Patients with rare diseases often have a complex constellation of symptoms that require the care of multiple specialists. Getting access to the needed mix of physicians and counselors can represent geographic and scheduling challenges for patients and caregivers and create difficulties in coordinating care between specialists. One approach to addressing these needs has been the development of centers of excellence that can provide comprehensive and coordinated care for patients with experts in their condition. We spoke to Amber McCarthy, a Huntington’s disease social worker with UTHealth/UT Physicians in Houston, about the Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Centers of Excellence, how these centers operate, and how they are transforming care for Huntington’s disease patients.

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