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Understanding Mitochondrial Disorders
Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Sumit Parikh, MD

  • Co-director Mitochondrial Clinic
  • Center for Pediatric Neurology
  • Neurological Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

Mitochondria are tiny organelles found in almost every cell in the body. These organelles are responsible for creating 90% of cellular energy necessary to maintain life and support growth. Mitochondrial disease is when mitochondria in the cells fail to produce enough energy to sustain cell life. When enough cells cease to function properly organs, motor functions, and the neurological system can become impaired. This chronic and genetic disease affects one in every 4,000 children by the age of 10 in the United States. Mitochondrial disease is often misdiagnosed due to the fact many of the symptoms are synonymous with other, more common, diseases. To learn more about the causes and symptoms of this disease join the Cleveland Clinic in a free web chat with our neurologist and mitochondrial disease specialist, Dr. Sumit Parikh.

Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Neurology ranked in the top four in the country with U.S. News and World Report and ranked No. 1 in Ohio. Each year our world renowned neurologists and neurosurgeons oversee more than 10,000 patient visits. The Pediatric Neurometabolic and Genetic Disorders Program provide diagnosis and treatment for the complex genetic and metabolic disorders that underlie many pediatric neurological and developmental issues, such as mitochondrial disease.

Sumit Parikh, MD, is a neurometabolic and neurogenetics Staff Clinician at Cleveland Clinic. He specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of developmental delay, neurodegeneration and metabolic disease. Dr. Parikh is the Co-Director of the Cleveland Clinic Mitochondrial Clinic and the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Clinic.

In 2007, Dr. Parikh was selected as one of "America's Best Doctors." He serves as a medical advisor to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association. He is a councilor of the Mitochondrial Medicine Society and serves on their Diagnosis Standards and Outreach Committee. He also serves as the Society's website administrator. He is on the scientific planning committee of the Child Neurology Society, and serves on both the Cleveland Clinic Child Advocacy Board and Autism Standards Committee. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Child Neurology.
His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mitochondrial cytopathies, inborn errors of metabolism, cognitive and developmental regression and developmental delays.

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