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John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

Core Team

Clinic Director

Bridget Hughes, MD | Pediatrician Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Director, Leukodystrophy Center

Clinic Associate Director

Osman Farooq, MD | Medical Director, Pediatric Neurology

Clinic Care Coordinator

Mary Beth Summers, BSN, RN | Patient Care Coordinator

Physical Therapist

Dawn Shaflucas, PT, DPT

About the Center

The Center provides multidisciplinary, coordinated and comprehensive care from the initial assessment to transition to adulthood.  We work closely with the family and specialists to provide the best health outcomes and quality of life for every patient and family.

During the initial visit, our core team and the family will collaborate on developing a care plan that addresses diagnosis, available treatment, and appropriate preventive care management addressing nutrition, respiratory, orthopedics, behavior and mental health, and social needs.  Family-directed goals and shared plan of care with collaborating specialty services will be emphasized.  As needed, we will coordinate and communicate referrals with appropriate members of the extended multidisciplinary team of specialists which may include a: pulmonologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, dietitian, neuropsychologist, neuro-urologist or neuro-ophthalmologist. Over 27 areas of specialized care related to leukodystrophies are available at OCH.

Subsequent visits will focus on health maintenance of the child, including growth and nutrition, education and social structured assessment, and discussion of multidisciplinary care needs, with additional referrals as needed.  We anticipate at least twice yearly visits.

The Center is fully committed to ongoing accreditation, education and training.  Specifically, the LCN Center at OCH will focus on three primary areas of education:

  • Patient and family education – through handouts, the center’s web page, referrals to support groups and resources
  • Professional education – through Grand Rounds, rotation for residents and medical students
  • Community outreach – through events, community talks and discussions as well as the LCN face-to-face meetings, and conference calls.

Conditions Treated

There are over 50 different types of Leukodystrophies. The disorders the our Center would follow include but are not limited to:

  • Krabbe disease
  • Metachromatic leukodystrophy
  • Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
  • Alexander disease
  • Canavan disease
  • Megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts (MLC)
  • Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease
  • Vanishing white matter disease
  • Undiagnosed leukodystrophies
  • Peroxisomal biogenesis disorder (PBD)


For appointments or referrals, please call the Variety Tent #7 Robert Warner, MD Rehabilitation Center at Oishei Children’s Hospital at (716) 323-6445 and ask for an appointment with the LCN.  Alternatively, please send an email to:


Oishei Children’s Outpatient Center (Conventus)
1001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
2nd floor
Phone: (716) 323-6445
Fax: (716) 323-6692