In this presentation, Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, and Clorinda Cottrell, MSW, LICSW, provide an overview of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program, dispel common myths and misperceptions about Down syndrome and offer information and understanding about medical and mental wellness across the lifespan.
Brian Skotko, MD, MPP
Brian Skotko, MD, MPP
Director, Down Syndrome Program
Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down Syndrome
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Departments, Centers, & Programs:
Mass General for Children: Genetics Program
55 Fruit St.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Boston, MA 02114
- MD, Harvard Medical School
- , Harvard Medical School/ BWH
- M.P.P., Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
- Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital
American Board Certifications
- Clinical Genetics and Genomics, American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
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A Board-certified medical geneticist, Dr. Skotko is the Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down Syndrome at Massachusetts General Hospital. As the Director of the hospital’s Down Syndrome Program, he has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities. He co-authored the national award-winning books, Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome and Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters. He is a graduate of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Kennedy School, and he is currently an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Skotko is a leader on clinical and translational research about Down syndrome. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, NPR’s “On Point,” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Dr. Skotko has a sister with Down syndrome and serves on the Honorary Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.
- Skotko, B. (2005). Prenatally diagnosed Down syndrome: Mothers who continued their pregnancies evaluate their health care providers. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 192: 67P77
- Skotko, B.G., Levine, S.P., Goldstein, R. (2011). Having a Son or Daughter with Down Syndrome: Perspectives from Mothers and Fathers. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 155:2335-2347.
- Skotko, B.G., Levine, S.P., Goldstein, R. (2011). Having a Brother or Sister with Down Syndrome: Perspectives from Siblings. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A: 155:2348-2359.
- Skotko, B.G., Levine, S.P., Goldstein, R. (2011). Self-perceptions from People with Down Syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A: 155:2360-2369.
- Lavigne J, Sharr C, Elsharkawi I, Ozonoff A, Baumer N, Brasington C, Cannon S, Crissman B, Davidson E, Florez JC, Kishnani P, Lombardo A, Lyerly J, McDonough ME, Schwartz A, Berrier K, Sparks S, Stock-Guild K, Toler T, Vellody K, Voelz L, Skotko B. (2017). Thyroid dysfunction in patients with Down syndrome: Results from a multi-institutional registry study. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, 173A:1539-1545.
- Elsharkawi I, Gozal D, Macklin EA, Voelz L, Weintraub G, Skotko BG. (2017). Urinary biomarkers and obstructive sleep apnea in patients with Down syndrome. Sleep Medicine, 34:84-89.
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Down Syndrome Across the Lifespan Addressing Medical and Psychosocial Needs in the Healthcare Setting
This presentation will provide an overview of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program, dispel common myths and misperceptions about Down syndrome, and offer information and understanding about the interplay between medical and mental wellness across the lifespan.