New Leukodystrophy Center Opens at WCM

The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the opening and accreditation of our new Leukodystrophy Center (LC),  directed by Dr. Eric Mallack, an assistant professor of pediatrics and co-directed by Dr. Jamie Palaganas, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, both in Division of Child Neurolgy at Weill Cornell Medicine.

There are more than 50 types of rare genetic disorders that disrupt the central nervous system​, known as leukodystrophies. Collectively, ​these disorders affect about 1 in 7,000 people. 

Allied with the New York State Newborn Screening Program and in collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team committed to improving the lives through comprehensive and innovative medical care to children and adults affected by these progressive disorders, and aims to connect patients and families with patient advocacy groups and other resources. 

Dr. Eric Mallack

Dr. Mallack, who is also an assistant attending pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, completed his residency in Pediatrics and Child Neurology at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital.

The LC is a Leukodystrophy Care Network Certified Center. The Leukodystrophy Care Network (LCN) is a community of affected families, organizations and medical providers committed to revolutionizing the health and quality of life of individuals affected by leukodystrophies with proactive, innovative, and comprehensive medical care standards and specialized centers.   

Pictured:  LC Director Dr. Eric Mallack discusses advanced neuroimaging in cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy at a research in progress seminar hosted by WCM's Clinical and Translational Science Center.  

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