TikTok is in the news over social media causing tics. What is going on? Is it Tourette Syndrome or another condition? And what is FND?
Tourette Syndrome expert and parent, Dr. Keith Coffman, joins Dr. Julio Quezada, Tourette Syndrome and FND expert, to discuss the current phenomenon. The doctors explain the similarities and differences between Tourette Syndrome and Functional Neurological Disorder, as well as provide advice to those experiencing new tics. After their presentation, Dr. Coffman and Dr. Quezada also ansdwered questions.
About Keith Coffman, M.D.
Keith Coffman, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He is board certified in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. His clinical specialties include tic disorders, Tourette Syndrome; pediatric onset movement disorders; and neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Coffman attended medical school at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his Pediatrics and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities residencies at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. This was followed by a research fellowship in Systems Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focus on Tourette Syndrome is focused on novel therapies, new pharmacologic treatments, and genomics.
About Julio Quezada, M.D.
Born and raised in Guatemala, Dr. Julio Quezada came to the USA in 2013 to Children’s Mercy Hospital to complete a combined pediatrics/child neurology program. He completed medical school in Guatemala City. After graduating, he practiced medicine in Guatemala as a field doctor for a sugar mill for three years prior to coming to Kansas City. This experience helped him develop a better understanding of health habits of people from varied socioeconomic backgrounds, competency in cultural medicine, and a strong sense of advocacy for “the underdog”. This passion for helping those in need has lead Dr. Quezada to develop an interest in behavioral neurology, specifically in patients with functional neurological disorder, and patients with Tourette Syndrome.
During residency, he completed a 1-year long pediatric bioethics certificate program and has presented ethical patient analyses for patients with functional neurological disorder in local and nationwide meetings. He is currently a member of the ethics committee at Children’s Mercy Hospital. In 2018 he coauthored the paper Current Approaches and New Developments in the Pharmacological Management of Tourette Syndrome, which was one of the top 10 downloaded articles in 2018 for the journal CNS drugs. That article contains a medication selection algorithm that was created by Dr Quezada to facilitate medication selection for patients with Tourette Syndrome. He is a founding member at the Functional Neurological Disorders Society, and currently works at Children’s Mercy Hospital as a general neurologist, director of the functional neurological disorder clinic, and is part of the Tourette Center of Excellence at Children’s Mercy Hospital.