ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic

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.

Physicians

Merit Cudkowicz, MD James Berry, MD Nazem Atassi, MD
Merit Cudkowicz, MD James Berry, MD
Unit Chief of MGH ALS
Multidisciplinary Clinic
Nazem Atassi, MD
Taha Bali, MD Harry Banno, MD Bill David, MD
Taha Bali, MD Harry Banno, MD Bill David, MD
Steve S. Han, MD Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD Elena Ratti, MD
Steve S. Han, MD Sabrina Paganoni,
MD, PhD
 Elena Ratti, 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

Melissa Arnold, RN email or phone at 617-643-5581

Sarah Cornacchio, RN email and 617-724-3380

Jen Scalia, RN email or phone at 617-726-0316

Katie Tee, RN email or phone at 617-643-6249

Darlene Sawicki, NP Melissa Arnold Sarah Cornacchio, RN
Darlene Sawicki, NP
Co-Director of MGH ALS
Multidisciplinary Clinic
Melissa Arnold, RN Sarah Cornacchio, RN
Jen Scalia, RN Katie Tee, RN  
Jen Scalia, RN Katie Tee, RN
Access Nurse
 

Physical TherapyPhysical therapists Amy Swartz PT, DPT and Patricia Andres, MS, DPT work with patients to prolong mobility and function. Recommendations may include exercises, assistive devices, adaptive equipment and outpatient or homecare therapy. Contact Amy Swartz by e-mail or phone at 617-724-0815.  Contact Patricia Andres by e-mail or phone at 617-724-8995.

Pat Andres, DPT  Amy Swartz,  DPT
Pat Andres, DPT  Amy Swartz,  DPT

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.

Paige Nalipinski, SLP  Magdalen Balz MS, CCC, SLP
Paige Nalipinski, SLP  Magdalen Balz MS, CCC, SLP

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.

Julie MacLean, OTR/L  
Julie MacLean, OTR/L