Maryland ALS Clinic
A diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, can be challenging for patients and their families. The Maryland ALS Clinic provides families the help they need in managing the patient’s complex, changing medical needs.
The Maryland ALS Clinic is a center where the ALS Association’s support servicessuch as access to specialized equipment and transportation reimbursementare integrated into the patient’s care plan. The multidisciplinary health care team includes neurologists, a pulmonologist, nutritionist, research coordinator and physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists, as well as an ALS patient services coordinator.
All clinicians coordinate a plan of care to help patients and their families manage the challenges of this disease. Clinic visits are thorough and usually last up to three hours or more. Lunch is provided for the patient and the family or caregiver that accompanies them.
Patients who attend the clinic have the opportunity to participate in research projects.
Program Directors/Medical Directors: Justin Kwan, MD and Montserrat Diaz-Abad, MD
Clinic coordinator: John Cotterell, RN
Patient & Family Services Coordinator: Teri Clayton, ALS Association, DC/MD/VA Chapter