John Brandsema, MD

Title: Child Neurologist and Neuromuscular Section Head

Organization: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Bio: Dr. Brandsema is an Attending Physician in Neuromuscular/ General Neurology & Electromyography and the Neuromuscular Section Head at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed medical school as well as postgraduate training in Pediatric Neurology in Canada, followed by the Partners Neuromuscular Fellowship at Harvard in Boston. He has broad clinical and research interests in neuromuscular diseases, with a focus in clinical trials of novel therapies for childhood neuromuscular disorders. 


This panel discusses clinical care across multiple disciplines for individuals with Duchenne.

Eric Ball, MD


Southern Orange County Pediatric Associates

Brenda Wong, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology and Director

UMass Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Andrew Darmahkasih, MD

PGY-2, UC Irvine

Children’s Hospital of Orange County Pediatric Residency Program

John Brandsema, MD

Child Neurologist and Neuromuscular Section Head

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Umme Vahanvaty, MS, RD, CS

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Pradeep P.A. Mammen, MD, FACC, FAHA

Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-Director

Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, Director for Translational Research for the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Program, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Kathryn Wagner, MD, PhD

Director and Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience

Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopinks School of Medicine

2021 FUTURES Quality of Life Panel: Making Decisions

Focused on empowering families to make informed decisions about their child’s care / personal care across all junctures of the Duchenne journey.

John Brandsema, MD

Child Neurologist and Neuromuscular Section Head

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Tiffany Cook, MS, CCC-SLP

Senior Director

CureDuchenne Cares

Michael Kelly, PhD

Chief Scientific Advisor


Sheryl Marrazzo

Duchenne Mother, Grandmother and Advocate

4 Jake's Sake | CureDuchenne

Christina Trout, RN, MSN

Advanced Practice Nurse, Neuromuscular Program

Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Jennifer Wallace Valdes, PT

CureDuchenne Certified Physical Therapist

CureDuchenne Physical Therapy Program