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Living with/Managing NF: Being faced with a diagnosis of NF can be extremely overwhelming. NF Northeast has created the following programs and resources to help patients and families cope with the challenges that come with NF. Our approach is simple: Science, Solutions, Support. We hope that you will find comfort in knowing that NF Northeast is with you every step of the way.

Matched for Hope - Peer Support

The NF Northeast Matched for Hope peer support program pairs newly diagnosed patients/families with trained peers who have experienced NF1, NF2-SWN, or schwannomatosis themselves or with a peer’s family member. Having a person to talk to who understands what you and your family may be going through when learning of a new diagnosis of neurofibromatosis (NF) or learning of a new complication related to NF can be incredibly helpful. For more information about the Matched for Hope program or to be matched with a peer, please contact our Director of Patient and Clinic Outreach at

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Health Insurance for Neurofibromatosis and Allied Diseases

It is important that your health insurance company properly codes and bills specifically for the diagnosis/procedures regarding neurofibromatosis. The way that a procedure is coded by your health care provider can determine how your insurance may cover the claim. If a claim is denied, you should confirm that the claim was accurately and fully documented. For example, removal of a skin growth for cosmetic reasons typically is not covered by most health plans. The circumstances are different for a patient diagnosed with NF for the removal of neurofibromas, as both Medicare and Medicaid will cover this procedure because it is medically justified.

Be sure your provider knows the proper ICD-10 codes for neurofibromatosis:

  • NF1 – Q85.01
  • NF2 – Q85.02
  • Schwannomatosis – Q85.03 
  • Unspecified NF — Q85.00

Diagnostic Procedure Codes for removing neurofibromas

  • Excision of neurofibroma 64788
  • Excision of neurofibroma 64792

*Most insurance companies offer case managers who can assist you in coordinating medical care. Be sure to inquire about this added support, especially when numerous providers are involved and/or out-of-network medical care is needed.

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Find a Doctor in Your State


Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Neurofibromatosis Clinic
Phone: 860-837-7500
Location: Farmington
Website: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Physicians: Francis DiMario, MD; Clinic Coordinator: Alyssa White, RN, BSN
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Pediatrics up to 18

Yale New Haven Hospital

Multidisciplinary Neurocutaneous Syndrome Clinic
Patients aged 0-30 with NF1, NF2 and Tuberous Sclerosis
Phone: 203-785-4640
Director: Dr. Asher Marks, MD, pediatric neuro-oncologist
This is a new clinic and will have their first clinic session on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The clinic will include faculty with specialties in oncology, neurology, dermatology, opthamology, genetics, orthopedics and neuropsychology.

Also available at Yale to assist NF patients is Dr. Frank Buono. Contact him at


Massachusetts General Hospital NF Clinic

Pappas Center for Neuro Oncology
Phone: 617-724-7856
Location: Boston
Website: Massachusetts General Hospital NF Clinic
Physicians: Scott R. Plotkin, MD, Justin Jordan, MD
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis, Adults, Children
Facility Type: Multi-Disciplinary, NF Consortium

Plastic Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital seeing NF patients:
Curtis Cetrulo, MD   617-643- 7316

Boston Children’s Hospital

NF Program
Phone: 617-355-6394
Location: Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA
Website: Boston Children’s Hospital
Physicians: David T. Miller, MD, PhD; Nicole Ullrich, MD, PhD
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Children
Facility Type: Multi-Disciplinary, NF Consortium

Tufts Medical Center

800 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

Dallas Reed, MD, Medical Geneticist, Obstetrics ~ 617-636-8100
John Gaitanis, MD, Chief Pediatric Neurology ~ 617-636-8100
Carl B. Heilman, MD, Neurosurgeon in Chief ~ 617-636-5860
Julian K. Wu, MD, Chief, Division of Neurosurgical Oncology ~ 617-636-4500
Nancy Pinnell, Genetic Counselor ~ 617-636-4540

New Hampshire

Locations: Lebanon, NH or Manchester, NH
John Moeschler, MD, Pediatrician, Geneticist ~ 603-695-2500
Mary Beth Dinulos, MD, Genetics ~ 603-629-8355
Sheila Upton, Licensed Genetic Counselor ~ 603-629-8355

New Jersey

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School – The Neurofibromatosis Center of NJ

Location: Newark, New Jersey
Phone: 973-972-2551
Director: Beth A. Pletcher, MD
Clinic Coordinator: Christina Kresge, MS, CGC
Website: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis, Pediatric and Adult

St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Neurofibromatosis Diagnostic and Treatment Center

Location: Paterson, New Jersey
Phone: 973-754-4503
Director: Punita Gupta, M.D.
Clinic Coordinator: Lorien King, MS, LCGC
Website: St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis, Pediatric and Adult

