The Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital offers comprehensive evaluations and symptom management for patients with confirmed or suspected CMT disease.
- Our multi-specialty team uses a combination of clinical care and patient education to improve the quality of life for patients and families living with this condition.
- We offer opportunities for participation in research studies, including clinical trials, related to the causes, mechanism and treatment of CMT.
- Our Center is recognized in the U.S. and internationally as a leader in CMT patient care and clinical trials and therapies. The center is one of five National Centers of Excellence established by the CMT Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
About Charcot Marie-Tooth Disease
CMT disease is an inherited peripheral nerve disorder caused by a range of changes in the genes responsible for nerve function. People with CMT experience nerve damage resulting in changes in sensation, balance, and muscle strength, especially in the legs and hands. Depending on the genetic variant and other factors, the symptoms range from mild to severe.
The CMT Center provides comprehensive clinical care, disease education, as well as empathy and support for patients and their families. From initial diagnosis to the advanced stages of disease, we work with patients to maximize health and functioning through therapy, exercise and nutrition.
- During your first appointment, you will be evaluated by a neurologist – a specialist trained in neuromuscular diseases, CMT, and other disorders related to CMT.
- Once the CMT diagnosis is confirmed by the neurologist, the multi-specialty care team will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan.
- Depending on your treatment plan, our center can offer physical and occupational therapy, orthotics (bracing and other supportive devices), genetic counseling and electromyography (EMG) testing.
Research and Clinical Trials
The Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Center is part of the Inherited Neuropathy Consortium (INC), a group of academic medical centers, patient support organization, and clinical research resources dedicated to conducting clinical research in different forms of CMT and improving patient care. Our center participates in ongoing studies coordinated by the INC. Our patients who might benefit from and are eligible for clinical research studies are offered an opportunity to participate. Studies may include natural history, genetic and disease biomarker studies.
Extended Care Team
- Christy Smith
- Anne Spar and Meredith Drake
- Michelle Koehler
Orthotist- Dennison Orthotics
- NuMotion and Jeff Cupps
Durable Medical Equipment Rep.
- Jennifer Bolling
Muscular Dystrophy Association Rep.
- Theresa Cox
Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic Coordinator
- Eun Park
CMT Study Coordinator