Jay Lombard MD
I am a neurologist with over 25 years of experience. Having completed both my neurology and psychiatry residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, I currently treat patients with neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and MS at my private practice in Tarrytown, New York. My current research is in identifying specific metabolic factors that precipitate neurodegeneration in hopes of advancing the connection between a dysregulated immune system and neurodegenerative disorders, which is often referred to as a state of “immune exhaustion” and chronic infectious disease. I also focus on research regarding the mitochondria in Autism, gene therapy in Batten’s disease, and antisense technologies in pediatric brain cancer. I have a strong sense of optimism and my efforts are dedicated to aligning with my patients in fighting against ALS by utilizing my philosophy of taking an integrative approach of pharmaceutical, non-pharmaceutical, and near-infrared light therapy approaches to address both the physical and existential-emotional issues that play a key role in prognosis.
Stanley H. Appel, MD
Stanley H. Appel, MD is Co-director of Houston Methodist Neurological Institute, chair of the Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology and the Peggy and Gary Edwards Distinguished Chair in ALS at Houston Methodist Hospital. He also is Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College. An internationally renowned researcher and neurologist, Dr. Appel is dedicated to the treatment of patients with ALS and is one of the nation's foremost experts on the disease. He has spent more than 40 years devoted to understanding the human brain. Dr. Appel is creator and director of what is now the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute's MDA/ALSA ALS Research and Clinical Center in Houston. Established in 1982, the center was the first multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to ALS patient care and research in the United States. Dr. Appel's laboratory focuses on developing new insights into ALS, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease, and was the first to document regulatory T-lymphocytes modulate disease progression in ALS patients. His focus is on enhancing the protective immunity of T-reg cells and anti-inflammatory microglia in neurodegeneration. Dr. Appel has written 15 books and more than 400 articles. His achievements include the Gold Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Sheila Essey Award for ALS Research, Texas Neurological Society Lifetime Achievement Award, Forbes Norris Award from the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations and John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award from the Houston Academy of Medicine.
Anjali Shah, MD
Anjali Shah, M.D., is an Associate Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is the only physiatrist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area who focuses exclusively on the management of patients with multiple sclerosis and related illnesses. She is the Director of the Neurorehabilitation Program in the UT Southwestern Clinical Center for Multiple Sclerosis. She also is the Director of the wheelchair/seating program at UT Southwestern. Physiatrist Anjali Shah, M.D., specializes in rehabilitation medicine, a field that helps patients with disabilities live better lives. Dr. Shah is the only physiatrist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area who is focused solely on multiple sclerosis (MS) and related diseases. Dr. Shah works in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Clinical Center for Multiple Sclerosis, the largest such facility in the country, where people with MS can see a variety of specialists under one roof.
Dr. Richard Bedlack, MD, PhD
Neurologist, Dr. Richard Bedlack, MD PhD runs the ALS Clinic at Duke Medical School. He is a pioneer in the ALS Community, leading the research into the causes of ALS reversals. As of July 29, 2020, he has confirmed 48 reversals. In this presentation, he discussed that research as well as new studies he's conducting into Gut Health, Clenbuterol and Methycobalamin.
Dr. Peter D. Donofrio, MD
Dr. Donofrio’s major research interests are in the fields of peripheral neuropathy and in motor neuron disorders. He has authored articles on the treatment of neuropathic pain in patients with diabetic neuropathy and the treatment of chronic inflammatory neuropathies, particularly with plasma exchange and intravenous immunoglobulin. He has participated in many clinical trials of potential agents for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the United States.
Dr. Jonathan Glass, MD
Jonathan D. Glass received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College (Vermont) and his MD from the University of Vermont. He trained in Neurology and Neuropathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he was a faculty member until being recruited to Emory in 1996. He is widely known for his research on the pathogenesis and prevention of nerve degeneration in neurological diseases, and for his work in human and experimental neuropathology. His laboratory focuses on the study of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases using animal models, cell cultures, and human tissues to investigate the causes and potential cures for ALS. Dr. Glass is also Director of the Emory ALS Center, which has grown to be one of the largest clinical centers in the Southeast, and is the co-Chair of the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS), an organization dedicated to advancing clinical research for ALS patients and their families. Dr. Glass is an active clinician who has been cited each year since 2001 as one of "America's Top Doctors" (Castle Connelly) and since 2005 as one of "Atlanta's Top Doctors" (Atlanta Magazine). He is also a teacher and mentor to young physicians and served as the director of Emory's Neurology residency program from 2001-2006.
