Doctors

  • Atassi, Nazem, MD

    617-724-3914

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Babu, Suma, MBBS, MPH

    617-724-3914

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Berry, James D., MD, MPH

    617-724-3914

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Cudkowicz, Merit Ester, MD

    617-724-3914

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Neurodegenerative disorders
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Clinical research
    • Experimental therapeutics
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • David, William S., MD, PhD

    617-724-3914

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • EMG
    • Clinical neurophysiology
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Botox (botulinum toxin injections)
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center
  • Nicholson, Katharine A., MD

    617-724-3914

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Motor neuron disease
    • Neuromuscular disease
    • Myopathy
    • Neuropathy
    • Brain health
    • Neurology
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Paganoni, Sabrina, MD, PhD

    617-724-3914

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • EMG
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Neuromuscular rehabilitation
    Board Certifications
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab
    • Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab
    Locations
    • Boston: ALS clinic
  • Reda, Haatem M., MD

    617-726-8639

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neurology
    • Electromyography
    • Peripheral neuropathy
    • Medical education
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates

Nurses

Nurse Practitioners and 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.

Therapies

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists Katherine Burke, PT, DPT, NCS 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.

Respiratory Therapy

Our clinic's respiratory therapist, Purris Williams, RRT, works with patients to evaluate breathing concerns, provide education about their respiratory issues and recommend supportive equipment.

Occupational Therapy

An occupational therapist helps evaluate function and makes suggestions for skills that are essential for independent functioning, health and wellbeing.

Speech Language Pathology

Our clinic's speech language pathologists, Paige Nalipinski, MA, CLL, SLP and Stacey Sullivan, SLP specialize in working with ALS patients to evaluate any speech and swallowing issues that ALS might cause. They can also help arrange for communication devices.

Other Specialists

Other Specialists

  • Kate T. Brizzi, MD

    617-726-5533

    Neuropalliative Care Physician

    Dr. Brizzi joined the ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic in 2017 and provides Supportive Neurology and Palliative Care. She is dually trained in Neurology and Palliative Care, which is an approach to care that is appropriate at any stage of illness and focuses on helping patients live well.  Her goal is to improve quality of life for both patients and their families. In her role in the ALS multidisciplinary clinic, Dr. Brizzi works together with the team to help collaborate on the treatment of patients' physical and emotional symptoms as well as to help support patients in navigating treatment choices. 

  • Cassandra (Cara) Lund

    617-643-7589

    Social Worker

    Cara is a licensed clinical social worker with several years' experience in case management and patient support.  Most recently, she spent over five years working as a Renal Social Worker in outpatient dialysis, providing a large and diverse patient population with both psychosocial and resource-based support.  Before this she worked with a youth/family population at Shriners Hospital, and an elder population at Windsor House Adult Day Health in Cambridge.  She is passionate about supporting patients managing chronic illnesses, and very excited to be joining the Neurology team at MGH.

    Cara holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Boston College, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College.  In her free time, she enjoys following the local sports teams (a Boston native!), cooking, photography, and travel.

  • Diane Lucente

    617-726-1561

    Genetic Counselor

    Diane Lucente, MS, LCGC worked as a research technician investigating the genetic cause of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental conditions for several years before training to become a Genetic Counselor, a role that she has filled for almost 20 years. For the past 12 years, she has been a Senior Research and Clinical Genetic Counselor in the MGH Center for Human Genetic Research and a member of the FTD and Clinical Genetic Units. She provides clinical care to patients and families with neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental conditions, including diagnostic testing for patients with symptoms and pre-symptomatic testing for individuals with a 50% chance of inheriting a genetic condition. She recently "officially" joined the NCRI, providing genetic counseling to ALS patients and their families who are participating in research.  She continues to be actively involved in research to determine the genetic causes and modifiers of many neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative conditions.

  • Joseph Meekins

    617-726-1947

    Spiritual Care Provider

    As the ALS Clinic chaplain, Joe Meekins provides our staff, patients and their families with spiritual and emotional support. He lives on the North Shore of Boston where he completed his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2014 after graduating from Wheaton College, IL. He and his wife have a 1 year-old daughter named Everlee. He enjoys spending time with his family, serving at his church in Lexington, surfing and wood-working.

Research Team

Meet our research leadership and faculty team at the Sean M. Healey and AMG Center for ALS at Mass General.

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