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NORD Rare Disease Centers of Excellence – Find a Center

Improving rare disease care through expertise and collaboration

Find a Center

NORD is proud to have designated 31 Rare Disease Centers of Excellence nationwide. Each center offers the high-quality specialized care needed to help diagnose and manage complex rare diseases. Collaboration between these institutions creates critical new connections and improves access to best-in-class clinical care and resources.

List of Rare Disease Centers of Excellence by State


  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Medicine/Children’s of Alabama
    Director: Nathaniel H Robin


  • University of California, San Francisco & UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
    Director: Anne Slavotinek
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County/UC Irvine
    Director: Jose E. Abdenur


  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus/Children’s Hospital Colorado/UCHealth
    Director: Shawn E. McCandless


  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Director: Mustafa Tekin


  • Emory Division of Medical Genetics/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
    Director: Michael J. Gambello


  • Indiana University Health-Indiana University School of Medicine
    Director: Stephanie M. Ware


  • University of Iowa Health Care
    Director: Hatem El-Shanti


  • Johns Hopkins Medicine/Kennedy Krieger Institute
    Director: Ada Hamosh


  • Mass General Hospital/Mass General Hospital for Children/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Boston Children’s Hospital
    Director: Olaf Bodamer


  • M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital
    Director: Susan A. Berry
  • Mayo Clinic
    Director: Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic


  • Washington University/BJC Healthcare
    Director: Patricia Dickson


  • UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute, Omaha Children’s Hospital and Nebraska Medicine
    Director: Omar Abdul-Rahman

New York

  • Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Director: George A. Diaz
  • Columbia University Irving Medical Center
    Director: Wendy Chung

North Carolina

  • UNC Children’s – North Carolina Children’s Hospital
    Director: Cynthia M. Powel
  • Duke Health Rare Disease Center
    Director: Priya Kishnani


  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Ohio State University
    Director: Dr. Kim McBride
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Director: John Hogenesch


  • OU Health/University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    Director: Anne Tsai


  • UPMC Center for Rare Disease Therapy
    Director: Jerry Vockley
  • Penn Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Director: Daniel Rader


  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Director: Rizwan Hamid


  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Director: Angela Scheuerle
  • McGovern Medical School
    Director: Hope Northrup
  • Baylor College of Medicine/Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center/Texas Children’s Hospital
    Director: Brendan Lee


  • University of Utah Medical Genetics
    Director: Lorenzo Botto

Washington, D.C.

  • Rare Disease Institute at Children’s National Hospital
    Director: Marshall Summar


  • University of Wisconsin Center for Rare Disease
    Co Directors: Kim M. Keppler-Noreuil, M. Stephen Meyn
  • Children’s Wisconsin/Medical College of Wisconsin
    Director: Donald Basel