Neuromuscular Division

Neuromuscular Division

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

Our physicians have specialized expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neuromuscular disorders, including:

  • Muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy and myositis
  • Neuromuscular junction disorders such as myasthenia gravis
  • Nerve disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, Chronic inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) and neuropathies related to other general diseases such as diabetes
  • Motor neuron disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and spinal muscular atrophy

Patient Convenience is a Priority

In the Neuromuscular Division, patients with neuromuscular disorders receive comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in a single location. The Neuromuscular Division comprises several entities:

Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center: Established in 2006, the Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center includes:

  • Outpatient Neuromuscular Clinics: A team of clinicians provides expert diagnostic and treatment services including access to innovative research studies and therapeutic trials. A wide range of general and subspecialty neuromuscular clinics offer comprehensive care to both adult and pediatric patients. Subspecialty clinics include the Inherited Neuropathies Center of Excellence (Charcot Marie Tooth Disease), Myasthenia Gravis Center, Myotonic Dystrophy Clinic and the Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic. These clinics are associated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) and Charcot Marie Tooth Association (CMTA).
  • Electromyography (EMG) Laboratory: Board-certified electromyographers specialize in diagnosing muscle and nerve disorders
  • Autonomic Laboratory: This facility employs tilt-table testing, quantitative sweat testing and other maneuvers for the evaluation of patients with autonomic disorders, syncope and small-fiber neuropathies
  • Muscle Biopsy Service: This service performs muscle biopsies for the diagnosis of a wide range of muscle disorders
  • Botulinum Toxin Service: Botulinum toxin treatments are available to treat dystonia, spasticity (due to stroke, head injury or multiple sclerosis and various other disorders (pathological drooling or sweating).
  • 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

ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic: This clinic provides high-quality care along with access to the latest treatments and research opportunities

Our Doctors

William S. David, MD, PhD is Director 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.

  • 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
  • Bowley, Michael P., MD, PhD

    617-726-8639

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neurology
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Neuropathy
    • Electromyography
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
    • Boston: Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center
  • 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
  • Dredge, David C., MD

    617-726-0039

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Hereditary peripheral neuropathies
    • Epilepsy
    • Myasthenia gravis
    • Neonatal seizures
    • Neonatal neurology
    • Fetal neurology
    • Pediatric stroke
    • Headache disorders
    • Neurogenetics
    • Movement disorders
    • Tics/Tourette syndrome
    • Developmental delays
    • Cerebral palsy
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Neurology
    • Northampton: Cooley Dickinson Medical Group
  • Gonzalez Perez, Paloma, MD, PhD

    617-726-3642

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Myopathy
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Neuropathy
    • Motor neuron disease
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Guidon, Amanda C., MD

    617-726-3642

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Myasthenia gravis
    • Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome
    • Neuropathy
    • Myopathy
    • Neurological complications of cancer therapy
    • Electromyography
    • Neuromuscular ultrasound
    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
  • Seyedsadjadi, Reza, MD

    617-726-3642

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
    • Boston: Neurology Associates
  • Swoboda, Kathryn J., MD

    617-726-5732

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neuromuscular problems of infants and children
    • Motor neuron disease
    • Neurogenetic disorders
    • Dystonia
    • Neurology
    • Pediatric Neurology
    Board Certifications
    • Clinical Genetics (M.D.), American Board of Medical Genetics
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurogenetics Program
    • Boston: Neurogenetics Clinic
  • Wheeler, Thurman M., MD

    617-726-5533

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neurology
    • Pediatric Neurology
    Board Certifications
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Neurology Associates

Conditions & Diseases

At the Neuromuscular Divison at Mass General, we have expertise in and treat a variety of conditions including, but not limited to the following:

  • Charcot Marie Tooth Disease
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common and severe progressive muscular dystrophy to affect children.
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a broad term that describes a genetic (inherited) disorder of the muscles. Muscular dystrophy causes the muscles in the body to become very weak.
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Motor Neuron Diseases including ALS
  • Myopathy
  • Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Neuropathy

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is your office contact information?
A: Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center
Phone: 617-726-3642
Fax: 617-726-2019

EMG and AFT Testing Lab
Phone: 617-726-3644
Fax: 617-726-2958

Q: Where is the clinic location?
A: Our clinic is located in the Charles River Plaza, in between the Whole Foods and the Bank of America. The address is 165 Cambridge Street Suite 820 in Boston, MA 02114.

Q: What is your mailing address?
A: Attn: Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center and EMG Lab
Charles River Plaza
165 Cambridge Street
Suite 820
Boston, MA 02114

Q: What is required in order to schedule a new patient appointment?
A: To schedule a new patient appointment for a consult we need your most recent visit notes from your referring provider explaining why you need to be seen. We will also need your most recent EMG report, MRI reports, and any blood work that was done. We do not take patient self-referrals.
To schedule an EMG, we will need your referring provider to fill out an EMG requisition form. If they are in the partner’s network they can put the referral into CRMS. If they are from an outside facility, they can call 617-726-3644 and have a requisition form sent to them.

Q: How can I obtain a copy of my medical records from the Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center and EMG Lab?
A: You will need to complete the MGH Release of Information form and either fax or mail it back to our office. The release form can be found here. http://www.massgeneral.org/notices/medicalrecords.aspx

Q: Where do I have my PCP fax my insurance referral to?
A: Referral Office Fax: 781-960-1266

Q: How do I know if my insurance will cover my visit?
A: Please call your insurance company to verify that your appointment or test will be covered. You can also contact our Financial Access Unit at 617-726-6828.

Q: How do I update my demographic information?
A: Please contact out Registration and Referrals Center at 866-211-6588.

Q: How long will it take for me to receive my test results and how will they be communicated to me?
A: For EMG and AFT results, it will take 3-5 days for the report to be finalized. You must report back to your referring physician to get the results. The results will be faxed to your referring provider’s office.

Contact

Contact Us

Neuromuscular Division - Adult

  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-726-3642
  • Fax: 617-726-2019

Hours

  • 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location

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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.

Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center
Charles River Plaza 165
8th Floor, Suite 820
Massachusetts General Hospital
165 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-3644
Fax: 617-726-2019
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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