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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pa. 19104
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Principal investigator
Dr. Lawrence Brown
Phone: 215-590-1719
Fax: 215-590-2950
Brown Lawrence
Clinical staff:
Susan Wightman-Hentz, CRNP
Phone: 215-590-1719
Fax: 215-590-2950
Wightman Susan
Justine Gostomski
Wood 6- Neurology
34th Street and Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone) 215-590-2718
Gostomski Justine


Institute Description
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the largest and oldest children’s hospitals in the world, and the first hospital in the United States dedicated to the healthcare of children. CHOP has earned the No. 1 spot on U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-14 Honor Roll of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals and was also ranked in the top four for all 10 pediatric specialties surveyed. The hospital is located next to the University of Pennsylvania and its physicians serve as the pediatrics department of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been the birthplace for many dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine and has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. Over 150 years of innovation and service to our patients, their families and our community, reflect an ongoing commitment to exceptional patient care.

Short profile of group

Lawrence W. Brown, MD is director of CHOP’s Pediatric Neuropsychiatry Program, a multidisciplinary clinic for children whose complex learning and behavioral issues have a neurobiological basis. In addition to Tourette syndrome, this population includes children with autism and complex ADHD with co-morbidities, as well as those with epilepsy, genetic syndromes and other neurological disorders. In addition, he is a senior clinician both in the Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program where he is principal investigator on numerous clinical drug trials and in the Sleep Disorders Center with a major interest in the interaction of sleep and its disorders with neurological disorders of childhood.

Dr. Brown is the immediate past president of the Child Neurology Foundation, and an active member of the Child Neurology Society, the American Epilepsy Society, the Academy of Pediatrics (where he served two terms as Chairman of the Section of Neurology) and the American Academy of Neurology (where he was faculty at the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum). Dr. Brown recently served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Subcommittee on ADHD which revised guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. He is currently spearheading a national initiative on medical transition for the Child Neurology Foundation. Dr. Brown has been a senior editor of all four editions of Schwartz’s Handbook of Pediatrics and is the author of 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He is a on the editorial boards of Pediatric Neurology and Clinical Neurology.

Susan Wightman-Hentz, CRNP, has been a nurse practitioner at the CHOP for 16 years, specializing in caring for children with tic disorders as well as the often associated OCD, anxiety, ADHD and behavioral outbursts.

Justine Gostomski is the Clinical Research Study Coordinator for the TIC Genetics study, as well as other Neurology-related studies at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a Master’s candidate at Drexel University studying Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and received her Bachelor of Science from Temple University majoring in Kinesiology and Exercise Science and minoring in Spanish.