Overview

Katherine B. Sims MD Endowed Chair in NeurogeneticsDirector, Neurogenetics ProgramCo-Director, MGH Neurogenetics Diagnostic Laboratory

Departments

Neurology

Genetics

Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Neuromuscular problems of infants and children
  • Motor neuron disease
  • Neurogenetic disorders
  • Dystonia
Medical Education
  • MD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Clinical Genetics (M.D.)
  • Neurology
Locations
  • 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
  • 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
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Pediatric and Adult
Gender
Female

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Biography

Kathryn J. Swoboda is a neurologist and geneticist with particular expertise in motor disorders with childhood onset. Her primary research efforts include genotype/phenotype studies targeting the underlying molecular disease pathogenesis, biomarker development and treatment of inherited motor disorders. She has directed or collaborated in numerous clinical trials and studies in children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy(SMA), alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC),inherited disorders of neurotransmitter biosynthesis and metabolism (Segawa disease, DHPR and PTPS deficiency), and other disorders, including childhood-onset ataxias and neurodegenerative disorders. She is actively engaged in pilot initiatives to support newborn screening for neurodegenerative disorders with onset in infancy or childhood, including SMA, Pompe and other rare neurologic disorders. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Child Health and Development, the National Institutes of Neurologic Disease and Stroke, Families of SMA, Fight SMA, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the SMA Foundation, the Pediatric Neurotransmitter Disorder Foundation, and the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation.

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Contact

Neurogenetics Program
185 Cambridge Street 5-240
Simches Research Building
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-5732
Neurogenetics Clinic
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-5732
Fax: 617-724-9620

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