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Neuromuscular Division

The Massachusetts General Hospital Neuromuscular Division offers integrated, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases.

What to Expect

Patient Registration

If this will be your first visit to Massachusetts General Hospital as a patient, the first step to making an appointment is to call the Registration and Referral Center at 1-866-211-6588 to receive a Mass General patient number.

Referrals

Before scheduling an appointment, you will also need to have a Neurology Service referral form completed by your primary care physician or neurologist. There are instructions on the form to complete this step.

Medical Records: Please submit your medical records and films prior to your first visit.

Appointments

Neurology Access Center: 1-855-MGH-NEUR (644-6387)  A Neurology Access Center staff member will help you make an appointment.

The following clinics can be reached by the phone numbers listed below.

Child Neuromuscular Services

What to Expect at Your Appointment

As a first step, we will review your medical history and the results of your physical examination. If necessary, further testing, e.g. electrodiagnostic testing, muscle biopsies, blood or genetic studies will be administered within the Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center. For patients visiting from out of town, we try to schedule all testing for one day.

At a follow-up visit, we discuss the test results with you. We also work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific situation and preferences. With some disorders, our treatments can actually modify the underlying disease process. In other cases, our focus is on symptom management.

We are happy to assume ongoing care for patients through the neuromuscular clinics, Botulinum Toxin Service, Outpatient Infusion Suite and other entities within the Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center. We are also available for second opinions appointments, after which we can send you back to your referring physician with suggestions for treatment.

Access to Studies & Trials

Much groundbreaking research into the basis of neuromuscular disorders has taken place at Mass General. In addition to an active basic science program, the Neurology Clinical Trials Unit currently is conducting clinical research studies and trials of promising new therapies for neuromuscular disorders. Browse online for open trials. As members of an academic medical institution, our physicians incorporate the latest research advances into their clinical practice whenever possible.

Prestigious Fellowship ProgramThe Neuromuscular Division offers a Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). During this one-year program, fellows receive in-depth training in electrodiagnosis, nerve and muscle pathology and clinical evaluation of neuromuscular disorders. They are involved in all aspects of patient care and also participate in the EMG Laboratory.

The Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship is a joint collaboration between the Massachusetts General (MGH) and Brigham and Women's (BWH) Hospitals, both members of the Partners Healthcare System. It is the largest fellowship of its kind in the United States.  Anthony Amato, MD, (BWH) is the program director, and William David, MD, PhD, (MGH), is the associate program director. Drs. Amato and David are faculty members of the Harvard Medical School.”

Our physicians have specialized expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of neuromuscular diseases, including:

Patient Convenience a Priority

In the Neuromuscular Division, we want patients with neuromuscular disorders to be able to receive all evaluative, diagnostic and treatment services in a single location. Mass General is one of the few U.S. hospitals with such a convenient arrangement.

The Neuromuscular Division comprises three entities:

  • Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center: A wide range of diagnostic and treatment services are available at this facility (see below for details)
  • ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic: This clinic provides high-quality care along with access to the latest treatments and research opportunities
  • Painful Neuropathy Clinic: The nerve injury Unit specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of conditions that are grouped into the medical category of small-fiber neuropathies.The Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center established in 2006 includes:
  • Electromyography (EMG) Laboratory: Board-certified electromyographers here specialize in diagnosing muscle and nerve disorders
  • Autonomic Laboratory: This facility employs tilt-table testing, quantitative sweat testing and other maneuvers for diagnosis of syncope/presyncope and small-fiber neuropathies
  • Muscle and Skin Biopsy Service: This service performs muscle or skin biopsies for diagnostic purposes
  • Botulinum Toxin Service: Botulinum toxin treatments are available to treat dystonia, spasticity (due to stroke , head injury or multiple sclerosis) and various other disorders
  • Outpatient Infusion Suite: This ambulatory unit delivers infusion services to patients in a convenient, personalized and semiprivate setting
  • Outpatient Neuromuscular Clinics: A team of clinicians provides expert diagnostic services and access to innovative research studies and trials (for non-ALS patients only). These clinics are supported by the Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Exercise Testing: This form of testing is used to diagnose metabolic myopathies
  • Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic: Neurologists at this clinic, which falls under the administration of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, work closely with other Mass General neurologists with special training and interest in pediatrics

Subspecialty Expertise

William S. David, MD, and Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, are codirectors of the Neuromuscular Division.

Our physician staff consists of adult neurologists and pediatric neurologists, each with subspecialty expertise in diagnosing and treating neuromuscular diseases. Many have received grants from the National Institutes of Health and/or industry for conducting neuromuscular research.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common and severe progressive muscular dystrophy to affect children.

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Neurology residents, program graduates, faculty members, and the education director talk about training at Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Neuromuscular Division - Adult

Please check with your doctor's office for
the location of your appointment.
Mailing Address: see below
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-643-2085
Fax: 617-726-6991
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Location

Please check with your doctor's office for the location of your appointment, as our practice has offices in more than one building. 

Appointments

To make an appointment with our unit, please call one of the following numbers.

Clinic appointments require a referral from your primary care physician or neurologist. Please submit your medical records and films prior to your first visit.

Muscle & Skin Biopsy, EMG & Autonomic Testing

Outpatient Neuromuscular Clinic
Charles River Plaza 165
8th Floor, Suite 820
Massachusetts General Hospital
165 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114

Infusion Suite Nurses Station

Phone: 617-643-2065
Fax: 617-726-2958
Voice Mail: 617-643-2066
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Mailing Address

Wang Ambulatory Care Center
8th Floor, Suite 835
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

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