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The Mass General Hospital Down Syndrome Program integrates state-of-the-art resources with compassionate, comprehensive care through a multi-disciplinary approach. National experts from Massachusetts General Hospital, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary are ready to help your family member with any medical issue that may occur.
Our Down Syndrome Program has five distinct clinical services to ensure that people with Down syndrome receive the specialty care that is specific for their age group:
Each specific age group will have specialists available for that day that will meet the unique health care needs of individuals with Down syndrome for that specific age group.
To request an appointment, please first complete an intake form.
Click here to view our team's special interests in Down syndrome (pdf)
Download our program overview and information about our team members in PDF format:
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We are a collaborative, multidisciplinary team, serving people with Down syndrome of all ages and their families. We provide evidence-based clinical care, education, and cutting-edge research so that individuals with Down syndrome can reach their full potential.
Our passion is to provide healthcare, research, and education that contribute to a world in which all people with Down syndrome are accepted, celebrated and have the opportunity to fully realize their potential.
On the day of your clinic, you will not see all of the providers listed below but the appropriate ones for your age range.
Additionally, we can facilitate referrals for other services, including Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, and others.
Down Syndrome Program Guardianship Packet (PDF): Parents' guide to guardianship including checklist for clinical team report, checklist for medical certificate and frequently asked questions.
Children with Down Syndrome: Health Care Information for Familiesfrom the American Academy of Pediatrics
Directed by Down Syndrome Program co-director Alison Schwartz, MD, this Harvard Medical School course is intended to provide advanced medical students with an exposure to the care of patients with Down syndrome across the age spectrum. People with Down syndrome typically have a number of health needs that arise from their chromosomal condition, which alters the screening tests and milestones that must be considered in the course of a regular clinic visit. Learn more.
Our Newborn with Down Syndrome Medical Work-up (pdf) includes a checklist to help you plan the health screenings and resources that are recommended for babies with Down syndrome.
My daughter has Down syndrome. Would I “cure” her if I could? - 8/3/2016, Mass General Brian Skotko, MD, MPP explains to the mother of a child with Down syndrome how researchers are developing drugs to improve memory.
MGH to build Down syndrome portal - 5/21/2016, Mass General Boston Herald article discusses MGH’s new Down syndrome ‘virtual clinic’ program which will give patients the information they need, while taking stress off overwhelmed primary care physicians.
Positivity Prevails Among Those Touched By Down Syndrome - 3/9/2016, Mass General Disability Scoop article features a study by MGHfC physician Brian Skotko, MD, MPP on the positive attitudes felt in families with a Down syndrome member.
Most Families Cherish a Child With Down Syndrome, Survey Finds - 3/21/2016, Mass General US News and World Reports Wellness article a new MGH study released on World Down Syndrome Day that shows the disease is not viewed as a curse.
Most families cherish a child with Down syndrome - 3/22/2016, Mass General A new study, led by MGHfC physician Brian Skotko, MD, MPP finds in most families, everyone said they loved their family member who had Down syndrome, and almost as many families said they felt pride for the child.
New Effort To Boost Down Syndrome Research - 12/11/2015, Mass General Disability Scoop article quotes MGHfC physician Brian Skotko, MD, MPP.
Doctors Enlist Paintings to Hone Their Skills - 12/31/2014, Mass General The MGH Down Syndrome program, led by physician Brian Skotko, MD, MPP is offering a new perspective on centuries old art work, potentially ‘diagnosing’ a portrait with Down syndrome
Genetic test solves 30-year old mystery behind man’s disabilities - 8/12/2015, Mass General WCVB-TV, Ch. 5, segment quotes MGHfC physician Brian Skotko, MD, MPP.
Drug Trial Holds Promise for Down syndrome, Alzheimers - 3/22/2014, Mass General A new clinical trial is testing whether a drug could help improve memory and cognition in people with Down syndrome and possibly patients with Alzheimer's..
It’s Down Syndrome Day, but for how long? - 3/21/2014, Mass General MercatorNet interviewed Brian Skotko, MD on World Down Syndrome Day, celebrated yearly on March 21, to discuss his passion to serve people with Down – even before they are born.
The Upside of Down Syndrome - 12/17/2014, Mass General Meet Dr. Brian Skotko, champion of extra chromosomes.
IQ-Boosting Drugs Aim to Help Down Syndrome Kids Learn - 3/3/2014, Research Dr. Skotko talks about the potential impact of cognitive enhancing drugs for people with Down syndrome.
New study suggests new natal genetic tests could be offered to all pregnant women - 2/26/2014, Mass General A large new study led by Boston researchers shows a simple blood test could detect chromosomal abnormalities in a fetus, allowing for a new generation of prenatal testing to be offered to all pregnant women.
Can Down Syndrome Be Treated? - 2/24/2014, Mass General Clinical trials conducted at MGH’s Down Syndrome Program and around the world aim to improve cognitive impairment, increasing the chance for an independent living
Doctors Enlist Paintings to Hone Their Skills - 12/31/2014, Mass General The MGH Down Syndrome program, led by physician Brian Skotko, MD, MPP is offering a new perspective on centuries old art work, potentially ‘diagnosing’ a portrait with Down syndrome.
People With Intellectual Disabilities Get a Say in Drug Trials - 3/10/2014, Mass General Doctors work to book understanding from those participating in studies related to Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome.
Down Syndrome Day: Ben Majewski Speaks at UN - 3/21/2014, Mass General Panel discussions on “Health and wellbeing – Access and equality for all” (on the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day).
People With Intellectual Disabilities Get a Say in Drug Trials - 3/10/2014, Mass General Wall Street Journal article mentions Mass General Down Syndrome program.
IQ-Boosting Drugs Aim to Help Down Syndrome Kids Learn - 3/3/2014, Mass General Bloomberg article features Dr. Brian Skotko of the Mass General Down Syndrome program.
Can Down Syndrome Be Treated? - 2/28/2014, Mass General Science Magazine article features Dr. Brian Skotko of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program.
Grand Rounds presentation by Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program October 9th, 2012.
Grand Rounds presentation by Alison T. Schwartz, MD, Director of the Transitions Program at Mass General, May 7th, 2013.
Dr. Brian Skotko and members of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program talk to reporters from Japan about the impact of prenatal testing for Down syndrome here in the United States, just as Japan starts to make similar tests available to its people.
Dr. Alison T. Schwartz, clinical co-director of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program, and Ben Majewski, self-advocate resource specialist, talk about how to keep adults with Down syndrome healthy.
Hear how the Mass General Down Syndrome Program helped Karen Kelly and her sisters when unexpected medical complications and problems with guardianship arose.
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