New York

Albany Medical Center Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders
Phone: 518-262-5513
Location: A Building, 5th Floor, 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Website: Albany Medical Center
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis, Adults, Children
Director: Lauren Weintraub, MD;
Physicians: Dr. John Pugh, Pediatric Neurologist  518-262-1700 – 391 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 1A, Albany, NY 12208

Albany Medical Center – Transitional NF Clinic
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis, Adults
Director: Kelly Donnelly, MD, Adult neurologist, 518-262-5226
47 New Scotland Avenue, Mc 70, Albany, NY

John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH)
Neurofibromatosis Main Line: 716-323-6170
Location: 818 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14263
Website: Oishei Children’s Hospital
Program Specialist: Michelle Ventola,
Director: Dr. Matthew Barth, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
Physicians: Dr. Cynthia Beatty – Neurology, Dr. Kathleen Bethin – Endocrinology
Dr. Steven Awner – Ophthalmology, Dr.Laurie Sadler – Genetics
*The NF Clinic is held on the first Wednesday of each month.

Memorial Sloan Kettering NF Program
Location: New York, New York
Pediatric Neuro-oncology Services – Matthias A. Karajannis, MD, MS
Phone: 212-639-5948
Adult Neuro-oncology Services – Anna Piotrowski, MD
Phone: 212-639-6767
Website: Memorial Sloan Kettering NF Program
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis, Pediatric and Adult
Facility Type: Multi-Disciplinary

Montefiore Medical Center
Phone: 718-920-5505
Location: Bronx
Website: Montefiore Medical Center
Physicians: Mary Welch, MD, Neurologist/Neuro-Oncologist; Jerome Graber, MD, Neurologist/Neuro-Oncologist
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Adults

Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Phone: 718-920-4378
Location: Bronx
Website: Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Physicians: Adam S. Levy, MD, Genetics; Marcela DelRio, MD, Nephrologist; Fatema Malbari, MD, Child Neurologist & Neuro-Oncologist; Linda Lightstone, Social Worker
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Children to age of 21

Mount Sinai
Location: New York, New York
Website: Mount Sinai Neurology – Neurofibromatosis
Co-Director Adult Neurofibromatosis Clinic at Mount Sinai: Rebecca Brown, MD, PhD
Address: 1468 Madison Avenue Annenberg Building, 2nd FL New York, NY 10029
Phone: 212-824-8579
Co-Director Pediatric Neurofibromatosis Clinic at Mount Sinai: Praveen Raju, MD, PhD
Address: 1468 Madison Avenue Annenberg Building, 4th FL New York, NY 10029
Phone: 212-831-4393

New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Columbia University Medical Center
Location: New York, New York
Director: Wendy Chung, MD, PhD
Clinic Coordinator: Priyanka Ahimaz, MS, CGC
Phone: 212-305-2714
Website: New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Columbia University Medical Center
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis, Pediatric and Adult

NYU Langone Health
Comprehensive NF Center
Phone: 212-263-9695
Location: 160 East 32nd Street, Level L3 Medical, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016
Website: NYU Langone Health
Physicians: Director, Comprehensive NF Center: Kaleb Yohay, MD; Devorah Segal, MD, PhD; Pediatric Neurology, Neuro-Oncology, J. Thomas Roland MD, Neuro-Otology; John Golfinos MD; Neurosurgery. Clinic Coordinator: Carole Mitchell, MS, RN – if you are hearing impaired, please email
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis
Facility Type: Major Academic Medical Center, Adults, Children

New York University Division of Otology and Neurotology
Otology & Neurotology
Phone: 212-263-5565
Location: New York
Website: New York University Division of Otology and Neurotology
Physicians: Chairman of the Dept: J. Thomas Roland, Jr. FACS
Specialty: NF2
Facility Type: NF2 Major Medical Center

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Adult Neurofibromatosis Clinic
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263
Director: Lindsay Lipinski, M.D.:  (716) 845-1508
Nurse Coordinator: Mary Rose Vater: (716) 845-1508
Website: Roswell Park
Specialty: NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis

Weinberg Plastic Surgery
Phone: 917-492-4200
Location: New York
Website: Weinberg Plastic Surgery
Physicians: Hubert Weinberg, MD
Specialty: Electrodessication


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Neurofibromatosis Program
Phone: 215-590-7012 or 215-662-4740 or 215-590-7012
Location: 3501 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Website: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Physicians: Director, NF Program: Michael Fisher, MD; Medical Director, NF Pediatric Program Rachel Hachen, MD, MPH
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis
Ages: Adults, Children

