ALS Clinics and Centers

ALS United Greater Chicago collaborates with some of the best ALS physicians and clinics across Illinois to help ensure that people living with ALS have access to specialized care, based on best practices. ALS United Greater Chicago's Clinics and Centers provide compassionate care in a supportive, family-oriented atmosphere.

Our multidisciplinary care model brings together a team of health care professionals specially trained to address the needs of people living with ALS, allowing them to receive care from each discipline during a single visit. The care team typically includes a neurologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, nurse, dietitian, speech-language pathologist, social worker, mental health professional, and an ALS United Greater Chicago liaison.

The University of Chicago Medical Center ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic was established in 2009.

"We are thankful to ALS United Greater Chicago for their support and guidance, which enabled us to build an ALS Multidisciplinary clinic at the University of Chicago. This year the clinic expanded from meeting twice a month to meet three or four times a month. Our ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic provides a holistic approach to the patient that facilitates the ease with which patients can receive care and enhances patient safety and quality of life.”

-Dr. Raymond Roos, Clinic Director

In 2007, we began a partnership with the University of Illinois Health & Sciences Systems to create a monthly ALS Clinic, which is now under the direction of Dr. Charles Abrams, Clinic Director.

"We feel privileged to have the opportunity to care for patients with ALS in our ALS United Greater Chicago Clinic. We strive to provide the highest level of multidisciplinary care and support for all patients with ALS and their families.”

-Dr. Charles Abrams, Clinic Director

Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital

The Hines V.A. ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic was established in 2016 under the direction of Dr. David Kvarnberg. Audrey Scafidi, LPN, Care Service Coordinator, represents the Greater Chicago Chapter at the alternating bi-monthly clinics and the V.A. staff lead bi-monthly support groups to provide follow-up support.

“The Hines VA ALS clinic care team and ALS United Greater Chicago have worked well together for several years to bring the best possible comprehensive care to veterans with ALS. ALS United Greater Chicago assists with referrals into the VA system for expedient access to care and benefits. They also provide ongoing care to veterans with a community-based support system and resources that complement the care they receive from the VA.  I look forward to continued future collaboration with ALS United Greater Chicago in assisting to bring the best possible care to the veterans!”

 -Dr. David Kvarnberg, Clinic Director

Endeavor Health Neuroscience Institute

NorthShore University HealthSystem, is the first multi-disciplinary clinic experience for patients and families in the northern Chicago Suburbs, coming together with ALS United Greater Chicago in 2016.

"My primary goal for the NorthShore ALS clinic is to continue to provide exceptional care for this devastating and incurable disease. Of course, easing patient, family, and caregiver burden and fears regarding the many complications of ALS will always be part of this mission."

 -Dr. Richard Wlodarski, ALS Clinic Director

Rush University Medical Center

ALS United Greater Chicago began a partnership with Rush University and developed the ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic in 2015. Under the direction of Dr. Madhu Soni, this clinic has an exceptional multidisciplinary team of specially trained healthcare professionals who address the many different needs of ALS patients during a single half-day visit.

“We appreciate the support from ALS United Greater Chicago in helping us to establish a comprehensive ALS Clinic at Rush University Medical Center. We look forward to the future growth of our clinic and we are excited to partner with the Chapter in helping our patients battle ALS."

  -Dr. Madhu Soni and Dr. Ryan Jacobson 

OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute

ALS United Greater Chicago works in collaboration with the Illinois Neurological ALS Multi-Disciplinary Clinic to support the patients and families of Central Illinois.

The INI team is led by Dr. Christopher M. Zallek, and is conveniently located in Peoria, Illinois.