Mitochondrial Medicine Center

Mitochondria are the energy producing parts of the cell, and genetic disorders of the mitochondria can lead to multi-system medical problems requiring specialized care.

As a designated Mitochondrial Medicine Center by the national Mitochondrial Care Network, our multidisciplinary program provides comprehensive care for children and adults with genetic mitochondrial diseases.

In addition to clinical care and clinical research, we partner with renowned basic science researchers in the departments of Physiology, Cardiology, and Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to promote translational discoveries in mitochondrial disorders.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Leigh Disease
  • Mitochondrial Eye Diseases
  • Mitochondrial Encephalopathy, Lactic Acidosis, and Stroke-like episodes (MELAS)
  • Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy
  • Myoclonic epilepsy with ragged-red fibers (MERRF)
  • Kearns Sayre Syndrome
  • Barth Syndrome
  • Mitochondrial DNA mutations
  • Mitochondrial myopathy
  • Respiratory Chain Disorders
  • Neuropathy, ataxia, and retinitis pigmentosa (NARP)

Our Team


Hilary J. Vernon, MD PhD

  • Associate Professor of Genetic Medicine

Genetic Counselors

Krista Schatz, M.S., C.G.C.

Certified Genetic Counselor

Krista Schatz

Rebecca McClellan, C.G.C.

Christie Smith, C.G.C.

Research Coordinator

Ryan Manuel, BS

Nutrition Specialist

Celide Koerner, R.N., M.S.R.D.

Celide Koerner