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Helping patients and families navigate ALSCenter for ALS Specialty Care

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Patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) face unique challenges that are best addressed by a multi-specialty clinic. With a diverse range of expertise, the Center for ALS Specialty Care helps patients and families navigate the various aspects of this difficult disease.

Multi-Specialty ALS Care

Studies show that care in a multi-specialty ALS clinic improves both longevity and quality of life. Each of our team members offers unique expertise to guide patients through this disease.
  • Neurological Care

    Our neurologists optimize nerve health with targeted therapies and cutting-edge clinical trial opportunities.

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  • Pulmonary Care

    Our pulmonologists have dedicated ALS expertise to maximize patients’ lung function.

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  • Speech-Language Pathology

    Our speech-language pathologists use strategies to promote swallowing function and maintain communication.

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  • Physical Therapy

    Our physical therapists promote mobility and safety with ALS-specific interventions.

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  • Occupational Therapy

    Our occupational therapists help patients navigate activities of daily living by anticipating future needs.

    Illustrated therapist helping a patient up from a chair
  • Palliative Care

    Our neuropalliative care specialists focus on improving and protecting patients’ quality of life.

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With telemedicine, Dr. Maragakis can have a presence in my home without me physically having to go to see him. That's a huge energy savings, especially for a patient with ALS."

- David, a patient of the Center for ALS Specialty Care. Hear from David and learn more about telemedicine.

Our ALS Care Team

  • Nicholas J. Maragakis, M.D.

    Medical Director

    Nicholas Maragakis
  • JinAe Arneklev, M.S.N., C.R.N.P.

    Nurse Practitioner

    JinAe Arneklev
  • Ambereen Mehta, M.D., M.P.H.

    Palliative Care Physician

    Ambereen Mehta
  • Noah Lechtzin
  • Sarah Berth, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Neurology

    Sarah Berth
  • Hannah Smith, PT, DPT, NCS

    Physical Therapist

    Hannah Smith
  • Michelle Gosnell, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist

    Michelle Gosnell
  • Kelsey Golding

    Assistive Technology Specialist, ALS Association

  • Nicole Haynes, OTR/L

    Care Services Coordinator, ALS Association

  • Betsy Mosmiller

    Senior Research Program Manager

    Betsy Mosmiller
  • Amy Tesch

    Research Program Coordinator

    Amy Tesch

Other Specialists

The Center for ALS Specialty Care works with other specialists across Johns Hopkins to address patients' specific medical needs.

About Our Center

The Center for ALS Specialty Care is sponsored by the ALS Association, a nonprofit organization that supports ALS research, services and programs around the world.


Make a Gift

Your donation helps us continue our legacy of ALS discovery and care. You can make a gift through our online form. To do so, designate your gift to the Center for ALS Specialty Care.

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