Specialists and Care Centers

Ataxia Specialists and Care Centers

Many forms of ataxia are rare conditions that might be challenging to precisely diagnose and treat. It is therefore crucial that patients with ataxia consult neurologists with a special expertise in the field of ataxia.

Doctors collaborate with other health care professionals with expertise on ataxia. Our goal is to create a management plan that is tailored to the individual needs of each patient and can effectively improve their quality of life.

All doctors at the Ataxia Clinic of Northwestern University are Northwestern University-based neurologists who underwent extensive training in movement disorders. They all serve on the faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University and participate in clinical practice, medical education and research programs.

Research Areas

Why Research? Basic and clinical research is the best way to improve our understanding of the causes of ataxia, with the ultimate goal of finding new treatment options. Doctors at the Ataxia Clinic of Northwestern University are actively engaged in both basic laboratory and clinical research projects. Patients can help by donating a small sample of blood that can be conveniently drawn at our Clinic. Such samples will be used for genetic research designed to uncover potential genetic mechanisms for the hereditary forms of ataxia.

Financial Plan

Northwestern Medicine is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of those who are unable to pay for medically necessary or emergency care. When needed, NM provides medically necessary care at free or discounted rates (“Financial Assistance”).

To manage its resources and responsibilities, and to provide Financial Assistance to as many people as possible, Northwestern Medicine has established program guidelines for providing Financial Assistance. However, Northwestern Medicine will always provide emergency care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Northwestern Medicine's Financial Assistance Policy provides several assistance programs. In order to be considered for free or discounted care, you may need to fill out an Application and provide supporting documentation about you and your family’s financial circumstances, such as your income and assets.

For more information, please contact Financial Counseling at the information below.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Medical Group
675 N. Saint Clair Street
Galter Pavilion, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
312.926.6906 or 800.423.0523

How You Can Help

Faculty at the Ataxia Clinic of Northwestern University have been successful in obtaining research funding from governmental agencies as well as private foundations. Such funding is vital to maintaining our basic and clinical research projects.

Nevertheless, as we strive to further our understanding of ataxia, many new fascinating projects remain unfunded. Please contact us if you are interested in making a personal contribution to our Clinic. Donations are tax deductible and will be properly acknowledged.

Meet the Teams

The Northwestern Medicine Ataxia Clinic provides state-of-the-art facilities to diagnose and provide care for patients with ataxia. Patients are evaluated for both acquired and genetic causes through clinical examination and ancillary laboratory testing and imaging.

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center 
Lavin Family Pavilion 
259 East Erie Street, Floor 19 
Chicago, Illinois 60611 
Main Number: 312.695.7950
Fax: 312.695.5747

The Ataxia Clinic of Northwestern University is located in the Galter Pavilion of Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH). Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of the nation's pre-eminent academic medical centers and is equipped with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

Making an appointment
To make an appointment, or if you have any questions about our clinic, please contact our nurse coordinator at 312.695.7950, between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases Center

Your movement matters—at home, at work, even while doing the common tasks that everyone can take for granted. If you have a movement disorder, you deserve a level of care that can get you back to doing the things you love, with confidence and peace of mind.

The Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases Center uses an interdisciplinary team approach to provide individualized care that optimizes your treatment, outcomes and experience. Your care is provided by a focused and experienced team that includes specially trained neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurses, counselors and rehabilitative specialists who offer advanced treatment options and access to support and resources.

For more information, please contact us at 630.933.4056.

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