Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
John J. Kelly ALS Clinic in Washington DC
Lou Gehrig’s disease involves the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It affects muscles involved in everything from limb movement to breathing.
To diagnose and treat affected patients, and to support their families and other caregivers, the John J. Kelly ALS Clinic at The GW Medical Faculty Associates deploys a collaborative, multidisciplinary team. It includes a board-certified neuromuscular neurologist, a board-certified pulmonologist, a neuromuscular nurse practitioner, and a clinical research coordinator as well as a speech-language pathologist, physical and occupational therapists, a dietitian, and a social worker who is an ALS specialist.
Members of the team are present at each visit; their different points of view are considered in each decision. Patients’ and caregivers’ opinions are respected as well, because our goals are the same: to help patients achieve the best possible quality of life.
Certified ALS Centers must meet strict criteria established by the National ALS Association and be involved in ALS research. Our researchers are involved in studies that offer promise in the fight against the disease.