The Division of Neuromuscular Disease provides evaluation and treatment of the full range of diseases of nerve and muscle, including
- Motor Neuron Disease- (ALS, PLS, PMA, SMA)
- Nerve Root Injury- Radiculopathy
- Nerve Plexus Injury/Disease- Plexopathy
- Peripheral Neuropathy- Diabetic Neuropathy; CIDP, MMN, etc
- Entrapment Neuropathies- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, etc.
- Neuromuscular junction disease- Myasthenia Gravis, LEMS
- Muscle Disease- Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, IBM, and the Muscular Dystrophies
Neuromuscular care is provided by a team of expert physicians with specific training and board certification in this subspecialty area, who offer state of the art care for neuromuscular cases at all levels of complexity. Neuromuscular clinics are available in both South Tampa (at the new USF Center for Advanced Healthcare South, directly across from Tampa General Hospital on Davis Island) and in North Tampa on the main USF campus (off Bruce B. Downs and Fletcher Avenue in the new Morsani Center). These clinical facilities are state of the art and are designed with patient comfort and convenience in mind. In addition to clinical evaluation and management services, we offer special expertise in electromyography and nerve conduction studies (EMG and NCS), an advanced diagnostic technique for nerve and muscle. This complex test is often critical to making an accurate diagnosis, and must be performed at a high level of competence by fully trained and qualified physicians, such as those here at USF, before an accurate diagnosis can be reached. All USF EMG laboratories are directed and staffed by fully qualified neuromuscular physicians on the North and South Campus and in Tampa General Hospital.
- Tuan H. Vu, M.D.
Director, Neuromuscular Division
Director, USF EMG laboratories
Director, USF ALS Clinic
- Rossitza I. Chichkova, M.D., M.S.
- Clifton Gooch, M.D.
- Lara Katzin, M.D.
- Eugeniu Muntean, M.D.
- Hera Stephens, M.D.
- Sharon Usher, BSN, RN, CCRC
The USF ALS Center
The USF 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, a nurse coordinator, occupational & physical therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, respiratory therapists, social workers, and a research assistant. 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.
Learn more about the USF ALS Center
Learn more about the ALS Clinical Trials
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