Center for Autonomic & Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Treating Disorders of the Peripheral and Autonomic Nervous System

BIDMC's Center for Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Disorders is an international center for the research, investigation, testing and treatment of disorders of the peripheral and autonomic nervous system. This division of the nervous system controls automatic bodily functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure and sweating, as well as bowel, bladder and sexual function. At our Center, we focus on:

  • Leading-edge discoveries of new autonomic disorders
  • Developing biomarkers that improve the diagnosis of autonomic diseases
  • Bringing new, more effective therapies for autonomic disorders to practice

We take a science-first approach to providing care for patients using the most up-to-date treatment options available. As a patient at our practice, you'll have access to a variety of clinical trials that can improve overall quality of life in relation to:

  • Multiple system atrophy
  • Parkinson's disease with dysautonomia
  • Pure autonomic failure
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Diabetes, amyloidosis, small fiber neuropathy, and other peripheral and autonomic neuropathies
  • Postural tachycardia syndrome
  • Neurally-mediated syncope
  • Orthostatic hypotension

To be seen at our Center, you must be referred by a physician. During your visit, you'll meet with a neurologist and may need to undergo autonomic testing which could include a biopsy.

View the Center's active research clinical trials here.

Our Services

Meet Our Team

Roy L. Freeman, MD


Christopher Gibbons, MD

Christopher H. Gibbons, MD

Clinical Neurophysiology; Neurology