Neurofibromatosis Program

The Neurofibromatosis Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is a multidisciplinary center for the diagnosis, surveillance and treatment of the complications of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2).  In order to provide your child and family with support and medical guidance, the neurofibromatosis team will work closely with you, your community pediatricians, and your schools.

One of the oldest neurofibromatosis programs in the United States, the CHOP neurofibromatosis clinic was founded in 1979 by Elaine Zackai, MD, Director of Clinical Genetics, and Anna Meadows, MD. Over the years, it has grown to involve a large team of dedicated physicians with multiple subspecialties including genetics, pediatrics, neuro-oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, ophthalmology and orthopedics.

Our programs and services

In addition to providing clinical services for children and young adults with NF1 and NF2, the following programs and services are also available to our patients and their families:

Neurofibromatosis Family Association (NFFA): The goal of the Association is to help enhance and expand CHOP’s NF clinical services and research endeavors and build an NF community through robust educational and fundraising activities.

Transition to Adulthood: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia runs several programs to support patients who are getting ready to transition to adult healthcare and adult life.