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Comprehensive Down Syndrome Program

Dedicated to providing comprehensive services and compassionate care for individuals with Down syndrome across the life span.

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The Duke Comprehensive Down Syndrome Program was developed to provide family-centered medical care for individuals with Down syndrome. Using the guidelines developed by the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group for systematic, preventative care, our physicians work in conjunction with the patient's primary care provider.  The clinic team focuses on maximizing the development of individuals with Down syndrome by managing medical issues, connecting them with community resources, and teaching families to advocate for their children.  The clinic has provided specialty care to over 1,000 patients and their families since its inception in 1995.

Photo Credit: Melissa Cackovic

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The Duke Comprehensive Down Syndrome Program is a multidisciplinary referral clinic for the management of Down syndrome in infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents.  

Our core clinical physicians and staff have expertise in Down syndrome. We provide same-day access to specialists in order to reduce the number of hospital/clinic visits for patients and their families. We can also arrange for your child to see a specialist from our ancillary services, or any physician within the Duke Health System.  A coordinated approach to care allows our team to observe medical, social, and behavioral concerns common to the Down syndrome population.

Clinical research is an important component of our program.  The goal of the crossdisciplinary research that occurs in our facility is to accelerate healthcare and quality of life outcomes for individuals with Down syndrome.


Priya S. Kishnani, MD Co-Director, Pediatric Geneticist
Gordon Worley, MD Co-Director, Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician
Vandana Shashi, MD Pediatric Geneticist
Loren D.M. Pena, MD, PhD Pediatric Geneticist
Joan M. Jasien, MD Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician
Terri L. Young, MD Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Ophthalmic Genetics
Laura B. Enyedi, MD Pediatric Ophthalmologist
James Burke, MD Neurologist, Alzheimer's Disease
Eileen M. Raynor, MD Pediatric Otolaryngologist
Angelo S. Milazzo, MD Pediatric Cardiologist
Michael G.W. Camitta, MD Pediatric Cardiologist
Stephanie Burns Wechsler, MD Pediatric Cardiologist
Robert D. Fitch, MD Pediatric Orthopedist
Neil S. Prose, MD Pediatric Dermatologist
Nancie MacIver, MD Pediatric Endocrinologist
Richard M. Kravitz, MD Pediatric Pulmonologist
John S. Wiener, MD Pediatric Urologist

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Core Clinical Staff

Stephanie DeArmey, MHS, PA-C Certified Physician Assistant
Jayne Sahadi, RN Clinic Nurse
Jane Ann McKillop, MS, CGC Certified Genetic Counselor
Sarah J. Hart, PhD, MS Clinic Coordinator, Genetic Counselor
Katie Berrier, MS, CGC Genetic Counselor
Surekha Pandyal, RD, LDN Metabolic Dietician
Gina Miller, LCSW Social Worker
Andrea Hartzell, PT Physical Therapist
Melinda Roman, MA Speech Therapist/Feeding Evaluation
Jennifer E. Kern, MS, CCC-SLP Speech Therapist/Feeding Evaluation
Lauren E. Gardner, MS, CCC-SLP Speech Therapist

Ancillary Services

David K. Wallace, MD, MPH Pediatric Ophthalmologist
Sharon F. Freedman, MD Pediatric Ophthalmologist
Jennifer S. Li, MD Pediatric Cardiologist
Michael P. Carboni, MD Pediatric Cardiologist
Michael S. Freemark, MD Pediatric Endocrinologist
Robert W. Benjamin, MD Pediatric Endocrinologist
Deanna W. Adkins, MD Pediatric Endocrinologist
Philip M. Rosoff, MD Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist
Corinne M. Linardic, MD, PhD Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist
Susan G. Kreissman, MD Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist
Daniel S. Wechsler, MD, PhD Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist
Andrew J. Lodge, MD Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon
William B. Gallentine, DO Pediatric Neurologist
Henry E. Rice, MD Pediatric Surgeon
Gail A. Spiridigliozzi, PhD Pediatric Psychologist

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Research Collaborators

Harrison Jones, PhD Speech Pathologist
Gail A. Spiridigliozzi, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist
Donald C. Lo, PhD Center for Drug Discovery
P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
K. Ranga Krishnan, MB, ChB Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Alex Kemper, MD, MPH, MS Primary Care Pediatrics

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Clinic Hours & Locations

Lenox Baker Children's Hospital
3000 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705
Tel: 919-684-6669

Hours: First and third Thursdays of each month, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Duke Children's & WakeMed Children's Specialty Services
WakeMed Raleigh Medical Park
23 Sunnybrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
Tel: 919-350-7584
Hours: Second Wednesday of each month, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Additional Locations

For patient convenience, ours services are also provided at the following additional locations:

Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919-668-4000

Hours: Daily, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Duke Children's Specialty Services of Fayetteville
1991 Fordham Dr, Suite 200
Fayetteville, NC  28304
Tel: 910-423-7400
Fax: 910-323-9746 

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Appointments and Contact Information

  • For appointments for new patients, please complete this form (Pediatric [PDF, 89.6KB]) and send information to Sarah Hart via phone, fax or email.
    • Phone: 919-613-8307
    • Fax: 919-684-0941
    • Email: sarah.hart@duke.edu
  • For appointments for returning patients, please call Sandra Durden at 919-684-0307.
  • For billing and insurance questions, please call Kristie Lyons at 919-684-4217.
  • For more information about participating in our research studies, please contact Jane Ann Baker at 919-668-4576 or janeann.mckillop@duke.edu.


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