Physicians

Working Together for Quality Care & Your Quality of Life

With 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
Taha Bali, MD
Harry Banno, MD
Bill David, MD
Bill David, MD
Steve S. Han, MD
Steve S. Han, MD
Katharine A. Nicholson, MD
Katharine A. Nicholson, MD
Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD
Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD
Elena Ratti, MD
Elena Ratti, MD

Nurses

Darlene Sawicki, NP, Co-Director of MGH ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic 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 Sawicki, NP 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, Access Nurse email or phone at 617-643-6249

 

 

Darlene Sawicki, NP

Darlene Sawicki, NP

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Melissa Arnold, RN

Sarah Cornacchio, RN

Jen Scalia, RN

Jen Scalia, RN

Katie Tee, RN

Physical Therapy

Physical 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

Pat Andres, DPT

Amy Swartz,  DPT

Amy Swartz, DPT

Speech Pathology

Our 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

Paige Nalipinski, SLP

Magdalen Balz MS, CCC, SLP

Magdalen Balz MS, CCC, SLP

Stacey Sullivan

Stacey Sullivan, 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 Therapy

Our 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 Therapy

An 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

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