ALS Center

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The UCSF ALS Center provides specialists in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive degeneration of nerve cells that control muscle movements. The center has a team including neurologists, pumonologists, gastroenterologists, nurses, social works, a dietitian and genetic counselor to help identify your treatment needs and control your symptoms.

We also provide a communication specialist, an orthotist who specializes in braces or other devices to support weak muscles and joints and others in the area of occupational, physical, speech and respiratory therapy. Some patients may be eligible to participate in clinical trials, which are studies to test promising new medications or treatments.

We are part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

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Getting Here

ALS Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2122
Fax: (415) 353-2524

Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications that you're allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart

First Appointment

To request an appointment at the UCSF ALS Center, please call (415) 353-2108 or request an appointment online using our request form.

Our clinic sees new patients from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Tuesdays. You will be contacted a week before your appointment for a needs assessment. We will contact you two weeks after your visit to provide follow-up instructions.

Before an appointment is scheduled, you may be asked to provide a copy of your medical records for review by our doctors. The results of any diagnostic tests already completed also will be requested to ensure that tests aren't repeated unnecessarily. In addition, you may need a referral by your primary care doctor, depending on your health insurance.


Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit,

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Catherine Lomen-Hoerth
David Besio
David Besio
Miriam Crennan
Miriam Crennan
Occupational therapist
Andrew Lui
Andrew Lui
Physical therapist
Colleen Meier
Colleen Meier
Registered respiratory therapist