About 30,000 Americans suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at any given time. Each year, approximately 500 patient with ALS and the related motor neuron diseases primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) and progressive muscular atrophy (PMA) visit The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig ALS Center at Columbia University from the United States and abroad. Multi-disciplinary care is provided in specialty clinics supported by the ALS Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Our clinical team is led by neurologists with special training in ALS and related disorders, and includes:
- Nurse Practitioner with a background and expertise in palliative care medicine
- Physical and Occupational Therapists
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Registered Dietician
- Respiratory Therapist
- Social Workers
... with support from experts in Psychiatry, Pulmonary, Palliative Care and Nutritional Medicine, Gastroenterology and Interventional Radiology
Together, we work with each patient to maintain mobility and function and the ability to perform independent, daily activities. We strive to address each individual’s specific symptoms and needs in support of their comfort and quality of life. We also recognize and address the importance of providing support to the patient’s family and caregivers.
In addition to providing the highest level of clinical care, The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig ALS Center gives patients the opportunity to participate in cutting edge basic, translational and clinical research.