Blake Andres, executive director of the DDC Clinic, addressed an appreciative audience on Nov. 2, at Kent State Geauga. This forum was presented by the Geauga Growth Partnership.
Andres shared the history of the DDC Clinic which is a center providing primary care for special needs children. DDC is pioneering research through the efforts of Dr. Heng Wang MD PhD and Dr. Baozhong Zin PhD and finding answers for special needs caused by rare genetic disorders for local Amish families and others worldwide.
The clinic is a unique collaboration connecting the Amish and non-Amish communities, families, medical professionals and research scientists. He spoke about the challenges and barriers to care for families whose children develop genetic disorders, such as travel to hospitals more than 30 miles from the Middlefield area and the extremely high cost for specialized health care. Over the years, the DDC clinic has become a leader in research for rare genetic disorders and because of the generosity and support from this community and others, they are now equipped to provide cost-effective answers for families.
The Clinic is in need another physician whose qualifications hould include: Board certified or eligible in Pediatrics, Med-Peds, or Clinical Genetics; experience in, or eagerness to learn research, diagnostics, evaluation, treatment and support of children with complex conditions; a demonstrated commitment to providing compassionate, ulturally sensitive, cost-effective care; and experience in pediatric neurology, neurodevelopmental disorders, neuroimmunology and/or biochemical genetics. Visit ddcclinic.org for more information.