Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders


The Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders at Kennedy Krieger

The Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders focuses on early diagnosis, intervention and cutting-edge treatment to unlock the potential of our patients.


Clinical Care

An individual physical therapy plan is developed for each patient to maximize function.


Clinical Research

Patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical studies and drug trials at the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders.


Laboratory Research

Laboratory research is focused on developing novel therapeutics to speed muscle regeneration.

Duchenne with a Future: The Power to Live

Runner-up at the 2012 Neuro Film Festival, Duchenne with a Future: The Power to Live features commentary by Kennedy Krieger's Dr. Kathryn Wagner.

Under the directorship of Dr. Kathryn Wagner, the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders serves an important need within the muscle disorders community. It provides current interdisciplinary clinical care for patients by experts in muscle disease, while leading research programs to develop better and novel therapeutics to treat these disorders in the future. To accomplish these objectives, the Center has three arms: clinical care, clinical research and laboratory research.

The Muscle Disorders Clinic provides multi-disciplinary and individualized care for children and adults. Comprehensive care involves diagnosis and management of the disease by neurologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, endocrinologists and rehabilitative therapists with muscle expertise. Unique strengths of the program include the option of participants to be involved in novel therapies and research, as well as their ability to remain in the program through the transition from childhood to adolescence and through adult life.

About Genetic Muscle Disorders:

There are dozens of different forms of genetic disorders of muscle, many of which are rare in the overall population. Major categories include muscular dystrophy, congenital myopathy and metabolic myopathy. At Kennedy Krieger, we have expertise in, and welcome those with, both rare and common disorders of muscle. Visit the Programs & Services page for more information on some of the disorders of muscle we treat.

About the Center:

The Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders provides expert care for children and adults who have, or are at risk of developing, a muscle disorder from genetic causes, no matter the severity. We see children and adults with a range of disorders and diagnoses.

  • Muscular dystrophies: Duchenne, Becker, Facioscapulohumeral, Myotonic, Congenital, Distal, Emery-Dreifuss, Oculopharyngeal, Limb Girdle
  • Congenital myopathies: Central Core, Myotubular, Nemaline, Ullrich/Bethlem, RyR1
  • Metabolic muscle diseases: Mitochondrial Myopathy, Pompe Disease, McArdles Disease, Carnitine Palmitoyl Transferase Deficiency

"I know that this is a place where my son will get the care he needs as he grows up. Kennedy Krieger is going to open so many doors for Collin." -- Lilleen Walters, mother of patient

Schedule your initial appointment:

We welcome your questions and referrals. To schedule an appointment, for more information about a referral or evaluation, or to speak to someone by phone, please contact:

Care Management Office
Toll-free Referral: (888) 554-2080
Local Referral: (443) 923-9400

Change your appointment date/time or schedule a follow-up appointment:

To reschedule an appointment or to schedule a follow-up appointment, please call the Medical Care Center at (443) 923-2600.

Building Muscle That Lasts

Kennedy Krieger is at the forefront of developing drugs for muscular dystrophy to help kids like Dylan.


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Center Families & Staff Run to End Duchenne

JUNE 18, 2016

Runners at the Dash for Duchenne raise funds for Team Saij which donated $70,000 to the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders

"In My Mind" Artwork Exhibit

A collection of artwork by individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy representing a wide array of interests, techniques, styles, and perspectives.

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