Section of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Related Disorders
The mission of the Center for ALS and Related Disorders is to:
- Evaluate and diagnose patients with ALS and other motor neuron diseases (MNDs) in a timely, comprehensive and compassionate fashion.
- Provide excellent and comprehensive clinical care on an ongoing basis to patients with ALS and other MNDs in the multidisciplinary ALS/MND Team Clinic
- Conduct clinical investigations, participate in therapeutic trials and conduct basic research to identify causes and effective treatments of ALS and other MNDs
- Provide ongoing education relevant to ALS and other MNDs to patients and their caregivers, to the multi-disciplinary team, and to health care professionals in the community
ALS Section Creates Solutions to the Challenges of ALS and Other MNDs
Through scientific investigation, specialists in the Section of ALS and Related Disorders continue to probe for the cause of the disease.
Through clinical trials of promising medications, specialists seek potentially effective treatments.
In creating solutions to the many challenges people with ALS face, the ALS Section capitalizes on the interaction and cooperation among the physicians and allied health professionals who are members of the patient’s care-giving team.
ALS Section’s Team of Specialists Offers Comprehensive Care
Although there is no specific treatment for ALS or other MNDs because the cause (or causes) is/are unknown, specialists in the ALS Section are familiar with the disease’s many manifestations. Because the specialists are familiar with both the typical and less typical symptoms, they are adept at distinguishing this disease from similar conditions that can be treated and reversed. Consequently, they are frequently called upon to confirm a diagnosis of ALS and other MNDs. The Section of ALS and Related Disorders specialists diagnose approximately 300 new ALS/MND patients each year from the United States and abroad.
Once the disease is diagnosed, specialists and allied health professionals in the ALS Section offer patients comprehensive treatment in a compassionate setting in the multidisciplinary ALS/MND Team Clinic. Although it is impossible to erase the weakness and progressive muscle paralysis (at present) that accompany ALS and other MNDs, team members strive to maintain, or at times restore, a patient’s muscle function and his or her ability to perform the daily activities of life.
ALS/MND Team Clinic Designated by the ALS Association
Cleveland Clinic’s ALS/MND Team Clinic is one of the first of 34 ALS clinics in the United States to be designated by the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALSA).
ALS/MND Team Clinic Specialists
- Julia Anisimova MSN, FNP-BC
ALS/MND Team Clinic Coordinator
- Nicole Berry, CCRP
Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical On-Site Members
- Lisa M. Bruening, MS, CCC-SLP
Director of Care Services
ALS Association, Northern Ohio Chapter
- Emily Fitzpatrick, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Speech Pathologist
- Gerri Sagan, BSW, LSW, CHP-SW
Regional Care Coordinator
ALS Associate, Northern Ohio Chapter
- Alexandra Sakai, LSW
- Carolyn V. Synder, MPH, RD, LD
- Matt Sutliff, PT
- Shawna Weigel, OTR
Neuromuscular Specialists in the Neuromuscular Center
Research Personnel in Section of ALS and Related Disorders