TENNESSEE HDSA CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
HDSA Centers of Excellence provide an elite team approach to Huntington’s disease care and research. Patients benefit from expert neurologists, psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, counselors and other professionals who have extensive experience working with families affected by HD and who work collaboratively to help families plan the best HD care program throughout the course of the disease. Applications to become an HDSA Center of Excellence are open to all clinics in the United States who share HDSA’s commitment to high-quality, comprehensive care and access to clinical research. HDSA reviews the applications received annually. All the clinics that meet the criteria are designated to be HDSA Centers of Excellence.
In Tennessee, there are three HD Clniics that have met the stringent HDSA Center of Excellence criteria. The clinics offer care and support to HD patients and their families from pre-diagnosis through the late stages of the disease. This continuity of care in the local community is invaluable for living well with HD. Each clinic offers access to a team of professionals who have extensive experience with HD patients and the challenges that HD families encounter. The teams include neurologists; psychiatrists; genetic counselors; social workers; nutritionists/dieticians, and speech, physical, and occupational therapists. The team approach results in closely-coordinated care for each patient and the specialized knowledge and experience enables the clinics to assist with all aspects and effects of the disease in day-to-day life. The Tennessee HDSA Centers of Excellence are actively involved in HD clniical research and maintain relationships with HDSA locally and nationally to continually improve the lives of those affected by HD and their families. Their relationships with the other HDSA Centers of Excellence in the 50-member COE network serve to enable sharing of new HD discoveries and research.
- Erlanger Health System, 979 East Third Street, Suite C-830, Medical Mall, Chattanooga, TN 37403 - Director: Elizabeth Ferluga, MD; Clinic Coordinator: Aimee King, Phone: 423-778-9450 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
; Social worker: Sarah Hines, LCSW - Phone: 423-778-9001 - Email: email@example.com
- Cole Neuroscience Center (UT Medical Center), 2200 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919 - Director: Christopher Tolleson, MD, MPH; Clinic Coordinator: Susan Benson; Phone: 865-521-6174 ext. 21 - Email: SBenson@utmck.edu
- Phone number for appointments: 865-521-6174; Social Worker: Charlotte Sorensen - Phone: 865-305-2773 Option 5 - Email: CSorenson@utmck.edu
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Director: Daniel Claassen, MD; To make an appointment at the Vanderbilt HD Clinic, contact Elizabeth Huitz at (615) 936-1007. The clinical trial research facility is housed at The Villages of Vanderbilt. The HD Clinic is held in the Preston Research Building. For more information about the HD Clinic, click here