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Ai Sakonju, M.D.

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Languages

  • English

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 587-7575 Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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(801) 587-7575 PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton
3773 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT 84065
(801) 587-7575 Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

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Bio

Dr. Ai Sakonju completed both her pediatric internship and pediatric neurology chief residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital after receiving her medical degree from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine. This was followed by fellowship training in Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular disease with mentors Mark Bromberg, MD, PhD, and Kathryn Swoboda, MD, with the University of Utah, Dept. of Neurology. Prior to medical training and neurology residency, she majored in Biological Sciences with focus in Genetics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Dr. Sakonju sees general neurology patients as well as patients with more rare disorders. She has particular expertise in diagnosing and managing pediatric neuromuscular diseases and is one of only a handful of child neurologists in the U.S. with formal subspecialty training in electrophysiology with focus in nerve conduction and needle EMG studies used in evaluation of peripheral nerve and muscle diseases. To facilitate obtaining accurate data and ensure the comfort of patients, she has sedation privileges and also dedicates clinic time at least twice monthly for sedated electrodiagnostic studies on Mondays. As a service to patients, she has Friday morning clinics at the Clinical Neurosciences Center in parallel with the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic in order to enroll patients for MDA services including evaluation for braces and financial provision for wheelchairs. She is also one of the neurologists involved in the Pediatric Motor Disorders Research Program with interest in evaluation of children with neurotransmitter disorders and dystonias. Dr. Sakonju’s other special focus is in Spinal Muscular Atrophy patients with clinical research involvement, electrodiagnostic evaluation, and multi-specialty management.

In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, cooking and restaurant critiquing, music, sewing, knitting, and travel.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Pediatrics - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Neurology - Adjunct Instructor
Academic Divisions Pediatric Neurology
Board Certification American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Sub: Child Neurology)
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Sub: Neuromuscular Medicine)

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Neuromuscular Diseases

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Pediatrics - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Neurology - Adjunct Instructor
Academic Divisions Pediatric Neurology
Board Certification American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Sub: Child Neurology)
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Sub: Neuromuscular Medicine)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-7575 Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 587-7575 PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton
3773 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT 84065
(801) 587-7575 Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Academic Bio

Dr. Ai Sakonju completed both her pediatric internship and pediatric neurology chief residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital after receiving her medical degree from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine. This was followed by fellowship training in Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular disease with mentors Mark Bromberg, MD, PhD, and Kathryn Swoboda, MD, with the University of Utah, Dept. of Neurology. Prior to medical training and neurology residency, she majored in Biological Sciences with focus in Genetics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Dr. Sakonju sees general neurology patients as well as patients with more rare disorders. She has particular expertise in diagnosing and managing pediatric neuromuscular diseases and is one of only a handful of child neurologists in the U.S. with formal subspecialty training in electrophysiology with focus in nerve conduction and needle EMG studies used in evaluation of peripheral nerve and muscle diseases. To facilitate obtaining accurate data and ensure the comfort of patients, she has sedation privileges and also dedicates clinic time at least twice monthly for sedated electrodiagnostic studies on Mondays. As a service to patients, she has Friday morning clinics at the Clinical Neurosciences Center in parallel with the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic in order to enroll patients for MDA services including evaluation for braces and financial provision for wheelchairs. She is also one of the neurologists involved in the Pediatric Motor Disorders Research Program with interest in evaluation of children with neurotransmitter disorders and dystonias. Dr. Sakonju’s other special focus is in Spinal Muscular Atrophy patients with clinical research involvement, electrodiagnostic evaluation, and multi-specialty management.

In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, cooking and restaurant critiquing, music, sewing, knitting, and travel.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Electrophysiology
Fellow
Residency Johns Hopkins Hospital
Pediatric Neurology
Resident
Residency Johns Hopkins Hospital
Pediatrics
Resident
Internship Johns Hopkins Hospital
Pediatrics
Intern
Professional Medical University of Utah
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences
Biological Sciences
B.A.

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