Glycogen Storage Disease Clinic

Our goal is to improve quality of life for families and individuals with all types of glycogen storage disease (GSD).  We utilize a comprehensive approach for diagnosis, management and long-term follow up of children and adults with GSD .  This includes hospital admissions to Memorial Hermann Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hermann hospital  that help develop an individualized treatment plan to minimize long-term complications associated with GSD.  We utilize state of the art management tools, such as continuous glucose monitoring, point of care glucose and blood ketone monitoring to help further individualize clinical management.  We follow, and have extensive  experience with a large number of individuals with GSD Ia from South Texas and Northern Mexico.  Additionally, we assist other healthcare providers with the diagnosis and management of carbohydrate metabolism disorders, including liver and muscular forms of GSD.

Our medical team is led by David Rodriguez-Buritica, MD who is board certified in Medical Genetics and Pediatric Endocrinology with experience in diagnosis and medical management of individuals with carbohydrate metabolism disorders, and our clinic is staffed by registered metabolic nutritionist, led by Heather Saavedra, MS, RD, LD, to assist those affected by these disorders developing a diet plan to meet individual goals.  We are actively participating in GSD research, including clinical trials for gene therapy (


David Rodriguez-Buritica, MD


Paul Hillman, MD


Heather Saavedra, MS, RD, LD

Paige Roberts, MS, RD, LD

Genetic Counselor

Katie Gunther, MS, CGC

Medical Assistant

Nancy Lomas, MA

Research Coordinator

Ifeoma Ibekwe


Office Hours:  7 am – 4 pm CST

Clinic Days:  The GSD Clinic is held on the third Monday of every month.

Clinic Location:

The UT Professional Building

6410 Fannin St., Suite 500 – 5th floor

Houston, TX 77030

For questions about scheduling or research, please email Heather Saavedra at or call (713) 500-7098.