ALS & Neurodegenerative Disease Center
The UCSF ALS & Neurodegenerative Disease Center provides comprehensive care for patients with progressive diseases in which nervous system cells lose function. These conditions include motor neuron diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
ALS attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord, causing the body's motor neurons to waste away. The result is increasing muscle weakness and incoordination, leading to difficulty with mobility, speaking, swallowing and breathing. Proper treatment can help control symptoms and allow patients to maintain more independence in their daily lives.
Our ALS team includes specialists in many fields, including neurology; pulmonology; gastroenterology; diet and nutrition; communication; social work; and occupational, physical, speech and respiratory therapies. Our patients also have access to an orthotist, a specialist in braces and other devices to support weak muscles and joints. Representatives from local patient advocacy organizations offer support as well. With all of us working together, we provide comprehensive care that's as effective as possible for each patient. Our patients also may be eligible to participate in clinical trials, studies to test promising new medications or other types of treatment.
Jennifer M. Murphy
Paul J. Sampognaro
Jamie C. Fong
CCC-SLP, MASpeech-language pathologist
Jessica W. Mok
Jamie B. Myres
PT, DPTPhysical therapist
Awards & recognition
Best hospital in Northern California
Best in the U.S. in neurology & neurosurgery
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your condition
- List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes