Comprehensive Ataxia Care at Johns Hopkins

The Johns Hopkins Ataxia Center offers a multispecialty approach to the diagnosis and treatment of cerebellar ataxia. We work with patients whose ataxia symptoms are worsening over time to offer long-term care and help navigating the symptoms and underlying conditions. The large number of patients we treat gives our specialists exceptional expertise in assessing, diagnosing and treating the full range of ataxia symptoms. Our specialists are researcher-clinicians who incorporate the latest scientific findings on ataxia into your treatment plan.

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Johns Hopkins Ataxia Center | Overview

The center was founded by and continues to be supported thanks to philanthropic investments from the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Foundation and with the advocacy of the National Ataxia Foundation.

Our Ataxia Specialists

Our ataxia team includes neurologists and other experts, including speech therapists, swallowing experts, physical and occupational therapists, as well as genetic counselors, neuro-ophthalmologists and counselors, who work together to provide comprehensive care to people with cerebellar ataxia.

Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Ataxia Care

Many patients have been told that ataxia is untreatable. However, with the right adaptive devices, the right medical advice, judicious use of medications, proper exercise, and patient and caregiver education, we can substantially improve the quality of life for our patients.

Multi-Specialty Approach

Our neurologists are familiar with the nuances of ataxia and related disorders. They work closely with other specialists to offer a whole-person assessment and treatment.

Convenient Appointments

We strive to have patients seen by experts from a variety of specialties in one clinic on the same day. Learn more about what to expect at your appointment.

Patient Education

A big part of our mission is public and physician education. Our patients have access to educational resources, activities and support groups about ataxia, and have an opportunity to participate in scientific studies and join in our quest to better understand and treat ataxia.

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About Ataxia

Ataxia is an abnormal lack of coordination that can cause a stumbling gait, difficulty with fine motor activities, and vision and sometimes speech problems. Ataxia is a symptom that can occur with a range of health problems, including vitamin deficiencies and genetic mutations.

Learn more about ataxia.

Events and Support Groups

Ataxia Center Support Group

Our support group meets monthly on Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. ET via Zoom.

  • 2024 upcoming meeting dates: 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10
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Thrive Together on Thursdays Wellness Series

This series aims to provide ataxia patients with education, information and resources that will help individuals positively manage their condition and improve their overall quality of life.

Other Programs

For other ataxia programs in your area, please visit the National Ataxia Foundation.

National Ataxia Foundation Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence

Our center has been designated as an Ataxia Center of Excellence by the National Ataxia Foundation in recognition of the comprehensive ataxia care we provide.

Patient Videos

What is pediatric ataxia?

Ask the Ataxia Expert with Dr. Liana Rosenthal

Cerebellar Ataxia Exercises

Ataxia and Cognition

Learn about ataxia support services

Genetic Counseling

Occupational Therapy

Speech-Language Pathology

Ataxia Research

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