Dr. Charles Crist, MD, PC
Dr. Crist grew up in Shelbina, Missouri and attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After his family medicine residency at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, he served three years on active duty as an A-10 flight surgeon in the United States Air Force. He is a former president and current member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM). Dr. Crist has a nationwide practice, seeing patients from almost all fifty states. The primary goal of his practice is to find and eliminate the root causes of symptoms that his patients deal with daily. If you are looking for a doctor that will take the time to not only discover what is causing your symptoms, but will also make sure you are heard during your appointment, Dr. Crist is the one for you. From long appointment times, to extensive methods for testing and treatment, Dr. Crist examines your symptoms through a number of different lenses. After years of experience dealing with chronically ill patients Dr. Crist says, “When patients use words like weird, strange or crazy, usually they have a Lyme disease-like illness.” The symptoms that his patients face vary extensively and no one patient is exactly like another. Tick-borne infections may imitate almost any symptom or disease, but the top medical problems Dr. Crist diagnosis and treats are pain, fatigue, brain/cognitive, eye, and neurological problems. A lot of time and care is put into diagnosing and helping each patient and ninety-seven percent of Dr. Crist’s patients get better after his treatments.
Dr. Edward Kasarskis, MD, PhD
Dr. Kasarskis earned an MD from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, in Madison. He completed residencies at the University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences in Madison and at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology and was named a Best Doctor 2013. Clinical interests include Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Biochemistry, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Neurology, and Nutrition.
Dr. Robert Neel, MD
Robert Neel, MD, has been a neurologist at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, UC Health and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) since 2005. He serves in the neuromuscular division of the department, and is the director of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic at UC Health, specializing in ALS and autoimmune neuromuscular disorders. He continues to work with the ALS Association and the MDA Association for the development of a comprehensive local ALS clinic for residents of our community. He is currently an associate professor of Neurology and the co-director of the Neurology Residency Program at the UC College of Medicine. In addition to his resident education responsibilities, Dr. Neel has enjoyed working on the Curriculum Committee for the medical school, becoming more involved in the future of medical education in our region. Dr. Neel was honored with the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty under 40 award in 2010 and has been named to Cincinnati Magazine's Top Doctors since 2009.
Dr. Bashar Katirji, MD
Director, Neuromuscular Center and EMG Laboratory, UH Cleveland Medical Center Professor, CWRU School of Medicine Program Director, Neuromuscular Medicine, UH Cleveland Medical Center Director, Autonomic Laboratory, UH Cleveland Medical Center EXPERTISE Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Electrodiagnostic Testing Electromyography (EMG) Entrapment Neuropathies Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Neuromuscular Disorders Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Erik Pioro, MD, PhD
Erik P. Pioro, MD, PhD, FRCPC, is Director of the Section of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Related Disorders at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, where he specializes in the care of patients with ALS and other complex neurodegenerative motor neuron disorders and runs clinical trials to find effective treatments for these diseases. His primary research focus is using magnetic resonance imaging to identify and monitor the progression of motor neuron degeneration in the brains of patients with ALS and related conditions, and the correlation of imaging changes with human and mouse ALS brain tissue. Dr. Pioro received his medical degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, which was followed by a doctorate in philosophy (PhD) at the University of Oxford in England as a Rhodes Scholar. He completed his neurology residency at the Montreal Neurologic Institute at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he also completed a fellowship in magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He also trained as a clinical and research fellow in electromyography/neuromuscular diseases at Cleveland Clinic, where he remained on staff. Dr. Pioro is the recipient of several awards well as grants from the National Institutes of Health, the ALS Association and the Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American Academy of Neurology, Society for Neurosciences, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and World Federation of Neurology. He serves on the scientific committee for the international ALS CARE Database. He holds the Barry Winovich Chair for ALS Research at the Lerner Research Institute of Cleveland Clinic. Dr Pioro has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on clinical and basic-science topics related to neuromuscular function and disease, particularly in relation to ALS and related disorders. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Neuroscience Imaging, and he serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including ALS and Motor Neuron Disorders, Annals of Neurology, Brain, Muscle and Nerve, Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Neuroimmunology, Journal of Neuroscience, Molecular Neurobiology, and Neurology.
