Support Faculty

Donald McCorquodale, MD, PhD

Don is currently a Neurology resident at the University of Utah. He earned his MD/PhD in the laboratory of Stephan Zuchner at the University of Miami Hussman Institute of Human Genomic where his work focused on the genetics and pathogenesis of axonal degeneration in Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) disease and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.  His current research focus at UPIN includes CMT and myotonic dystrophy. He plans to continue work in the field of inherited neuromuscular disease as a fellow after completing residency.


Louis Viollet, MD, PhD

Louis Viollet, MD, PhD, is a pediatric neurologist and geneticist from Paris University, France, specialist of neuromuscular disorders in childhood. He spent the last 5 years at the University of Utah in the Pediatric Motor Disorders Program, identifying genes involved in rare childhood onset neurological conditions, like distal spinal muscular atrophies. He is involved in the Medical Genetics Residency Program at the University of Utah. His experience in clinical and therapeutic research on pediatric neuromuscular diseases in France and his dual medical and scientific training will hopefully contribute to develop new therapeutic projects on neuromuscular disorders of childhood at the University of Utah.

Heather Hayes, PT, DPT, NCS, PhD

Heather is an assistant (clinical) professor within the Department of Physical Therapy and Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She works as a physical therapist in the University Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic specializing in neurological rehabilitation, with a subspecialty in stroke. She is the director of the Utah Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. Heather’s research interest focuses on motor learning difficulties in individuals with varying neurologic deficits and improvement in quality care for stroke survivors across the continuum of care.