Quality Care Centers


Every day, the RLS Foundation hears from men, women and parents of children dealing with RLS who need help finding a knowledgeable provider who understands their disease and can offer answers and alternatives if or when medications lose effectiveness.

To help address these challenges, the RLS Foundation offers a network of certified RLS Quality Care Centers. Centers are staffed by leading RLS specialists who provide expert care and specialized disease management.

Through education, sharing of best practices and quality improvement projects, the Quality Care Center Network aims to improve the quality of healthcare for all people living with RLS.

Quality Care Centers are renowned for outstanding performance in the field. To achieve certification, Centers undergo review by the RLS Foundation Scientific and Medical Advisory Board and must demonstrate a high level of expertise and experience treating the disease.

RLS Quality Care Centers:

    • Are recognized as centers providing care to RLS patients by RLS experts
    • Serve as information and referral resources for regional support groups and for healthcare providers who treat patients with RLS
    • Promote understanding of the patient and family role in quality care improvement through educational offerings and literature
    • Share information with other Centers to improve clinical best practices
    • Partner with the RLS Foundation on quality improvement projects to raise the standard of care for RLS patients everywhere

Looking to join the network? Here’s how to apply for Quality Care Center Certification.


12 QCC Map

The RLS Foundation has certified twelve Quality Care Centers (QCC) in the United States, Austria and Switzerland.

Johns Hopkins

1. Johns Hopkins Center for
Restless Legs Syndrome

5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle
Baltimore, MD 21224

Appointments: Robin Fishel  rfishel2@jhmi.edu

Phone: (410) 550-8528

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • Christopher J. Earley, MB, BCH, PhD, FRCPI (QCC Director)
    seeing MD residents only


Houston Methodist

2. Houston Methodist Neurological Institute

6560 Fannin Street, Suite 1002
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: (713) 363-8184

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • William G. Ondo, MD (QCC Director)
  • Andrew Billnitzer, MD, MPH
  • Olga Wahn, MD


Mayo Clinic

3. Center for Sleep Medicine
at Mayo Clinic

200 1st Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905

Phone: (507) 538-3270

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • Michael H. Silber, MB, ChB (QCC Director)
  • Suresh Kotagal, MD
  • Mithri Junna, MD
  • Melissa C. Lipford, MD
  • Erik K. St. Louis, MD
  • Maja Tippmann-Peikert, MD


Innsbruck University

4. Innsbruck Medical University, Department of Neurology, Sleep Lab and Sleep Disorders Outpatient Clinic

Anichstr. 35
6020 Innsbruck Austria

Phone: + 43 512 405-23890
Appointments: Maria Kuscher, Cesarie Ndayisaba, Manuela Oberlechner schlaf-neurologie@i-med.ac.at

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • Birgit Högl, MD, Associated Professor of Neurology, Senior Board Certified Sleep Specialist (QCC Director)
  • Elisabeth Brandauer, MD
  • Birgit Frauscher, MD, Associated Professor of Neurology, Senior Board Certified Sleep Specialist
  • Anna Heidbreder, MD
  • Ambra Stefani, MD
  • Melanie Bergmann, MD
Stanford Health Care

5. Stanford Sleep Medicine

450 Broadway Street
Pavilion B, 2nd Floor, MC 5730
Redwood City, CA 94063

Phone: (650) 723-6601
Fax: (650) 721-3448

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • Clete Kushida, MD, PhD, RST, RPSGT (QCC Director)
  • Mark Buchfuhrer, MD, FAASM (available 1 day/month)


Emory Healthcare

6. Emory Sleep Center
(not accepting new patients at this time)

12 Executive Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Appointments: (404) 712-7533

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc (QCC Director)
  • Donald Bliwise, PhD
  • Romy Hoque, MD


Yale-New Haven Hospital

7. Yale Centers for Restless
Legs Syndrome

8 Devine Street
New Haven, CT 06473

Appointments: (203) 287-3550

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • Dr. Brian Koo (QCC Director)


Vanderbilt University Medical Center

8. Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt Sleep Center
2105 Edwards Curd Lane
Franklin, TN 37067

Vanderbilt Neurology One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 24100
Nashville, TN 37204

Appointments: (615) 936-0060

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • Arthur Scott Walters, MD (QCC Director)
  • Kanika Bagai, MSCI, MD
  • Mariana Bedoya, MD
  • Lana Jeradeh Boursoulian, MD (pediatrics)
  • Beth Ann Malow, MS, MD
  • Laurel Schaefer, DNP, APRN
  • Althea Robinson-Shelton, MD (adult and pediatrics)
  • Allison Stepuszek, DNP, FNP-BC



9. Scripps Clinic Sleep Center

10666 North Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla CA 92037

Phone: (858) 554-8845

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • J. Steven Poceta, MD (QCC Director)
  • Victoria Christison, PA-C



10. Sleep Center, Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland

Civic Hospital of Lugano
Via Tesserete 46
Lugano, Switzerland 6900

Phone: 0041 (0)91 811 6825

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • Mauro Manconi, MD, PhD (QCC Director)
  • Sylvia Miano, MD, PhD
  • Stephany Fulda, PhD


Massachusetts General Hospital

11. Massachusetts General

1 Bowdoin Square, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Appointments: 617-724-7426

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • John W. Winkelman MD, PhD (QCC Director)
  • Aleksander Videnovic, MD, MSc, FAAN, FAASM



12. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

3601 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3403

Appointments: (412) 681-2000

Certified Healthcare Providers:

  • Avinash Aggarwal, MD (QCC Director)


How You Can Support High-Quality Care

Your support is needed to promote effective treatment for everyone. You can help by making a gift designated for the Quality Care Program. Your pledge, in any amount, will be put to good work toward improving care for people living with RLS.