Undiagnosed patients in Alabama also have access to the Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). This leading-edge program addresses the needs of patients with severe chronic medical conditions for whom a diagnosis has not been made despite extensive efforts by the referring physician.
The UDP strives to meet the needs of patients of all ages. The program serves those with rare diseases, those with conditions not previously known to exist, and those with atypical presentations of common diseases.
The UDP is led by a multidisciplinary team of experienced UAB clinicians that includes:
– Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD
– Martin Rodriguez, MD
– Anna Hurst, MD
The team also includes certified genetic counselor Kirstin Smith, MS, CGC, and certified registered nurse practitioners Tammi Skelton, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, and Kaitlin Callaway, MSN, CRNP, NP-C.
The program benefits from the expertise of clinicians and investigators from UAB Medicine, Children’s of Alabama, and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. These experienced professionals work together in using medical expertise and testing, as well as genetic and genomic technologies, to uncover a diagnosis and determine an effective treatment. For an evaluation, patients need a physician referral and must also meet essential criteria.