Craig  Zaidman, MD

Craig Zaidman, MD

Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine

Craig Zaidman, MD, cares exclusively for children with neuromuscular disorders. A professor of neurology and pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, Zaidman has more than 15 years of experience treating neuromuscular diseases in children and adults.  In addition to caring for children in clinic, he performs electrodiagnostic testing himself using a “kid friendly” approach and is often able to perform this diagnostic test using either none or light sedation instead of general anesthesia.  He is an expert in neuromuscular ultrasound and lectures around the world on this pain free technique for investigating nerves and muscles.  He also serves as the principal investigator on over 15 clinical research trials in pediatric neuromuscular disorders.  Based on his experience in these clinical trials, Zaidman and the care team have been aggressive and early adopters of new and advanced therapies for neuromuscular disorders including gene modifying therapies for Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In addition to staying at the forefront of novel therapies, Zaidman practices a whole patient approach to caring for children with neuromuscular disease and their families.  This includes addressing not just the neuromuscular disease, but also its physical, emotional, and social consequences. We offer a combined clinic for families that includes neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, bone health, physical therapy, mobility specialists, a nurse coordinator, and social work services. Zaidman will see family members together at combined appointments, follows his pediatric patients into adulthood, and offers both face to face and telehealth encounters.