David Lacomis, MD

  • Professor of Neurology and Pathology
  • Chief, Division of Neuromuscular Diseases

Dr. Lacomis is a Professor of Neurology and Pathology as well as Chief, Division of Neuromuscular Diseases. In addition to directing the MDA-ALS Center and multidisciplinary clinic, he is the Director of Clinical Research for the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research. He also co-directs the electromyography laboratory, and is in charge of the muscle and nerve pathology service. Dr. Lacomis has been named annually among the “Top Doctors” by Pittsburgh magazine, and in both “Best Doctors” and “America’s Top Doctors” nationally. He lectures extensively and is a contributing author for numerous medical journals and books regarding his major clinical interests of ALS, myasthenia gravis, and muscle diseases. Dr. Lacomis has been a site Principal Investigator (PI) in numerous clinical drug trials in ALS, biomarker studies, DNA banking, and diaphragm pacing. He has been a coinvestigator in ALS research regarding environmental toxins, noninvasive ventilation, high field MR imaging, and caregiver burden. With Drs. Donnelly, Carlisle and Friedlander, he is helping to generate motor neurons from skin stem cells of ALS patients. He teaches and mentors clinical fellows, medical students and house staff from Neurology and Pathology. Dr. Lacomis is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Diseases and two scientific advisory committees as well as the Northeastern ALS Consortium