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For Professionals

The Les Turner ALS Foundation has been providing healthcare for people with ALS since 1986 when the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine was opened on the campus in Chicago, Illinois.

The current multidisciplinary staff includes five neurologists, two pulmonologists, three nurses, an occupational therapist, speech pathologist, dietician, genetic counselor, respiratory therapist, drug study research coordinator and medical assistant.  The Clinic staff is complemented by the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s Home and Community Services Team, comprised of six Patient and Family Advocates (four Nurses and two Social Workers).

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Lisa Wolfe, MD, a Pulmonary, Sleep and Critical Care Specialist, gave a presentation on respiratory care at the ALS/MND Nursing Mini-Symposium on December 10, 2010 in Orlando. Please click here to listen to and view her presentation. Dr. Wolfe is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care at Northwestern Medicine, and a Pulmonary Consultant for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic.

The ALS Practice Parameters provide the best and most up-to-date information on care and treatment of ALS patients.

Our Informative Links page provides a wealth of helpful sites for you to browse or share with your patients.

Our ALS Resource Guide is a downloadable manual that provides information and resources for ALS patients, family members, caregivers and health professionals. It was assembled by the staff of the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at Northwestern in Chicago and members of the Home and Community Services Team.

Our Home and Community Services Team offers in-services for home health agencies, hospices, case management groups, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Please contact Judy RIchman at for more information.


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Home & Community Services

Home & Community Services Team

The Foundation’s Home and Community Services — which include telephone and in-person support, educational resources and patient and family advocates — are available at no cost to ALS patients and their families in the Chicagoland area and portions of northwest Indiana.

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Lois Insolia ALS Clinic

Lois Insolia ALS Clinic

At the multidisciplinary ALS clinic, trained specialists use a team approach to provide comprehensive treatment. They are dedicated to the total care and support of people with ALS, their families and caregivers. During a visit, patients meet with several members of the team, and each provides input regarding assessment, care planning, education and other health care needs.

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National ALS Registry

National ALS Registry

The Les Turner ALS Foundation is a partner with the National ALS Registry, a program to collect, manage and analyze data about people with ALS and to provide clinical trial information to people living with ALS. It is important to include as many people with the disease as possible to get the most accurate information. Be part of changing the future of ALS.

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