Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Nashville, TN 37232

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Prader-Willi Syndrome Team


Our PWS clinic offers your family access to multiple experts right here at Children's Hospital. Your child gets the medical care they need at one convenient location. 

Jessica Duis MD Geneticist
Jessica Duis, M.D.
, Medical Genetics

  • Makes diagnosis and provided counseling to families
  • Coordinates providers
  • Symptom management
  • Anticipatory guidance to families regarding natural history of disease
  • Patient advocacy
  • Coordination and communication with patients’ primary care physicians
  • Coordination and communication to discuss upcoming patient visits with all involved providers
  • Coordination of research, clinical trials

Ashley Shoemaker, M.D., MSCI
, Pediatric Endocrinology

  • Assesses growth and development of newborns through young adults.
  • Assessment of and management of underdeveloped sex organs and progression through puberty.
  • Initiation of and management of growth hormone therapy from the time of diagnosis through adulthood.
  • Assessment and management of bone health throughout life.

Andrea Huxtable, R.D., LDN

  • Monitoring and management of initial poor feeding and growth.
  • Assessment of intake and growth throughout life.
  • Individualized diet plans and assists in recommendations for environmental modifications.

Pulmonary Medicine
Mohammad Fazili, M.D.
, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

  • Coordination of sleep studies and management on growth hormone.
  • Assessment and management of sleep abnormalities including narcolepsy and cataplexy-like phenotype throughout life
  • Assessment of pulmonary function throughout life.
  • Assessment of long-term outcomes due to respiratory infections and appropriate treatment.

Behavioral Psychology
Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D.
, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Elizabeth Roof, M.A.
, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

  • Assessment and therapeutic treatment of behavioral concerns.
  • Conducts group sessions for parents and individuals with PWS based on age.
  • Performs formal psychological evaluations as needed.

Speech Therapist

  • In the neonatal period, assessment and management of oral-motor skills to maximize oral feeding potential.
  • Evaluation and management of articulation abnormalities.
  • Performs swallow studies as needed.

Last Edited: February 27, 2017
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