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Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Marfan Center

The Marfan syndrome is a heritable disorder of the connective tissue that affects many organ systems, including the skeleton, lungs, eyes, heart and blood vessels. The condition affects both men and women of any race or ethnic group. It is estimated that at least 200,000 people in the United States have the Marfan syndrome or a related connective tissue disorder. Learn more about the Marfan syndrome.

We offer a collaborative approach for treatment of all clinical manifestations of Marfan Syndrome with expertise in genetics, opthalmology, orthopeadics, vascular and cardiac operations.

Several centers throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine provide diagnostic, treatment and counseling services for Marfan patients. These include:

For diagnosis and medical management of the Marfan syndrome:

Center for Genetic and Clinical Evaluation

Genetic Counselors and Clinic Coordinators
Ms. Gretchen Oswald, MS
(410) 955-3071

Cardiologists and Geneticists

Dietz, Harry C, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Appointment Phone: 410-955-3071

Traill, Thomas A, MD

Professor of Medicine
Appointment Phone: 443-997-0270

For advanced genetic studies related to the Marfan syndrome:

The William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research

Dietz, Harry C, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Appointment Phone: 410-955-3071

For individuals with the Marfan syndrome who need evaluation of aortic and heart disease for possible surgical intervention:

The Dana and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases

Cameron, Duke Edward, MD

Professor of Surgery
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
The James T. Dresher Sr. Professor of Surgery
Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Director of Albert "Cubby" and Dana Broccoli Aortic Surgery Center
Appointment Phone: 410-955-2698

For evaluation and management of Marfan ocular problems:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Hereditary Eye Diseases

Jun, Albert Suk, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Appointment Phone: 410-583-2802

For evaluation or management of Marfan orthopedic problems:

The Johns Hopkins Marfan Orthopedic Center

Sponseller, Paul David, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Urology
Vice-Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Riley Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663

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US News and World Report Best HospitalsThe Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked #1 in the nation in 2013 and is the only hospital in history to be ranked #1 for 21 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report.

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