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Undiagnosed Diseases

The Vanderbilt Undiagnosed Diseases Program exists to solve medical mysteries for patients with complicated conditions and rare diseases. Our goal is to provide answers and offer hope to adults and children whose symptoms have not led other health care providers to solutions. Our patients benefit from a team approach involving experts from across Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Meet Your Care Team

Rizwan Hamid

Rizwan HamidMD, PhD, FAAP

    Adult Metabolic and Genetic Disorders, Genetics, Medical Genetics, Mitochondrial Disorders, Pediatric Clinical Genetics, Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Metabolic Disorders
Kevin W. Byram

Kevin W. ByramMD

    Autoimmune Disease, Rheumatology, Vasculitis
Ciaran M. Considine

Ciaran M. ConsidinePhD

    Brain Tumors, Clinical Neuropsychology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neurosciences
James E. Eaton

James E. EatonIII, BS, MS, MD

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis, Neurology, Neurosciences
John M. Fahrenholz

John M. FahrenholzII, MD

    Adult Asthma, Adult Food Allergy / Anaphylaxis, Adult Immunodeficiency (Not HIV), Adult Urticaria / Angioedema, Allergy / Immunology, Allergy and Immunology, Mastocytosis
Serena M. Neumann

Serena M. NeumannMSN, FNP-BC, APRN

    Genetic Counseling, Lysosomal Disorders, Medical Genetics, Mitochondrial Disorders, Pediatric Clinical Genetics, Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Metabolic Disorders
Mary E. Koziura

Mary E. KoziuraDNP, APRN, FNP-BC

    Developmental Delay, Medical Genetics, Pediatric Clinical Genetics, Pediatric Genetics, Undiagnosed Disease

Why Choose the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at Vanderbilt

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    Recognized care

    In 2021, Vanderbilt University Medical Center was named a National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Center of Excellence, joining an innovative network of 31 medical centers seeking to expand access and advance care and research for rare disease patients in the U.S. Our Undiagnosed Diseases Program is now part of this network, dedicated to the outstanding treatment of rare disease patients and collaboration to improve standards of care, advance research and increase awareness about rare diseases.

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    Collaborative care

    In addition to the Undiagnosed Diseases Program team, experts from the following VUMC departments and centers may be involved in testing and evaluating patients: The departments of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pathology, Surgery, Radiology and Biostatistics; the Center for Precision Medicine; Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology; and Vanderbilt Genetics Institute – all in all, more than 50 highly trained, dedicated specialists and scientists.

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    Personalized approach

    Our team recognizes that your diagnostic journey is unique. That’s why we approach each patient referred to our program with a comprehensive and individualized plan. We have found that having a personalized approach is a key to unlocking the mysteries of undiagnosed disorders.

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    Leading research

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of 12 National Institutes of Health-funded sites in the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN). Vanderbilt’s success with the UDN in solving difficult cases ignited our interest in expanding these efforts to more patients and families. This is why we created the Vanderbilt Undiagnosed Diseases Program. Ranking as one of the top 20 health systems in the country and among the top 10 recipients of federal research funds, VUMC brings together doctors and scientists who are leading experts in their fields. That expertise is vital to the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, which offers state-of-the-art resources unique to VUMC.

How Do I Apply for the Undiagnosed Diseases Program?

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    Rare Disease Center of Excellence

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been named a National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Center of Excellence, joining 31 medical centers as part of an innovative network seeking to expand access and advance care and research for rare disease patients in the United States.