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Center for Neuromuscular Disease

Important Notice

The Center for Neuromuscular Disease is open at this time. We are continuing to care for patients via telemedicine and are accepting new patient referrals. Our office voicemail and fax are actively being monitored during our normal business hours of 8:00 AM– 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Patients who would like to be seen can contact us by phone at 410-328-3100. Please leave a detailed voicemail with your name and phone number and we will return your call promptly.

Physicians who would like to refer a patient to be seen can fax the referral to 410-328-8981. Please include the patients most recent/relevant medical notes, their insurance information, and their demographic information. We will reach out to the patient promptly.

Director

James Russell, MB,ChB, MS

James W. Russell, MB,ChB, MS

The University of Maryland Medical Center's Neuromuscular Program has an active in-patient and out-patient service in clinical neuromuscular disease.

The University of Maryland Medical Center's Neuromuscular Program provides specialty comprehensive-specialist care for patients with ;amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), muscle disease, myasthenia gravis, and peripheral neuropathy.

The Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at UMMS performs numerous detailed and complex nerve conduction, electromyographic and quantitative sensory studies. The Autonomic Laboratory performs evaluations of complex diseases affecting the autonomic nervous system, for example, autonomic neuropathies.

Additional studies are performed at the affiliated laboratories at the Baltimore VA.  Muscle and nerve biopsies are performed in the Neuromuscular Center and processed in the Neuropathology Laboratory and discussed in neuromuscular conferences.  Skin biopsies are performed to determine the presence and type of small fiber neuropathy.

Neuromuscular ultrasound is used for studying neuromuscular diseases.  An Infusion Clinic, provides specialized parenteral therapy for neuromuscular diseases.  Special lecture series include clinical neuromuscular disease, neuromuscular electrophysiology and pathology.

Visit the The University of Maryland Medical Center's Neuromuscular Program to learn more about peripheral neuropathy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, ALS and myasthenia gravis.


Faculty and Staff

Research Staff

  • Joungil Choi, PhD
  • Krish Chandrasekaran, PhD
  • Shreya Vuchula, BS

Support Staff

  • Gregg Davis
  • Victoria Richards, BS
  • Yvonne Pratt, BS

Fellowship Training

Neuromuscular Disease Fellowship
Clinical Neurophysiology EMG/Neuromuscular Track

The University of Maryland School of Medicine offers a one-year, ACGME-approved clinical neurophysiology fellowship for up to three fellows starting in July. Fellows are trained in clinical neuromuscular disorders, performing EMG, EEG, evoked potentials, autonomic electrophysiology, nerve and muscle biopsies, and evaluation of nerve and muscle biopsies. 

For more details, please visit Neuromuscular Fellowship.


Research Interests

  • Molecular studies in peripheral nerve to determine potential treatable targets
  • Immunologic disorders of the neuromuscular junction and peripheral nerve
  • Outcome studies and treatment trials in ALS
  • Rehabilitation in myasthenia gravis
  • Regulation of mitochondrial function in neurobiology of disease
  • Clinical trials for treatment of diabetic neuropathy
  • Immunologic disorders of the neuromuscular junction
  • Molecular studies of skeletal muscle metabolism
  • Neuroinflammation in the peripheral nerve and muscle

Ongoing clinical research studies can be seen at: http://umm.edu/programs/neuropathy/research-and-clinical-trials


Contact Us

Center for Neuromuscular Disease
110 South Paca Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201-1642
(410) 328-3100
Fax: (410) 328-8981