Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 801 North Broadway • Baltimore, MD 21205

Directors:

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.

Contacts:

To make a referral or request an initial evaluation please contact:
Dionna Hicks
Phone: (443) 923-2703
Email: hicks@kennedykrieger.org

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