Members of the ALS Clinic multidisciplinary team combine their expertise and dedication to help patients have the best possible quality of life and optimally manage symptoms that may evolve as their disease progresses.
Working Together for Quality Care & Your Quality of LifeWith a multidisciplinary care team clinicians from multiple disciplines work together to provide advanced, specialized care from many perspectives. Patients receive all ALS-related care in one place. For our patients' convenience, we try to schedule as many same-day visits with multiple specialists as needed.
Merit Cudkowicz, MD
James Berry, MD
Unit Chief of MGH ALS
Steve S. Han, MD
Nazem Atassi, MD
Bill David, MD
Darlene Sawicki, NP
Co-Director of MGH ALS
Pat Andres, PT, DPT
Amy Swartz, PT, DPT
Paige Nalipinski, SLP
Jen Scalia, RN
Jessica Power, RN
Michele Parkinson, RN
Julie MacLean, OTR/L
- Cudkowicz, Merit E., MD, MSc
- David, William S., MD
- Han, Steve S., MD
- Atassi, Nazem, MD
- Berry, James, MD
NursesDarlene Sawicki, NP and the nurse team are available to answer questions regarding health concerns or issues related to your care and to assist you with prescription refills. Contact:
Darlene by e-mail or phone at 617-726-6190.
Michele Parkinson, RN email or phone at 617-643-6249
Jen Scalia, RN email or phone at 617-726-0316
Jessica Power, RN email or phone at 617-724-3380
Physical TherapyPhysical therapists Patricia Andres, MS, DPT and Amy Swartz PT, DPT work with patients to prolong mobility and function. Recommendations may include exercises, assistive devices, adaptive equipment and outpatient or homecare therapy. Contact Patricia Andres by e-mail or phone at 617-724-8995. Contact Amy Swartz by e-mail or phone at 617-724-0815.
Speech PathologyOur clinic's speech pathologist, Paige Nalipinski, MA, CLL, SLP specializes in working with ALS patients to evaluate any speech and swallowing issues that ALS might cause. She can also help arrange for communication devices. Contact Paige by e-mail or phone 617-724-0766.
Clinical Research Our research staff are dedicated to increasing knowledge about ALS and advancing patient care. Contact our research staff by e-mail or phone at 617-643-3980 to learn how you can participate in ongoing ALS research at Mass General Hospital.
Respiratory TherapyOur clinic's respiratory therapists, Purris Williams, RRT, and Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, work with patients to evaluate breathing concerns, provide education about their respiratory issues and recommend supportive equipment. Contact Purris by e-mail or phone at 617-724-4480. Contact Dean by e-mail or phone at 617-724-4480.
Occupational TherapyAn occupational therapist helps evaluate function and makes suggestions for skills that are essential for independent functioning, health and wellbeing. Contact Julie MacLean, OTR/L at 617-726-2960.