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Extended Health Care Team

Comprehensive assessment of transverse myelitis involves not only a thorough neurological evaluation, but also other consultations to ensure effective management of associated health problems.

We rely on the expertise of our extended health team, specialists in rehabilitation, neuroradiology, neuropsychiatry, urology, and spinal neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Kennedy Krieger Institute International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, all of whom have a particular interest in transverse myelitis:

Acute Neurorehabilitation and Spasticity Management

Dr Robert Samuel Mayer

Dr Robert Samuel Mayer, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, is the Medical Director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He provides consultation and expertise in the management of the acute stages of transverse myelitis while patients are admitted for diagnosis and treatment of acute TM. He additionally offers expertise in management of pain and spasticity on an outpatient basis.

Dr Kathleen Zackowski

Dr Kathleen Zackowski, PhD, is a faculty member at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Department of Rehabilitation. She specializes in assessment of gait disorders and provides patients coming the JHTMC with her expertise and guidance for improvement of daily motor function.


Pediatric Neurorehabilitation

Dr Frank Pidcock

Dr Frank S. Pidcock, MD, Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation and a research scientist at Kennedy Krieger Institute and also Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, provides expertise and has been a longstanding consultant to the JHTMC and TMA.



Dr Adam Kaplin

Dr Adam Kaplin, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, established the Neuropsychiatry clinic for TM and MS Centers. His pioneering work has continued to be one of the most important parts of the JHTMC. Dr Kaplin focuses on the assessment and treatment of issues related to depression in patients affected by transverse myelitis.





Dr Philipe Gailloud

Dr Philipe Gailloud, Associate Professor of Radiology, an interventional neuroradiologist, provides a unique expert evaluation of patients suspected to have vascular abnormalities associated with the development of myelopathies and transverse myelitis, such as arteriovenous fistulas and vascular malformations. As an interventional neuroradiologist, he provides treatment for vascular abnormalities that produce spinal cord dysfunction.

Dr Izlem Izbudak

Dr Izlem Izbudak, Assistant Professor of Radiology focuses on neuroradiological assessment of pediatric myelopathies and research studies of neuroimaging of spinal cord disorders.




Dr Edward James Wright

Dr Edward James Wright, Associate Professor in the Department of Urology, provides most needed expertise on assessment and treatment of the bladder and urological problems which patients with transverse myelitis frequently experience.



Learn more about our core team members.

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To request an appointment or refer a patient, please contact the Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center at 410-502-7099, option 1.
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Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337


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