Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic
Lou Gehrig, NY Yankees first baseman, giving his famous speech in Yankee Stadium on July 4th, 1939. Less than two years after being diagnosed with ALS, Gehrig died at the age of 37.
About Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease each year. The incidence of ALS is two per 100,000 people, and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time.
The disease destroys the nerve cells that control muscles in healthy adults, ultimately causing complete paralysis while leaving mental function intact. ALS usually strikes in middle age or later, and men are somewhat more likely to develop the disease than women. Death often comes within two to five years of diagnosis, although some people survive longer. Currently, there is no cure for ALS. Symptoms are numerous and are compounded as the disease progresses, affecting walking, swallowing, and breathing.
The focus of care at the ALS Clinic is to preserve independence and communication, allowing patients to enjoy quality of life as long as possible. The Clinic makes this easier by bringing together the varied health disciplines needed to treat ALS patients for a one-day clinic. Every month, neurologists and nurse practitioners, along with respiratory, physical and speech therapists, and representatives from the local Muscular Dystrophy Association chapter meet with ALS patients to review the patient's status and make any changes to care as needed.
- Charles Thornton, M.D., Ph.D.
- Amy Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
- Rabi Tawil, M.D.
- Emma Ciafaloni, M.D.
- Chad Heatwole, M.D.
- Cindy Gibson, NP
- Debra Guntrum, NP
Neurology Outpatient Clinic
Strong Memorial Hospital, 1st Floor, AC-1
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 673
Rochester, NY 14642
You can keep track of her progress at her 'Cycling for Sally' blog. All proceeds raised will go to patient care services and support programs for the URMC ALS clinic.
To contact the ALS Clinic directly, please call 585-275-2559.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment or to speak with one of our neurologists, please
call 585-275-1200. If you must cancel your appointment, please do so at least
24 hours in advance.
The Department of Neurology participates with Blue Choice, MVP Healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rochester health plans.
Co-payments are collected at time of service. We accept cash or check only for all applicable co-payments and personal balances due at the time of service.