Muscular Dystrophy Center

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Clinic Overview

The Muscular Dystrophy Center at University of Minnesota Medical Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated care for patients with muscular dystrophy.

Learn more about our physicians' neurology expertise.

Team approach

Based on their individual treatment plan, patients have the opportunity to work with:

  • Genetic counselors
  • Neurologists
  • Nurse clinicians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech therapists


There is currently no cure or treatment to halt the progression of muscular dystrophy, however recent research on gene and molecular therapy is creating new possibilities. Our muscular dystrophy care team will keep you abreast of the latest in MD findings and treatments.

The Muscular Dystrophy Center's expert care team can often slow the disease with medical management (steroids) and manage its symptoms with:

  • Orthopaedic devices
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Physical therapy and exercise

Awards and Distinctions
The University of Minnesota Medical Center Weight Loss Clinic has received several awards for our surgical excellence.  We work closely with other specialists within the University of Minnesota Health system to coordinate your care and are proud to be awarded the following:

• Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program with Adolescent Qualifications
This accreditation means our bariatric surgery program is a comprehensive center that has passed a rigorous external national review by fellow surgeons.  In addition, we are one of a very select few programs that have also achieved Adolescent Qualifications by the American College of Surgeons.

• Blue Distinction Center + for Bariatric Surgery
This quality designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield signifies our center delivers high quality bariatric and patient care.  The Blue Distinction + program evaluates our expertise as a physician team, the number surgery’s our clinic has performed, and our track record of results.  We have proven to have a track record for delivering better results, with fewer complications time and time again.  The Blue Distinction + plus indicates our program also met cost measures that address consumers need for affordable care.

A partnership of Fairview and University of Minnesota Physicians

Location Info


Muscular Dystrophy Center
University of Minnesota Medical Center
Phillips-Wangensteen Building
516 Delaware St. SE
First Floor, Clinic 1A
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-626-6688

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  • Monday
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  • Friday
  • 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
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  • 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Our Team

Specialty highlights

Leading research
In April 2003, the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center was created to facilitate development of clinical, translational and basic research on muscular dystrophy.

This research aims to enhance and support clinical care of patients with muscular dystrophy, to improve education for undergraduate, graduate and professional students interested in muscle research, and to increase interaction and support from the regional community of patients and families concerned about muscular dystrophy.

Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center
Wallin Medical Biosciences Building
Campus Mail Code: MBB-2641A
2101 6th St. SE-4th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-626-0822
Fax: 612-625-8488


Central Scheduling: 612.672.7422

Provider Referrals: 612.672.7000

Administrative Offices: 612.884.0600

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