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Penn Neurofibromatosis Program
Phone: 1-800-789-PENN (7366)
Location: Philadelphia
Website: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Physicians: Katherine L. Nathanson, MD
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis
Ages: Pediatric, Adult

Penn State Health
Multidisciplinary Neurofibromatosis Clinic
600 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Website: Penn State Health
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis
Clinic Directors: Nidhi Shah, DO (pediatrics) and Dwait Aregawi, MD (adult)
Clinic Coordinator: Amy Tubbs, RN, BSN, CP

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Neurofibromatosis Clinic
Phone: 412-692-5520
Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Website: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Physicians: Kathy L. Gardner, MD; Jenna Gaesser, MD
Specialty: NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis
Facility Type: Adults, Children

Patient and Caregiver Guide

The Guide for NF Patients and Caregivers Transitioning (PACT) to Adult Care is a resource to help patients and caregivers with the process of transitioning from pediatric to adult health care. Based upon best-practice research and longitudinal experience from members of the NF Collective, this guide offers specific suggestions for precise periods of development during the NF patient’s maturation. Stressing increased patient autonomy while still honoring the vital partnerships with caregivers, this guide aims to be an effective resource for the NF community to best promote a smooth transition into adulthood for all impacted. In addition to the detailed suggestion sections, this guide also provides individuals with online resources and a glossary of terms to present a most comprehensive tool that, we hope, families will find of great value.

This was a collaborative commitment of the NF Collective, which is made up of seven nonprofits dedicated to solving specific problems in the neurofibromatosis community. Click Here to download the guide and also view the inspirational webinar featuring young adult NF patients who shared their personal experiences and advice on transitioning to adult NF care.

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Research & Clinical Trials

Click Here for the real-time listing of all clinical trials for NF.

If you are considering joining a clinical trial, Click Here for an in-depth, step-by-step guide written by the NF Network.

NF Registry

The NF Registry was started as a way to let people know about new clinical trials (new potential treatments) for NF. Patients can access updated facts and figures about the NF community and how NF changes over a person’s lifetime. It helps researchers understand one person’s symptoms vs. another’s. For more information or to join the Registry, Click Here. 

The NetworkEdge is a timely review that summarizes recent highlights from NF research and clinical trials sponsored by the NF Network in partnership with NF Northeast.

Bite-sized pieces of information allow you to easily find and focus on those topics of most interest to you, whether it is NF1 learning disabilities studies, NF2 clinical trial updates, or schwannomatosis news.

To read Volume 19 of The NetworkEdge, Click Here.

To read Volume 20 of The NetworkEdge, Click Here.

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Resources for Young People

NF Northeast College/Trade School Scholarship Program

NF Northeast offers scholarships for individuals who have neurofibromatosis and are continuing their education at a college/university or trade school after high school. We are no longer accepting applications for 2024 scholarships. Stay tuned for information on our 2025 scholarship.

Applicants must live in the northeast (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania).

Grants are awarded annually to go towards college-related expenses, such as tuition/fees and books. Upon approval, the scholarships are sent to the student’s college in their name.

Youth Program/Camp Resources

Double H Ranch

Lake Luzerne, NY (Adirondack Mountain Region)

Each summer, hundreds of kids living with serious illnesses will have the chance to experience camp in a unique way – purposefully designed, fully adapted, and medically safe. Their team of trained staff and licensed medical professionals ensure a safe environment so your camper can focus on having fun. In addition to summer camp, there are also unique programs in the fall and winter months to empower children and help them grow in a supportive and fun environment.

All programs are offered FREE of charge, but NF Northeast is excited to be sponsoring children with neurofibromatosis to attend Double H Ranch for Session #4 from July 15th to July 22nd, 2024.

Learn more about the year-round programs offered by Double H Ranch →

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The Hole in the Wall Gang

Ashford, CT (Northeast CT Region)

Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides “a different kind of healing” to more than 20,000 seriously ill children and family members annually – all completely free of charge. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut is a playful, Old West-themed camp filled with adapted traditional activities so all campers can participate. Classic week-long summer programs are offered, in addition to family weekends, adolescent & young adult programs, and bereavement programs.

Camp Session #4, from July 22nd to July 26th, has spots reserved for campers with neurofibromatosis (must be between the age of 6 and 16). *Space is limited!

Learn more about the programs offered by The Hole in the Wall Gang – Connecticut →

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The Woodlands Camp

Wexford, PA (North of Pittsburgh, PA)

The Woodlands is where children and adults with disability and chronic illness find the freedom and empowerment to experience programs that enrich lives. Fully accessible and barrier-free facilities open new doors to safe, inclusive, and engaging opportunities. The Woodlands offers a variety of camps, retreats, and clubs throughout the year for every age range.