Dr. Nicholas T. Olney, MD
A personal experience with ALS is what drew Dr. Nicholas Olney to the field of medicine. Following several years of working in biotech, Dr. Olney learned that his father had been diagnosed with ALS. He was inspired to study the disease and provide clinical care. "Being a caregiver for my father changed my life. Being selected as co-director of the Providence ALS Center is an honor." After receiving his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Olney completed a neurology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. Following his residency, Dr. Olney returned to UCSF to focus on neurodegenerative disease and research. "The first year of my fellowship, I was focused on dementia and imaging research. My final two years focused on ALS clinical care and spinal imaging research in ALS." In his spare time, Dr. Olney enjoys spending time with family and collecting records. He is excited about participating in outdoor activities in the Northwest like hiking and fishing.
Dr. Thomas Ragole, MD
Dr. Thomas Ragole is a Neurology Specialist from Aurora, Colorado. He graduated with honors from University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, Denver in 2014. Having more than 6 years of diverse experiences, especially in NEUROLOGY, Dr. Thomas Ragole affiliates with many hospitals including Ohsu Hospital And Clinics, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Samaritan Albany General Hospital, Salem Hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Oregon Health And Sciences University / University Medical Group.
Dr. Raghav Govindarajan, MD
Dr. Govindarajan’s research surrounds the development of serological and electrophysiological biomarkers that can be used to monitor therapeutic response in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He is interested in developing novel therapies and repurposing orphan drugs for treatment ALS. In addition, Dr. Govindarajan's research incorporates the design and development of newer models of clinical trials for ALS which are patient-centered and can provide meaningful answers applied in clinical practice. Dr. Govindarajan founded and serves as the medical director of the ALS Association Center of Excellence clinic at MU Health Care and serves on committees of the northeast ALS research consortium and western ALS research consortium.
Dr. Joseph Americo Fernandes Jr, MD
Dr. J. Americo M. Fernandes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences joining our staff in July of 2006. He is the chief of the neurology section at the Omaha VA medical center. He received his Medical Degree from Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He completed a neurology residency and EMG training in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He completed his Neurology Residency at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland. Two fellowships were completed; the first in Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG) at Case Western Reserve University and the second in Neuromuscular Disorders at Washington University in Saint Louis. Dr. Fernandes is the director of the UNMC ALS multidisciplinary clinic and co-director of the UNMC muscular dystrophy clinic. Dr. Fernandes evaluates patients with neuromuscular disorders including ALS, motor neuron disease, muscular dystrophy, myopathies, myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular junction disorders, peripheral neuropathies. He is working on enhancing neuromuscular research at UNMC. Dr. Fernandes is board certified in Neurology and Neuromuscular Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG) by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, The American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Medical Association, the Northeast ALS consortium (NEALS), the Western ALS study group (WALS), and the ALS research group.
Dr. Randall Trudell, MD
Dr. Trudell is interested in the role of the microbiome in chronic diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and spondyloarthropathies. These data could lead to new insights into how our microbiome influences the immune system and whether immunomodulatory medications may work best for these conditions.
Dr. Sharique A. Ansari, MD, MPH
Sharique Ansari, MD, MPH is ABPN Board Certified in Neurology and ABEM Board Certified in electrodiagnostic medicine. He holds a Master's in Public Health. He holds a BS from the University of Michigan and attended Medical School at the University of Saint Eustatius School of Medicine. His Neurology residency was at the University of Nebraska/Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. He completed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology in Neuromuscular/EMG at Wayne State University – Detroit Medical Center, and was Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Ansari's primary clinical interests are neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine. Kane Hall Barry Neurology has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) by the Charcot-Marie-Tooth-Association (CMTA) Dr. Sharique Ansari is the director of the CMT Center at Kane Hall Barry Neurology.
