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.

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    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • usnews-neurology

      Best in the West in neurology & neurosurgery

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    Preparing for your appointment

    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

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    treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.

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