David Neal Franz, MD

Director, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic

Associate Director of Clinical Affairs, Division of Neurology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-4222

Fax: 513-636-1888


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Clinical Interests

Tuberous sclerosis (adults and children); neuropharmacology; neurocutaneous disorders; general pediatric neurology


David Neal Franz, MD, was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree in history and literature from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

After completing his training, he served as assistant professor of neurology and pediatrics at Wright State University before returning to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

He established the Cincinnati Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic in 1993, to assist in the medical care of patients who have or are suspected of having tuberous sclerosis. The purpose of the clinic is not to replace care from the child's pediatrician or family physician, but to assist the primary care physician in dealing with those aspects unique to tuberous sclerosis that affect the child's health or development. The basis of the clinic is the realization that people with tuberous sclerosis are different from other individuals who have epilepsy, learning disabilities, behavior problems, etc.

For too long, the unique problems found in this disease have been lumped together with similar disorders, despite the fact that research has shown that disorders of the brain, heart, kidney, and other organs in tuberous sclerosis are quite different.

Education and Training

MD: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, 1985.

Residency: Wright State University Affiliated Hospitals, Dayton, OH. 

Fellowship: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. 

Certification: Pediatrics, 1990, 2014; Neurology with special competence in child neurology, 1992.


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