Centers of Excellence

Neuromuscular Program - Muscular Dystrophy Clinic at Barrow at Phoenix Children's

Neuromuscular disorders present in one in every 1,000 live births. They include congenital myopathies, muscular dystrophy, neuromuscular junction, and inflammatory muscle disorders.

Dr. Bernes of the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

The Neuromuscular Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is directed by Saunder Bernes, MD and is a designated Muscular Dystrophy Clinic site by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The program strives to provide consistent, coordinated, multi-disciplinary collaborative care for children with neuromuscular disorders, a model that fosters positive outcomes.



Multi-disciplinary, Coordinate Care 


The divisions of Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Orthopaedics, Pulmonology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, and Palliative Care join together to create a multidisciplinary medical team. Support services from dedicated, specially trained health care professionals, such as nurses, socials workers, and physical therapists, complete the comprehensive neuromuscular team.


Children exhibiting the following symptoms are candidates for referral:

  • Elevated CPK
  • Progressive muscle weakness
  • Progressive deterioration of motor skills
  • Chronic muscle cramps
  • Family history of a neuromuscular disorder

How to Refer:

By Phone: (602) 933-0970

Fax a Referral to: (602) 933-0068

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