Neuromuscular Disease Center
Overview & Personnel


  Appointments & Care
  Telephone instructions
Clinical Laboratory
Electrodiagnostic testing
Laboratory testing

Neuromuscular Division
517 South Euclid Avenue
MSC 8111-9-204
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Phone: 314-362-6981
Fax numbers
  General: 314-362-3752
  Clinical laboratory: 314-362-3413
Web site


Our Neuromuscular Group conducts a variety of activities
New Patient Referral Information

  • General information
    • We treat over 2,000 outpatients each year in our Neuromuscular Clinic at Washington University in Saint Louis.
      • Specific adult & childhood disease syndromes we treat include
        • Motor Neuron Disorders
          • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig's Disease)
          • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
        • Muscle Disorders
          • Muscular Dystrophy
          • Mitochondrial & Metabolic myopathies
          • Immune & Inflammatory Myopathies
        • Nerve Disorders: Peripheral neuropathies & Pain
        • Neuromuscular Junction: Myasthenia gravis & Myasthenic syndromes
      • Other patients
        • Most have disorders of: Muscle; Peripheral nerve
        • Some have: Ataxia; Spinal cord disorders
      • Neuromuscular Disorder Physicians: All are specialty trained in neuromuscular disorders
    • Our Neuromuscular Clinic
      • Is supported, in part, by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
      • Is a designated ALS clinic.
      • Works closely with ALS Association (ALSA) staff
      • Has additional subspecialty care, available after initial visits to our clinic, for
        • Inclusion body myositis
        • Muscular dystrophy
        • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
        • Multidisciplinary care of adults and children with neuromuscular disorders
        • Amyloid disorders
        • Neuromuscular disease research
    • A full range of available services includes
      • Medical Diagnostic & Treatment
      • Physical & Occupational therapy
      • Respiratory care
      • Nutritional, Swallowing & Speech services
      • Cardiac evaluation
      • Orthotics
      • Social work
      • Medical & Rehabilitation supplies
      • Wheelchair evaluation.
      • Ultrasound: Neuromuscular
      • Electrodiagnostics: Neuromuscular
      • Pathology: Muscle, Nerve & Skin
      • Autoantibody testing: Neuromuscular
      • Clinical Research: Testing & Evaluation
      • Genetics: Neuromuscular
      • Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) services
        • For all covered MDA-related disorders
        • The MDA is the only ALS service organization in Saint Louis committed
            to provide all their services for all ALS patients and families

  • Clinic Appointments: New Patient
    • Please send or fax medical records to
        Neuromuscular Disease Center
        Box 8111-Neurology
        660 South Euclid Avenue
        Saint Louis, MO 63110
        Fax new patient records to: 314-747-4629
        General fax #: 314-362-3752
    • It is very helpful if the records include
      • A diagnosis or reason for referral
      • A recent history and physical examination by a neurologist
      • Insurance information
      • The name and address of referring physician(s) to whom we can send our reports
    • After two weeks, if necessary, call 314-362-6981 to discuss the status of your appointment
    • Patient appointments & Other information: Call 314-362-6981
      • New patients: Option 11
      • Appointments (Schedule, Cancel or Confirm): Option 12
      • Medication refill or Pharmacy: Option 13
      • General information: Option 14
      • Clinical research studies: Option 15
      • Talk to a representative, or Urgent referral: Option 20
    • Medical emergency: 314-388-6138

  • Telephone Instructions

  • Clinic visits: Patients should come to
    • The Center for Advanced Medicine (Forest Park & Euclid), 6th floor
    • Parking: North garage on Euclid Ave
    • Maps

  • Clinic appointments: Other
    • Electrodiagnostic (EMG & Nerve conduction testing): 314-362-3324
    • Inpatient neuromuscular consultations: Call 314-362-6981, option 20

HELP: Contact information

  • Our active electrodiagnostic service (314-362-3324) studies 2,500 patients per year.
  • Available tests include
    • Electromyography
    • Nerve conduction studies
    • Repetitive nerve stimulation
    • Single fiber EMG
    • Quantitative sensory evaluation
    • Autonomic testing
    • Ultrasound: Nerve & Muscle
  • More information: See WUP website

Gowers' sign


  Chris Weihl (Director, Neuromuscular Section)
  Muhammad Al-Lozi (Director, Electrodiagnostics)
  Craig Zaidman (Director, Pediatric NM): Web Site
  Robert Bucelli
  Andrew Findlay
  Stefanie Geisler
  Renatta Knox
  Cindy Ly
  Tim Miller: Web Site, ALS Center
  Alan Pestronk
  Sean Smith
  R Brian Sommerville
  Arun Varadhachary
  Year 1: Charles Roach, Erin Langton, Matthew Baer
  Joshua Newman, Manouela Valtcheva
  Year 2: Osamah Alnasser
Nurse Practitioners
  Natalie Goedeker
  Rebecca Hopfinger
  Amber Malcolm
NM Laboratory staff: Ruma Banerjee, Julia Sim
    Robyn Reese, Holly Chapman, Gary Mueller
    Lori Worley, Karl Hock, Dongmei Jia
    Eunju Kim, Kristina Schwab, David Maciak
    Tina Chisholm, Becky Plant, Darcy Mahoney
Trials group: Whitney Roper,
  Oliver Doerr, Jennifer Koniak

MDA Telethon: September 2010

  Neuromuscular Group
  Former Neuromuscular Fellows


Conferences and Teaching include
  • Clinic patient review (weekly)
  • Clinical rounds (4 times weekly);
  • Electrodiagnostic
    • Clinical conference (Al-Lozi; weekly)
    • Basic EMG & Nerve conduction conference (Al-Lozi et al.; weekly)
    • Electrophysiology teaching conference (weekly)
  • Muscle and Nerve biopsy
    • Reading (weekly; Saturday mornings)
    • Teaching & Unknowns (weekly; Wednesday 3:00 pm)
  • Neuromuscular Journal Club (weekly; Friday 12:15 pm),
  • Laboratory meetings (Pestronk; weekly); (Basic group; 2x/month)

Fellowships in neuromuscular diseases, electrodiagnosis and research are provided.

Guidelines for Autoantibody Testing:
Motor Syndromes
Anti-Sulfatide Antibodies
Anti-MAG Antibodies

The staff of the neuromuscular division also has a sense of humor.

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