URMC Neurology Patient Care
Clinical Services - ALS Clinic
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.
ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease
More than 30,000 Americans have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS 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 ALS 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.
Neurology Outpatient Clinic
Strong Memorial Hospital, 2nd Floor
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
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.