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 - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago

Joel M. Charrow, MD

Medical Genetics

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You may also call Northwestern Memorial's Physician Referral Department at 1.877.926.4NMH(4664) to arrange a new patient appointment.
Office Phone: 312-227-6120
Office Hours:
  • Monday:8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday:8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday:8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday:8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Clinical Interests

Neurofibromatosis, Metabolic Disorders, Fabry Disease, Gaucher Disease, Genetics - Pediatric Diseases, Pompe Disease

Education and Training

Medical Education:

Mount Sinai School of Medicine 1976


Northwestern Mcgaw / Children's Memorial Hospital 1979


Northwestern Mcgaw / Children's Memorial Hospital 1981

Board Certification

Clinical Genetics (MD), Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Pediatrics

Locations and Directions

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611 312-227-6120


Dr. Charrow is the Director of the Section of Clinical Genetics and the Genetics Laboratory at Children's Memorial Hospital, and is a professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics, and clinical biochemical genetics.

Dr. Charrow's interests are mainly in the area of biochemical genetics, neurofibromatosis, and skeletal dysplasias. He is co-director of the Neurofibromatosis Clinic and the Skeletal Dysplasia Center at Children's Memorial Hospital, and director of the Comprehensive Gaucher Disease, Fabry Disease and Pompe Disease Treatment Centers. He has over 20 years experience in these disorders and in the treatment of inborn errors of metabolism in general.

Dr. Charrow is a member of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders, the American Society of Human Genetics, and is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, and the chairman of its Laboratory Quality Control Subcommittee. He founded the Jewish Genetic Disorders program at Children's Memorial Hospital, and is a member of the board of directors and a founder of the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders.

His bibliography includes over 50 peer-reviewed publications on lysosomal storage disorders, neurofibromatosis and skeletal dysplasias. He has written over 15 book chapters and review articles. He has been consistently included in many magazines that list ""Top Doctors"" in Chicago, the Midwest Region, the United States, and North America.


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