Neuromuscular Diseases

Treatment Sites & Programs

The Division of Neuromuscular Disease provides inpatient and outpatient care, nerve conduction studies, electromyography and autonomic testing at University of Washington Medical Center. Outpatient care, including the subspecialty clinics, occurs in the neurology clinic and medical center. Dr. Distad also performs EMG studies at Harborview Medical Center. Drs. Weiss, Wang, and Distad also perform skin biopsies as part of the evaluation for painful neuropathies and coordinate muscle and nerve biopsies when appropriate with physicians from both neurosurgery and neuropathology.

Division members provide clinical services in the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis multidisciplinary clinic.

Physiatrists, pulmonary medicine specialists, respiratory therapists, speech pathologists, and a dietitian also staff the multidisciplinary clinic. Physical and occupational therapists, and a social worker work in conjunction with the clinic. For these patients, the clinic offers the coordination of many types of care in one location, and in some cases, during the same visit. The ALS multidisciplinary clinic has been designated an MDA-ALS Center by the Muscular Dystrophy Association in recognition for excellence in clinical and research services. MDA support staff are available at the clinic to answer questions. The Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic is held on the first two Wednesdays of each month in the University of Washington Medical Center on the 8th floor.