The Neuromuscular Program at Boston Medical Center provides consultation for inpatients and outpatients as well as a full range of diagnostic testing and electromyographically guided botulinum toxin injection. The expertise of our board certified neurologists encompasses the full range of neuromuscular disorders including peripheral neuropathies (including those secondary to toxic exposures), compression neuropathies, traumatic injury to nerves, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), myasthenia gravis and myopathy.
BMC Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center: Inpatient and outpatient office consultations are provided as well as inpatient and outpatient electrodiagnostic testing and procedures.
Veteran’s Administration Boston Healthcare System (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury): The full range of services is available through the VA system.
Diagnostic Testing and Procedures
The laboratory can accommodate adults, children and infants. The combined laboratories perform over 1800 studies each year. These include:
Routine Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography (EMG)
Single Fiber EMG
Laryngeal EMG for disorders of voice and phonation
Ischemic forearm testing for metabolic diseases of muscle
EMG guided botulinum toxin injection
Education and training are integral parts of the Neuromuscular Service and EMG Laboratory. A clinical neurophysiology conference for residents and medical students is held monthly. Our faculty participates in the education and training of residents and fellows in the performance of EMG and nerve conduction studies. Visitors from throughout the United States and the world come to learn new procedures developed in our laboratory and members of our faculty lecture at national and international meetings.
Our faculty has published extensively on novel EMG and nerve conduction techniques, the development of special electrodes, peripheral neuropathies, myasthenia gravis and ALS.
Patients are typically referred by their primary care physician. Patients are seen for routine evaluations and second opinions. Patient appointments can be made at the following numbers:
- Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center (office visits) – 617-638-8456
- EMG Lab – 617-638-7979
- VA Medical Center (Jamaica Plain) – 617-232-9500 x 4827
BMC Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center:
- Peter Siao, M.D., Director, EMG Laboratory
- Lan Zhou, MD, PhD
- Michelle Kaku, M.D.
- K. H. Vincent Lau, M.D.
VA Medical Center:
- Kian Salajegheh, M.D., Director, Neuromuscular Center and EMG Laboratory
- Manisha Thakore-James, M.D.
- Rose Domingo Horne, M.D.