultation Service: Works with patients' local physicians to implement appropriate treatment protocols
Primary Program Goals:
Diagnosis and treatment of children and certain adults with Osteogenesis Imperfecta and related heritable disorders.
Hours of Operation:
Multidisciplinary clinics are held Tuesday through Friday afternoons of each month. Patient appointments are scheduled on an as needed basis, daily.
To make a referral or request an initial evaluation please contact:
Phone: (443) 923-2703