UT Medical Center Designated As Level 1 HDSA Center of Excellence Partner

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is proud to announce that the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) and its Center Programs and Education Advisory Committee (CPEAC), has designated the Cole Neuroscience Center Movement Disorders Clinic as a Level 1 HDSA Center of Excellence Partner. HDSA currently has 41 Centers of Excellence across the United States that provide an elite multidisciplinary approach to Huntington’s disease care and research.

Huntington's Disease Society of America logoRecently, the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) and its Center Programs and Education Advisory Committee (CPEAC), announced that The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cole Neuroscience Center Movement Disorders Clinic has been designated as a Level 1 HDSA Center of Excellence Partner.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a HDSA Center of Excellence and UT Medical Center and Erlanger Health System are HDSA Center of Excellence Partners. HDSA currently has 41 Centers of Excellence across the United States that provide an elite multidisciplinary approach to Huntington’s disease care and research.

Patients benefit from expert neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors and other professionals who have deep 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.

“It is an honor to be partnered with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Erlanger Health System in helping to reduce the distance many families have to travel to find comprehensive HD services,” said Ann Giffin, vice president of UT Medical Center’s Brain and Spine Institute. “Our team is deeply committed to helping families with HD access experienced care and other resources.”

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal inherited genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure.

About HDSA

The Huntington's Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families.

About UT Medical Center

The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the region’s only hospital to achieve status as a Magnet® recognized organization, is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 609-bed, not-for-profit academic

medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online at www.utmedicalcenter.org.