About the division

The Division of Neuromuscular Disorders brings together physicians, scientists, nurses and therapists to develop new technologies and better treatments for people with complex neurological conditions. We offer one of the largest nerve and muscle centers in the United States.

Our board-certified physicians have specialized training in neuromuscular disorders such as muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), peripheral neuropathy and myasthenia gravis. Some of our physicians further subspecialize in even more rare and uncommon neuromuscular disorders such as Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome and Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy.

ElsheikhBakriWelcome from Division Director,
Bakri Elsheikh, MBBS

Welcome to the Division of Neuromuscular Disorders. We worked hard to provide a collegial, cross-disciplinary environment with a patient-centered focus that provides exceptional learning and professional opportunities. Ohio State is home to cutting-edge research that provides a platform for the academic development of residents, fellows and faculty. Both basic translational research and active clinical trials seek to find answers and develop potential solutions for neuromuscular disorders. I encourage you to learn more here and contact our Division to learn more about or research and educational opportunities.

Goals and highlights

Our goal is to provide world-class care and improve the quality of life for our neuromuscular patients, ease their suffering by relieving symptoms, and work toward eventually finding cures for their disorders.

  • Specialized physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapies are designed exclusively for patients with neuromuscular disorders.
  • Ohio State features an inpatient plasmapheresis laboratory.
  • Convenient outpatient infusion service.
  • Our current ongoing gene therapy trials include those for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Centers and specialty clinics

Programs and services

Residency and Fellowship

The Department of Neurology at the Ohio State University has a long history of a dedicated commitment to education. We have world-class faculty and staff, state-of-the-art amenities, and novel technologies, all of which enables trainees to gain experience in the management of complex pathologies and apply innovative and high-quality medical care for a diverse patient population. Learn more about our residency and fellowship programs.

Our Team

Nicole Benameur, MSN, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC

Nicole Benameur, MSN, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC

  • Advanced Practice Provider - Neuromuscular Division
Sarah Heintzman, APRN-CNP

Sarah Heintzman, APRN-CNP

  • Advanced Practice Provider - Neuromuscular Division

Research and clinical trials

Through our world-class neuromuscular disease research center, physicians, scientists and patients have the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research and clinical trials.

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