Russell J Butterfield MD PhD


Associate Professor in Pediatrics & Neurology

University of Utah

Russell Butterfield, MD, PhD received his PhD in mammalian genetics, and medical degree from the University of Illinois. He completed his residency training in pediatric neurology at the University of Utah in June 2009. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, after completing a fellowship in neuromuscular disorders sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Dr. Butterfield is board certified in Neurology with special qualification in child neurology. Dr. Butterfield’s clinical interests include all types of neurogenetic and neuromuscular disorders with an emphasis on muscular dystrophies of childhood onset. His research interests are in understanding genetic aspects of these disorders. His current efforts are in characterization of genotype/phenotype relationships and molecular pathogenesis in collagen VI myopathies such as Bethlem myopathy and Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy.

Personal Statement:

I am an Associate Professor in Pediatrics in the Pediatric Neurology and Neuromuscular Divisions at the University of Utah where I direct the muscular dystrophy clinics and the Utah Program for Inherited Neuromuscular Disorders (UPIN). In our neuromuscular clinics, we care for a large number of patients with all types of neuromuscular disorders including many patients with FSHD. We have active projects investigating clinical and genetic aspects of congenital muscular dystrophy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), fascioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD), and myotonic dystrophy. These projects include a combination of investigator-initiated studies on natural history and clinical outcome measured and treatment trials.

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