Neuromuscular Disease

Welcome to the Neuromuscular Disease Program at UI Health! Our team of multidisciplinary experts provides the highest quality of care for individuals with neuromuscular diseases.

We understand that each patient has unique needs, and our team works collaboratively to develop personalized treatment plans that optimize outcomes for each patient.

Personalized Care

Our program believes that patient care is not just about treating symptoms, but also about providing emotional support and resources for patients and their families. Our team is committed to helping patients navigate the complexities of their conditions and empowering them to take an active role in their treatment.

If you or a loved one is living with a neuromuscular disease, we invite you to learn more about our program and how we can help. Our team is here to provide the expert care and support you need to live your best life.

Our Expertise

Our mission is to provide comprehensive care and support for individuals with neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, muscular dystrophy, Charcot Marie Tooth disease, and myasthenia gravis.

Our specialized clinics for these conditions are staffed by a team of experts who provide the highest quality of care. We offer a wide range of treatment and management options, including physical and occupational therapy, genetic counseling, medication management, and clinical trials for promising new therapies.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic

The MDA clinic brings together a team of medical professionals to provide the most up-to-date care and treatment options for neuromuscular conditions.

ALS Clinic

Our ALS clinic provides specialized treatments and management for the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

CMT Clinic

A specialized clinic treating Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, a group of disorders all characterized by progressive muscle weakness and/ or sensory loss.

Myasthenia Gravis Clinic

Specialized clinic treating that causes fatigable weakness of skeletal muscles.

Our goal is to empower patients to take an active role in their care and provide them with the resources they need to manage their conditions and improve their quality of life. We understand that living with a neuromuscular disease can be challenging, and our clinics are designed to provide a supportive and compassionate environment where patients can receive the care they need.

Our Team of Experts

Our team includes neurologists, physical and occupational therapists, genetic counselors, social workers, and other specialists who work together to provide comprehensive care for our patients. Our team of neuromuscular disease experts are passionate about advancing research and improving outcomes for individuals with neuromuscular diseases.

Dr. Charles Abrams

Charles K. Abrams, MD, PhD

Dr. Charles Abrams is a physician scientist and neuromuscular neurologist at UI Health. Dr. Abrams' clinical practice focuses on delivering the highest level of multidisciplinary care in a single visit to patients with neuromuscular disorders, such as ALS, muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), myasthenia gravis, and other diseases affecting nerves and muscles. His goal is to deliver the highest level of care, including providing patients the most up-to-date treatments for these disorders and maximizing their access to clinical trials, where appropriate. Dr. Abrams is the director of the comprehensive UIC Neuromuscular Center, which is an ALS Association-certified ALS Center of Excellence, Muscular Dystrophy Association-sponsored Clinical Care Center, and Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Association Center of Excellence.

Dr. Diana Mnatsakanova

Diana Mnatsakanova, MD

Dr. Diana Mnatsakanova is a neuromuscular neurologist at UI Health. As part of the multidisciplinary team, Dr. Mnatsakanova provides comprehensive care to patients with conditions including Myasthenia Gravis, ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, Autoimmune Myopathies, CIDP, CMT, neuropathy, and other diseases that affect nerves, muscles, and neuromuscular junctions. As an EMG Lab Director, she also performs electrodiagnostic studies that help evaluate and diagnose diseases affecting muscles, neuromuscular junctions, and nerves.

Request an Appointment

Whether you or a loved one is living with ALS, muscular dystrophy, Charcot Marie Tooth disease, or myasthenia gravis, our clinics are here to help. We invite you to learn more about our services and how we can support you on your journey to better health.

For more information or to request an appointment, call 866.600.2273.

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