Why Choose Mitochondrial Medicine

You will have access to the nation’s top pediatric specialists across the many clinical areas that may be part of your or your child’s care. We embrace a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to support your family. Our team helps your family navigate the different types of challenges you may face and includes:

  • Attending physicians
  • Genetic counselors
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Social workers
  • Laboratory researchers
  • Clinical researchers
  • Clinical coordinators

Leaders in research

Researchers and clinicians at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are leaders in advancing understanding of mitochondrial disease. We have a dedicated research team focused on investigating mitochondrial and epigenomic dysfunction in a wide range of clinical problems. There are many types of mitochondrial disease, which are now known to result from mutations in nearly 300 different genes, and researchers are still working to identify them and develop tests for diagnosis. Research will help us develop effective therapies for patients with various forms of mitochondrial disease, and discoveries may also have applications for other more common conditions in which a failure in mitochondrial functioning plays a role, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Visit our news and articles section to learn about some of our recent work dedicated to advancing diagnostics and treatment options for patients with these complex, difficult-to-treat disorders.

Mitochondrial Medicine is a Frontier Program

The future of pediatric medicine is here, now. At CHOP, a trailblazing group of initiatives known as Frontier Programs are pioneering new advances in children’s health at an astonishing pace. Mitochondrial Medicine is one of the select few Frontier Programs at CHOP.

Frontier Programs conduct visionary research that translates to cutting-edge clinical care. CHOP champions these programs and ensures that they receive critical support to accelerate their progress. 

Discovery and innovation have been at the very core of CHOP’s mission for more than 150 years. Today, by investing in Frontier Programs that bring the best minds to the most challenging conditions, CHOP is once again redefining what’s possible.

I don’t know where we would be if we hadn’t come to CHOP. They gave us the diagnosis. They are working toward a cure. They know this condition is different for every kid, and the specialists work together to give the best possible care.