Expert Team

Cedars-Sinai’s ALS Program brings together physicians, specialists and professionals from different disciplines to give patients the benefit of several perspectives working as one unit.

With a multifaceted and experienced team of specialists by their side, our patients receive world-class care. Cedars-Sinai’s internationally renowned clinicians and researchers are not only dedicated to care, but also discovering new ways to fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.


Many of the physicians who have medical staff privileges to practice medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are independent physicians, and not employees or agents of the hospital. These independent physicians bill separately for their services. You should contact your physician to determine their status and billing practices.


Neuromuscular Disorders Program Team

Robert H. Baloh, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Neurology
Director Neuromuscular Medicine

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Richard A. Lewis, MD

Director Electromyography Laboratory
Professor Neurology

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Ashraf M. Elsayegh, MD

Pulmonary Medicine

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Abirami Muthukumaran, MD

Neurology

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Physical Therapy

Lauren Kaldjian, PT, NCS
Physical Therapist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department


Occupational Therapy

Megan Laib
Occupational Therapist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department


Speech Language Pathology

Julia McCaffrey, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department

Heather Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department

 

Nutrition Counseling

Marie Ahlen, MD, RD
Dietitian, Nutrition Counseling Services

Mary Rose Tadena
Dietitian, Nutrition Counseling Services

Robyn Curran, M.Ed, RD, CSM
Dietitian, Nutrition Counseling Services


Nursing Support

Hope Gruendler, RN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neuromuscular Medicine

 

Administrative Support

Peggy Allred
Research Program Administrator, Neuromuscular Medicine
Program Manager, Neuromuscular Medicine

Tami Kendra-Romito
Clinic and Program Coordinator, Neuromuscular Medicine