Katherine D. Mathews, MD, is a Pediatric Neurologist and Director of the Child Neurology Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic in Iowa City, Iowa. She is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa. Dr. Mathews became involved in the FSHD community in the 1990s when she was doing fellowship training in human genetics. Her research career began with using genetic linkage to identify the gene causing FSHD. Dr. Mathews closed her laboratory in 1998 due to increasing clinical and administrative demands, and her current academic efforts have been focused on improving the quality of care for patients with neuromuscular disease. She has maintained an active interest in the impact of molecular genetics on neuromuscular diseases (diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment).
Dr. Mathews has served on NIH and CDC working groups to define the direction of research on neuromuscular disease. She has also become increasingly involved in collaborative clinical research efforts, many of which are laying a groundwork for clinical trials.