David Neal Franz, MD

Founding Director, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic

Associate Director of Clinical Affairs, Division of Neurology

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4222

Fax 513-636-1888

Email david.franz@cchmc.org

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.

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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Tyburczy ME, Dies KA, Glass J, Camposano S, Chekaluk Y, Thorner AR, Lin L, Krueger D, Franz DN, Thiele EA, Sahin M, Kwiatkowski DJ. Mosaic and Intronic Mutations in TSC1/TSC2 Explain the Majority of TSC Patients with No Mutation Identified by Conventional Testing. PLoS Genet. 2015 Nov 5;11(11):e1005637.

Franz DN, Agricola K, Mays M, Tudor C, Care MM, Holland-Bouley K, Berkowitz N, Miao S, Peyrard S, Krueger DA. Everolimus for subependymal giant cell astrocytoma: 5-year final analysis. Ann Neurol. 2015 Sep 18.

Arya R, Tenney JR, Horn PS, Greiner HM, Holland KD, Leach JL, Gelfand MJ, Rozhkov L, Fujiwara H, Rose DF, Franz DN, Mangano FT. Long-term outcomes of resective epilepsy surgery after invasive presurgical evaluation in children with tuberous sclerosis complex and bilateral multiple lesions. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Jan;15(1):26-33.

Franz DN, Belousova E, Sparagana S, Bebin EM, Frost M, Kuperman R, Witt O, Kohrman MH, Flamini JR, Wu JY, Curatolo P, de Vries PJ, Berkowitz N, Anak O, Niolat J, Jozwiak S. Everolimus for subependymal giant cell astrocytoma in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex: 2-year open-label extension of the randomised EXIST-1 study. Lancet Oncol. 2014 Dec;15(13):1513-20.

Kingswood JC, Jozwiak S, Belousova ED, Frost MD, Kuperman RA, Bebin EM, Korf BR, Flamini JR, Kohrman MH, Sparagana SP, Wu JY, Brechenmacher T, Stein K, Berkowitz N, Bissler JJ, Franz DN. The effect of everolimus on renal angiomyolipoma in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex being treated for subependymal giant cell astrocytoma: subgroup results from the randomized, placebo-controlled, Phase 3 trial EXIST-1. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2014 Jun;29(6):1203-10.

Franz DN. Everolimus in the treatment of subependymal giant cell astrocytomas, angiomyolipomas, and pulmonary and skin lesions associated with tuberous sclerosis complex. Biologics. 2013;7:211-21.

Roth J, Roach ES, Bartels U, Jóźwiak S, Koenig MK, Weiner HL, Franz DN, Wang HZ. Subependymal giant cell astrocytoma: diagnosis, screening, and treatment. Recommendations from the International Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Consensus Conference 2012. Pediatr Neurol. 2013 Dec;49(6):439-44.

Krueger DA, Northrup H, Franz DN; International Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Consensus Group. Tuberous sclerosis complex surveillance and management: recommendations of the 2012 International Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Consensus Conference. Pediatr Neurol. 2013 Oct;49(4):255-65.

Wirrell EC, Laux L, Franz DN, Sullivan J, Saneto RP, Morse RP, Devinsky O, Chugani H, Hernandez A, Hamiwka L, Mikati MA, Valencia I, Le Guern ME, Chancharme L, de Menezes MS. Stiripentol in Dravet syndrome: results of a retrospective U.S. study. Epilepsia. 2013 Sep;54(9):1595-604.

Northrup H, Krueger DA; International Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Consensus Group. Tuberous sclerosis complex diagnostic criteria update: recommendations of the 2012 International Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Consensus Conference. Pediatr Neurol. 2013 Oct;49(4):243-54.