Centers of Excellence

Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia Center of Excellence at Beth Israel
ALS Association-Certified Center at Beth Israel
National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence at Beth Israel

Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia Center of Excellence at Beth Israel
The Alan and Barbara Mirken Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel is the nation’s first Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia Center of Excellence. This distinction of excellence is a result of our compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and cutting edge research.

Obtaining a proper diagnosis and finding access to treatment and care has long been missing for people with dystonia, a movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that cause slow repetitive movements or abnormal postures. This multidisciplinary center at Beth Israel is the first of its kind for dystonia. It brings together NYC neurologists, surgeons, psychiatrists, genetic counselors, and others as needed to confer about a patient’s diagnosis and to develop a comprehensive, coordinated treatment plan.

Clinical services include:

  • Medical and/or surgical treatments
  • Speech therapy
  • Physical/occupational therapy
  • Psychiatric care
  • Support groups
  • Movement classes
  • Research studies
  • Genetic testing

In addition to providing top-notch clinical care and support services, the center includes an on-site genetic research component to explore the causes of dystonia, and help move the science forward.

It also features a training program to enable fellows (physicians pursuing advanced, specialized training), to acquire clinical and research skills in the field of dystonia. This process helps to develop the next generation of experts.

For more information:
Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia Center of Excellence at Beth Israel
Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Beth Israel
10 Union Square East
New York, NY 10003
Joan Miravite, NP
(212) 844-6134
jmiravite@chpnet.org

Learn about the Bachman-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation

ALS Association-Certified Center at Beth Israel
The Alan and Barbara Mirken Department of Neurology treats a wide range of neuromuscular disorders (those conditions that affect the nervous system outside the brain and the spinal cord), with special expertise in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (often referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and EMG/nerve conduction studies.

Established in 1996, The ALS Center at Beth Israel Medical Center was the first ALS Association Center in Greater New York. The multidisciplinary center brings together neurologists, nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, and other professionals as needed, to develop a comprehensive, coordinated treatment plan. Geared toward helping patients live more productively and independently, the ALS Center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel provides a comprehensive assessment, diagnostic and follow-up testing, education and individualized treatment for each patient.

The ALS Center at Beth Israel is under the leadership of Stephen N. Scelsa, MD and Daniel MacGowan, MD. Drs. Scelsa and MacGowen are codirectors of the neuromuscular division at Beth Israel. Dr. Scelsa is an associate professor of clinical neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. MacGowan is an assistant professor of neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The ALS Center at Beth Israel is a multidisciplinary team that includes experts in:

  • Neurology
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Nutrition
  • Support Groups
  • Rsearch Studies

A weekly multidisciplinary clinic provides a wide range of complex and coordinated care, providing top-notch clinical and support services, and also supports a wealth of data that allows the department to participate in large, multi-center trials of ALS protocols, drugs and support care. A monthly ALS support group is held for patients, family members, caregivers and friends.

The ALS Center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel is actively involved in ongoing research. We are currently enrolling patients into clinical trials. For more information about the clinical trial, contact Emily Ripps at eripps@chpnet.org.

For more information:
ALS Association-Certified Center at Beth Israel
Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Beth Israel
10 Union Square East
New York, NY 10003
Emily Ripps
(212) 844-6188
ERipps@chpnet.org

Learn about the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter

National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence at Beth Israel

Mount Sinai Beth Israel has been a National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence since 1996 and prides itself on the multidisciplinary, humanistic approach to providing care. The center draws patients from throughout the United States and other countries who are seeking individualized and innovative treatment programs. Beth Israel has been nationally recognized as an expert resource for persons with Parkinson’s disease, their families, health care providers and others in the community. The center conducts the most up-to-date research and provides specialized services, supportive care programs and referral services.

In addition to providing comprehensive, expert clinical care, the center has a robust selection of programmatic offerings for its patients and their family members, including:

  • Patient and caregiver support groups
  • Yoga and tai chi movement classes
  • Genetic counseling
  • On-staff neuropsychiatrist and neuropsychologist, with specialized training in movement disorders
  • Educational and social events

For more information:
National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence at Beth Israel
Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Beth Israel
10 Union Square East
New York, NY 10003
Joan Miravite, NP
(212) 844-6134
jmiravite@chpnet.org

Learn about the National Parkinson Foundation

Contact Us
Mirken Department of
Neurology
Phillips Ambulatory
Care Center
10 Union Square East, Suite 5D
New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 844-8888
Fax: (212) 844-8481