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Fawn A. Leigh, MD

  • Director, Pediatric Neuromuscular Service


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For appointments with Dr. Leigh at the Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic please call  617-643-4645



Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Pediatric Neuromuscular disorders
  • Neurogenetic disorders
  • Clinical research
  • Drug Development
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Residency, University of Chicago/Comer Children's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Leigh earned her medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where she also completed training in General Pediatrics, followed by Adult and Child Neurology.  Following completion of specialty training, she joined Duke University in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine. At Duke University Medical Center, she developed the Duke Neurofibromatosis Clinic and Biobank.  She directed the Duke Neurofibromatosis Clinic until her recruitment to Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Leigh is also the Director of the Pediatric Neuromuscular Service, which provides mulitidisciplinary care for muscular dystrophies, congenital myopathies, juvenile myasthenia gravis and motor neuron disorder including spinal muscular atrophy and charcot marie tooth. Her expertise in providing multidisciplinary care to pediatric, as well as, adult patients strengthens our program?s family-centered treatment model to provide specialized and continued care for both children and adults

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
In Neurofibromatosis, type 1 (NF1), clinical variability is common.  Prior studies of families affected by NF1 have implicated trait-specific modifier genes as important determinants of the clinical variability in NF1.  The focus of Dr. Leigh's research is directed at searching for modifiers of tumor development, whose identification may provide us with potential therapeutic targets, as well as clues to better understanding of the underlying mechanisms in tumor development. Dr. Leigh expanded this research into understanding Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy(DMD), a neurogenetic condition affecting muscle and multiple organ systems with clinical variability.  Trait specific modifiers related to severity of disease can provide greater insight towards targeted therapies in this complex, multi-system condition.  Current research efforts in DMD include clinical trials and drug development.

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Neurofibromatosis Clinic
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-8770
Fax: 617-724-8769
Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic
165 Cambridge St
8th Floor
Boston MA, 02114
Phone: 617-643-4645
Fax: 617-724-7660

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