The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Neuromuscular Disease

Director: Steven Herskovitz, M.D. and Alfred J. Spiro, M.D.

Division Contact Information
Steven Herskovitz M.D. / EMG Lab
Phone: (718) 920-4930
Alfred J. Spiro M.D. / MDA Muscle Disease Clinic
Phone: (718) 405-8140

EMGThe Neuromuscular Division of the Department of Neurology is dedicated to the expert clinical evaluation, care, and research of neuromuscular disorders, and the training of residents and fellows in this field. The last two decades have brought enormous advances in the diagnostic evaluation and management of many of these disorders, as well as an understanding of their molecular genetic basis. We provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient consultative services for adult and pediatric patients with neuromuscular disorders, along with ancillary studies including electrodiagnostic, neuroimaging and neuropathologic testing, through individual practitioners or in our Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Disease Clinic.

Neuromuscular disorders we diagnose and manage:

  • Exam Peripheral neuropathy - acquired and hereditary
  • Entrapment neuropathy - carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and more uncommon entrapments
  • Radiculopathy
  • Plexopathy
  • Nerve injury
  • Disorders of peripheral nerve hyperexcitability
  • Peripheral neurotoxicology
  • Cranial neuropathy - facial palsy, trigeminal neuropathy, others
  • Laryngeal voice disorders - diagnostic laryngeal electromyography (EMG)
  • Motor neuron disorders - spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Kennedy disease, post-polio syndrome
  • Neuromuscular junction disorders - myasthenia gravis, myasthenic syndrome, botulism, congenital myasthenic syndromes
  • Myopathy - dystrophy, metabolic, congenital, mitochondrial, inflammatory, muscle membrane channelopathy, critical illness
  • EMG-guided chemodenervation with botulinum toxin
  • Movement disorders of peripheral origin

Staff and specific clinical/research interests:

Steven Herskovitz M.D. (Director, EMG lab): electromyography, peripheral neuropathies, entrapment neuropathies, peripheral neurotoxicology
Alfred J. Spiro M.D. (Director, MDA Muscle Disease Clinic): neuromuscular disease of infants, children and adults; muscle pathology
Herbert H. Schaumburg M.D. : neurotoxicology; peripheral neuropathies, animal models of distal axonopathy
Michael Swerdlow M.D. : myasthenia gravis, adult general neurology
Phyllis L. Bieri M.D. : electromyography, neuromuscular junction disorders, chemodenervation with botulinum toxin, small fiber neuropathy (skin biopsy), pediatric EMG
Ann E. Hanley M.D. : electromyography, general neurology
Howard L. Geyer M.D., Ph.D. : electromyography, movement disorders, chemodenervation with botulinum toxin
Mark J. Milstein M.D. : electromyography, consultative neurology
Emma Laureta M.D. : pediatric neuromuscular disease, MDA Muscle Disease Clinic
Fabreena Napier M.D. : electromyography
Beth Stein M.D. : neuromuscular disorders, MDA Muscle Disease Clinic, electromyography
Eric Mariuma M.D.: intraoperative monitoring, electromyography
Caroline Badeer M.D. : general neurology, electromyography
Constantine Farmakidis M.D. : General Neurology & Neuromuscular Medicine/EMG

Ancillary staff:

Joe Verghese M.D. : cognitive and gait disorders; aging and the peripheral nervous system
Karen M. Weidenheim M.D. : nerve and muscle pathology
John K. Houton M.D. : neurosurgery, spine service
Patrick Lasala M.D. : neurosurgery, nerve and muscle biops

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