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Department of Neurology

Department of Neurology

The UC Davis Neurology Department ranked 21st of all US Departments in NIH funding in 2010.

 

UC Davis received $678.6 million in research awards in 2009-10, ranking 10th among US public universities

 

UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures has the most advanced, academic Good Manufacturing Practice Stem Cell facilities in the nation.

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The Leapfrog Group, which conducts a national, public comparison of hospital quality, safety and efficiency, ranked UC Davis Medical Center as one of the top 45 U.S. hospitals.

 

UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic

OUR EXPERTS

Bjorn Oskarsson M.D.Björn Oskarsson, M.D., ALS Clinic Director.  Board certified in: Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.  Dr. Oskarsson is an ALS neurologist who has conducted neuromuscular research for the last 15 years, with a focus on ALS clinical care and research for the last 7 years.

  Nannette Joyce DO

Nanette Joyce, D.O., ALS Co-Director.  Board Certified in: PM&R and Neuromuscular Medicine.  Dr. Joyce is one of the nation’s few ALS physiatrists. Her extensive involvement in the UC Davis ALS clinic distinguishes it from other California ALS clinics.  Her research interests include developing stem cell therapeutics for patients with neuromuscular disease.

RELATED RESEARCH

CLINIC LOCATION

UC Davis ALS Clinic

UC Davis Medical Center
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 4860 Y Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 734-6304, Fax (916) 734-7838

CONTACTS

  • UC Davis Neurology Clinic            (916) 734-3588
  • Participate in ALS Research         (916) 734-6265
  • UC Davis New Referral Center    800-2-UCDAVIS (282-3284)
  • Give to UC Davis   Your support makes a difference call             (916) 734-9400

CURRENT ALS TRIALS

Michelle Cregan, CRA
(916) 734-6304

Ultrasound in ALS

Mexiletine for the Treatment of Muscle Cramps in ALS

Developing new outcome measures in ALS

Research Registry

Participate!

Lou Gehrig's Disease

Message from the Director

The UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic is run by the UC Davis Department of PM&R and Neurology and it was founded in 2009.  The clinic is part of the UCD MDA clinic since 2013.

Our mission is to provide the best possible care for people living with ALS.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's or motor neuron disease is a neurodegenerative disorder, affecting motor nerves that control muscle function. The loss of motor nerves results in weakness and wasting of muscles through out the body. Today, we can not cure ALS but we can treat it.

Our team consists of experts from several departments. Together, we provide patient-centered compassionate care.

Clinic Director, Assistant Professor              Björn Oskarsson, MD    

Co-Director, Assistant Professor                  Nanette Joyce, DO         

Professor Emeritus, pulmonary                    William Bonekat, DO      

ALS Nurse                                                         Mandy Walker, RN

ALS Clinic Coordinator                                   Michelle Cregan, CRA

ALS Social Worker                                           Holly Bleasdale, LCSW

ALS Psychologist                                             Debra Fishman, PsyD

ALS Physical Therapist                                   Linda Johnson, PT

ALS Occupational Therapist                          Terri Hayward, OT

Senior Medical Speech Pathologist             Matt Osecheck, MA, CCC-SLP

ALS Dietitian                                                     Jennifer Manning, RD, CNSC

ALS Research coordinators                          Michelle Cregan, CRA, Alina Nicorici, BS,

                                                                            Erica Goude, BA, Evan de Bie, BS

The UC Davis Medical Center, a 645-bed teaching hospital, offers excellent inpatient neurology and PM&R services, pulmonology, interventional radiology, ENT, and palliative care/ hospice services. These integrated resources allow us to provide comprehensive care to meet our patient's needs. In addition, we believe the local ALS community provides critical support for our patients and their famiies, and our clinic facilitates these relationships by involving representatives from the regional ALS patient advocacy organizations.  Finally, our patients and their families are a vital part of our team in the  fight against ALS. 

Giving to the UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic

Give online 

If you would like to donate to the UC Davis ALS Clinic, please click on the Giving Tree at left to open the UC Davis Health System secure donations page. Select "Neurology" from the Recipient drop-down menu and enter "ALS" in the "Special instructions" box. 

Testimonials

"The ALS clinic has provided us with incredible care, information and support. Our journey is difficult, but knowing the clinic is there, to help in any way, is assuring and lightens the load."

 Stacey and Patricia Howe, Pollock Pines CA

 "When my father was diagnosed with ALS, our family worked to find a physician specialist that could meet his needs. We chose Dr. Oskarsson at the ALS clinic at UC Davis in Sacramento, and we know we made the right decision. Even though we were at a distance, Dr. Oskarsson kept in contact with my father's care team which was based in our home town, in Chico. He was also available by phone when we needed him. He listened to my father's concerns and concerns of me and my brother. And most importantly, the UC Davis team honored my father's wishes."

 Norae Ferrara, Chico CA

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