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Sickle Cell Neurodevelopmental Clinic
Kennedy Krieger Institute • 801 North Broadway • Baltimore, MD 21205
Michael V. Johnston, M.D.
Eboni I. Lance, M.D.
About Our Program:
The Kennedy Krieger Institute Sickle Cell Disease Neurodevelopmental Clinic will assess the neurological and developmental functioning of children with sickle cell disease. Each patient will receive a full neurodevelopmental evaluation, including complete neurological examination, developmental testing, review of any outside imaging/testing, and suggestions for services/further evaluations as indicated. Our team will coordinate care with the patient’s primary care providers (pediatricians/hematologists), an efficient approach that allows our team to expedite the next steps for laboratory evaluation, appropriate referrals, and patient management.
Additional medical consultation is available as needed from pediatric physicians trained in neurogenetics, sleep medicine, psychiatry, and rehabilitation.
Primary Program Goals:
Children with sickle cell disease quite commonly have associated neurological and developmental complications, including strokes, seizures, and cognitive dysfunction. In addition, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disabilities, language issues, and executive dysfunction may also be seen and require additional assistance to optimize functional abilities. These conditions severely impact these children’s functional independence, quality of life, and educational pursuits, as well as increase their risk of future complications. Early recognition, evaluation, and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders will increase compliance with therapeutic regimens, minimize the need for other consultation, improve mental health outcomes for children with sickle cell disease andhelp these children reach their fullest potential.
Hours of Operation:
Weekdays, by appointment only.
Medical Director: Dr. Eboni Lance
Clinic Coordinator Pat Rowe
Phone: (443) 923-9150