ALS and Neuromuscular Disorders Team

Our team includes Dr. Chafic Karam (left) and researcher Diana Dimitrova, Ph.D.
Our team includes Dr. Chafic Karam (left) and researcher Diana Dimitrova, Ph.D.

The ALS and Neuromuscular Team at the OHSU Brain Institute is made up of expert providers, researchers and other professionals. You’ll find:

  • Health care professionals who trained at some of the nation’s top medical centers.
  • Doctors who all completed fellowships (advanced training) and who are board-certified in neurology and neuromuscular diseases.
  • A focus on teamwork and compassionate care, earning ALS Association certification as a Treatment Center of Excellence.
  • One of only five Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association Centers of Excellence in the Western U.S., recognized for our expert team-based care and research focus.
  • A strong commitment to research, with innovative approaches to improve your quality of life.
  • Rehabilitation specialists with expertise in neurologic disorders.


Occupational therapist

Marisa Palandri, OT

Physical therapist

Speech and swallowing therapists

Social worker

Additional team members

  • ALS nurse coordinator: Yvel Maspinas, RN
  • Respiratory therapists: Kira Lordos and Brad Harford
  • Orthotist: Marcus Cassar, CPO, Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, 503-243-1974

Organization representatives

Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA in Oregon
Cindy Bishop

ALS Association

Oregon and SW Washington Chapter

For patients

  • Referral: To become a patient, please ask your doctor for a referral.
  • Nerve Center referrals: You may also be referred to us by the OHSU Nerve Center, where specialists direct patients to the team best able to treat them.
  • Questions: For questions or follow-up appointments, call 503-494-5236.


Parking is free for patients and their visitors.

OHSU ALS and Neuromuscular Disease Center
Center for Health & Healing Building 1, eighth floor
3303 S. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239

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