NF Northeast is excited to be sponsoring one adult camper (age 30 and up) with neurofibromatosis to attend Camp Woodlands the week of July 14th – July 19th, 2024.

NF Northeast is excited to be sponsoring one young adult camper (age 22-29) with neurofibromatosis to attend Camp Woodlands the week of July 28th – August 2nd, 2024.

Learn more about The Woodlands signature program offerings →

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Next Step Young Adult Program

Cambridge, MA (Greater Boston Area)

Next Step was founded to address the urgent need for services for young people with life-threatening illnesses. Handling the burdens of managing serious health issues and intense medical treatment while making the transition to adulthood seems overwhelming and next to impossible. Next Step exists to help young people face those challenges and envision their future by providing free community-building, creativity-fostering, and mentorship programs for those ages 16 – 29 living with chronic illness and/or a rare genetic disorder.

Next Step is hosting an upcoming Summer Campference (part camp, part conference, the 4-day Campference fosters friendships and community with peers who “get it”) for young people living with a chronic illness from July 11th to July 14th, 2024 in Ashland, MA. This FREE Next Step Campference is open to young people, ages 16-24.

Lean more about the programs Next Steps offers for young adults →

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Team IMPACT’s unique multiyear program pairs children facing serious illness and disabilities with college athletic teams across the country. Based on a clinical model, Team IMPACT guides a relationship between teams and children focused on socialization, empowerment, and resilience, ensuring everyone involved has the personalized game plan they need to win – effectively building confidence and independence. Founded in 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 2,300 children with 700+ colleges and universities in 49 states.

NF Northeast is proud to partner with Team IMPACT in their pursuit to support children & families and get everyone in the game. 

For more information on program requirements and application process →

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Additional Resources

The Shaw Family NF2 Enrichment and Adventure Award

The Shaw Family NF2 Enrichment and Adventure Award provides opportunities for persons living with neurofibromatosis type 2-related schwannomatosis (NF2-SWN) in the northeast to “embrace the adventure bit” and embark on a journey of self-discovery, enrichment, and confidence building experiences!

This award honors the life and adventures of Duncan Shaw—an avid supporter of NF Northeast for over 15 years. In 2007, Duncan’s niece Leah was diagnosed with NF2-SWN. Inspired by her strength, perseverance, and unwavering positive attitude, Duncan took every opportunity to lace up his running shoes or hop on his bicycle to raise funds and awareness for NF2-SWN initiatives. Although cut short, Duncan lived a full life defined by a never-ending quest for adventure, enrichment, and learning. This, combined with Leah’s ability to never let NF2-SWN keep her from pursuing her interests, lead the Shaw family to create this award to fund unique experiences and opportunities for deserving NF2-SWN champions.

Qualifying adventures and experiences are as diverse as the individual and can include, but are not limited to: seasonal camps, afterschool programs, youth/young adult clubs or leagues, therapeutic/adaptive programs, and can encompass everything from the arts, chess, computer coding, horse-back riding, skiing, educational tours, foreign/sign language classes, experiential trips, and more! Awards can also be used for adaptive equipment for communication, gaming consoles, sports and recreation, etc. Further details are included in the application:

The Shaw Family NF2 Enrichment and Adventure Award

Social Security and Disability

NF Online Support Community – Inspire

The Neurofibromatosis Support Community connects patients, families, friends and caregivers for support and inspiration. The Neurofibromatosis Support Community is sponsored by the Neurofibromatosis Network in partnership with Inspire.

For more information, or to join the NF Support Community, Click Here.

Webinars for NF Patients and Families

Meredith Chambers, M Ed, Education Specialist on the Multidisciplinary Neurofibromatosis Team at Boston Children’s Hospital, has worked with NF Northeast to present webinars and Zoom recordings to help families have the most successful school experience possible.

NF Northeast and the NF Network are partners in advocacy efforts supporting NF and allied diseases. Like NF Northeast, the Network has a mission to find cures for NF by funding critical research, education, and awareness. We are happy to share links to the following educational webinars hosted by the Network.

Below is a link to an extensive library of webinars that NF patients and families find very helpful. They cover topics such as: Genetics of NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis, school issues, coping with pain, seizures, cancer, and more.

Click Here to view the selection of webinars from Neurofibromatosis Network.

Click Here to view iNFo Fair session recordings on Neurofibromatosis type 1.

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NF Collective

The NF Collective is a group of NF-focused organizations dedicated to improving the lives of NF patients and their families. The group focuses on specific projects such as developing The Guide for NF Patients and Caregivers Transitioning (PACT) to Adult Care, a resource to help patients and caregivers with the process of transitioning from pediatric to adult health care. NF Northeast is a longstanding member of The NF Collective.

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