Dr. Jaya Trivedi, MD
Jaya Trivedi, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in treating neuromuscular disorders. Jaya Trivedi, M.D., has dedicated her career to treating challenging neurological conditions; she has particular expertise at caring for patients with neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Trivedi specializes in treating conditions such as amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), myasthenia gravis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIPD), peripheral neuropathy, inflammatory myopathies, and muscular dystrophy.
Dr. Alan W. Martin, MD
Dr. Martin is a graduate of Texas A & M University and received his medical degree from Texas A & M College of Medicine. He completed his neurological training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and at Parkland Hospital where he served as Chief Resident in Neurology from 1987 to 1988. Dr. Martin completed his neuromuscular fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In 1989, he began private practice at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Martin is the Clinical Director of the Neuromuscular Center at The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Zachary Simmons, MD
Dr. Zachary Simmons' primary research focus is on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease). He has published extensively on quality of life in ALS and was the co-developer of the ALS Specific Quality of Life Instrument. Related to this, he has published on ethics of care and end-of-life issues. Telemedicine, including both synchronous videoconferencing and asynchronous remote monitoring initiatives, are being pursued in collaboration with colleagues in engineering and in speech and communications. These include initiatives in home pulmonary function testing, monitoring of gait and falls and monitoring of speech and swallowing. Cognitive and behavioral dysfunction in ALS are other active areas of Dr. Simmons' research, including the use of an instrument to measure apathy and the study of a mindfulness program to improve quality of life and to decrease anxiety and depression. Dr. Simmons is also actively involved in ALS clinical trials, and has served as the site principal investigator for many studies during the past two decades. In the clinic, Dr. Simmons evaluates newly-referred patients for possible ALS and sees them for follow-up care. Patients with related disorders such as primary lateral sclerosis, progressive muscular atrophy, progressive bulbar palsy and hereditary spastic paraplegia are also seen regularly. Dr. Simmons continues to provide ongoing care for patients with a variety of other neuromuscular disorders and to perform electrodiagnostic studies (nerve conduction studies and electromyography, or EMG).
Dr. Alan Pestronk, MD
Dr. Pestronk's practice is primarily restricted to neuro muscular diseases. You must received a referral from your physician prior to scheduling an appointment with Dr. Pestronk. Dr. Pestronk is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.
Dr. Robert Bucelli, MD, PhD
Dr. Bucelli has been a practicing neurologist at the ALS Clinic since 2011. He is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he serves as the Site Principal Investigator on several clinical studies relating to ALS. After graduating summa cum laude from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York with a degree in biology, Dr. Bucelli went on to receive his medical degree and PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He then completed an internship in internal medicine and postgraduate residency in neurology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine, followed by a postgraduate Clinical Fellowship Training Program in the Department of Neurology’s Neuromuscular Section, also at Barnes-Jewish and Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Academic Medical Leadership Program for Physicians and Scientists. Dr. Bucelli is expert in diagnosing and treating neuromuscular disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He also reads and interprets muscle and nerve biopsies to aid in the diagnostic evaluations of patients seen at Washington University and many additional outside institutions. Dr. Bucelli’s clinical expertise guides exemplary multidisciplinary ALS care in the neuromuscular clinic. His skill in delivering drugs to the fluid surrounding the spinal cord has enabled Dr. Bucelli’s and Washington University’s leadership in trials using antisense oligonucleotides to turn off the production of harmful genes that cause ALS. Dr. Bucelli has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and clinical work at Washington University. He is a five-time recipient of the Eliasson Award for Teaching Excellence and has authored over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is a frequently invited guest lecturer and presenter at regional and national conferences.
Dr. R. Brian Sommerville, MD
Dr. Sommerville specializes in treating adults with neuromuscular diseases, Muscular Dystrophy, nerve disorders, muscle disorders, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and Myasthenia Gravis. You must received a referral from your physician prior to scheduling an appointment with Dr. Sommerville.