Centers of Excellence Locations

The Tourette Association of America’s Center of Excellence (CofE) program aims to improve the quality of life of people with Tourette syndrome and other Tic Disorders by promoting the highest level of care, research, education & training, and advocacy & awareness for these conditions. The program, which was developed in collaboration with leading medical and scientific experts in Tourette and related conditions, was launched in 2014 with the initial designation of 9 CofEs located at premier medical and academic institutions across the United States.

The Centers are collaborating with the Association and our professional and lay communities to address many needs and concerns across the following key areas as
detailed in the program Blueprint.

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Houston, TX
Director: Joseph Jankovic, M.D.
Co-Director: Suzanne Mouton-Odum, Ph.D.
(713) 798-2273
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Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Director: Keith Coffman, M.D.
Co-Director: James Batterson, M.D.
All appointments to clinic are scheduled through physician referrals, which can be faxed to the Children’s Mercy Contact Center at (816) 346-1384
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Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Director: Harvey Singer, M.D.
Co-Director: Marcos Grados, M.D.
(410) 955-4259
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Massachusetts: General Hospital, Boston, MA

Director: Jeremiah Scharf, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Director: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.
Director: Erica Greenberg, M.D.
(617) 726-5532

New York State Consortium:

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Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
New York, NY
Director: Shannon Bennett, Ph.D.
Co-Director: Dr. Matthew Specht, Ph.D.
Weill Cornell Specialty Care: 646-962-2820; NY Outpatient Department Insurance Related Care: 212-746-3830 (must inform Resource Liaison you are seeking treatment for Tourette through the CofE. To contact Dr. Specht: Resource Liaison NY Presbyterian Hospital Westchester Division Outpatient Psychiatry Department Insurance Related Care: 914-682-6977; Private Care: Dr. Specht: 914-997-4347

Long Island Center for Tourette and Associated Disorders, Manhasset, NY
Director: Cathy Budman, M.D.
Co-Director: Jane Zwilling, Psy.D.
(516) 487-7116

University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Rochester, NY
Director: Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Director: Heather Adams, Ph.D.
(585) 275-2808

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
New York, NY
Director: Dorothy Grice, M.D.
Co-Director: Robert Jaffe, M.D.
(212) 659-8823

South East Regional Consortium:

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Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA
Director: Jorge L. Juncos, M.D.
(404) 778-3444

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Birmingham, AL
Director: Leon Dure, M.D.
Co-Director: Jan Rowe, OTR/L, FAOTA
(205) 638-6820

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Gainesville, FL
Director: Michael Okun, M.D.
Co-Director: Irene Malaty, M.D.
(352) 294-5400

Palmetto Health – USC Medical Group, Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC
Director: Rebecca Lehman, M.D.
(803) 434-7961

University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Director: Tanya Murphy, M.D.
Co-Director: Adam Lewin, Ph.D.
(727) 767-8230

Southeast Regional CofE Coordinator
Heather Simpson, MOT, OTR/L

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA
Director: John Piacentini, Ph.D.
Co-Director: James McCracken, M.D.
(310) 825-0122
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University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Director: Michael Himle, Ph.D.
Co-Director: David Shprecher D.O.
(801) 585-1086
Clinic website:
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Yale Child Study, New Haven, CT

Director: Robert King, M.D.
Co-Director: Michael Bloch, M.D.
(203) 785-5880
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