ALS & Neurodegenerative Disease Center
The UCSF ALS & Neurodegenerative Disease Center provides comprehensive treatment for patients with neurodegenerative disease, including motor neuron diseases (MNDs) such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or "ALS," commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Our multi-disciplinary ALS clinic team includes neurologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, nurses, social workers, a dietitian, a genetic counselor, a communication specialist, and occupational, physical, speech and respiratory therapists. They work together to identify your treatment needs and control your symptoms.
Our patients also have access to an orthotist who specializes in braces and other devices to support weak muscles and joints; as well as representatives from local patient advocacy organizations. Patients may be eligible to participate in clinical trials, which are studies to test promising new medications or other types of treatment.
We are a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter and are a part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neuroscience.
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 West in neurology & neurosurgery
Case Management and Social Work
Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.
We welcome feedback about your experience at UCSF Health. Find out how to contact us with comments, questions or concerns.
Spiritual Care Services
Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.
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
If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.
UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.
Checking into the hospital? Find helpful information by clicking on the relevant “Your Hospital Stay” booklet: Mission Bay, Parnassus or Mount
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