Welcome to the USF ALS Clinic
The USF Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic in Tampa offers multidisciplinary treatment, supportive care and information to help manage the effects of ALS on patients, their families and caregivers. The ALS Clinic staff includes neurologists, care coordinators, occupational & physical therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, respiratory therapists, social workers, and a research coordinator. Pulmonologists, gastroenterologists and psychiatrists are also available for consultation. These devoted providers are all experienced in the care and treatment of ALS.
Patients, their families and caregivers seen at the ALS Clinic have the opportunity to meet with all members of the ALS care team. The ALS Clinic is held in the Department of Neurology on USF Campus at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center.
Tuan H. Vu, MD
Professor, Department of Neurology
Director, Neuromuscular Division, ALS Clinic & EMG Laboratory
Lara W. Katzin, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Co-Director, ALS Clinic
Neurology Scheduling Line
ALS Clinic Coordinator
ALS Clinic Co-Coordinator
Research Support Specialist
We strive to instill hope and improve the daily lives of our patients, families and caregivers while maintaining dignity, offering support, and providing the highest level of care for these courageous individuals.
The USF ALS Clinic is directed by Tuan Vu, M.D. and co-directed by Lara Katzin, M.D., Dr. Clifton L. Gooch, Neurology Chairman, and Dr. Hera Stephens are also supporting physicians in clinic. The clinic is coordinated by Natalie Tucker and Brittany Golden. We collaborate with several clinical sites in the Tampa Bay area and with other universities around the country to conduct clinical trials for the study of ALS. Our focus is on:
- Improved quality of life
- Pharmacologic therapies
- Palliative care
We closely partner with the ALS Association, Florida Chapter which supports our clinic activities and patients.
The USF ALS Clinic has been funded by a generous donation from the Blume family who has played a pivotal part in generating momentum for the opening of our ALS Clinic in October of 2010. The ALS Clinic still needs ongoing financial support to fund the clinic staff and provide the highest quality of care and assistance we can offer our patients and their families. For information about how you can help support neuromuscular research, please visit the USF Foundation website.
For more information on making a donation to the USF ALS Center please contact:
The USF ALS clinic is now working diligently to become involved with various clinical trials researching treatments for ALS. We work closely with patients as possible trial candidates and strive to provide opportunities for interested patients to participate in research.
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