J. Americo M. Fernandes, MD

Dr. J. Americo M. Fernandes

Helen Freytag Associate Professor of ALS Research
Associate Professor - Department of Neurological Sciences
Director – Myopathy and Myasthenia Gravis Program
Director – ALS Program and Multidisciplinary Program
Chief, Neurology Section, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

Academic Office:  Clinic Practice Location: 
988435 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-8435
Phone: 402-559-4086
Fax: 402-559-9355
4242 Farnam Street, Suite 650
North Doctor's Tower
Omaha, NE 68131
Phone: 402-559-8600  

Administrative Assistant:  Jami Keating 402-559-4086

Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, M.D. (1991)
Internal Medicine, Hospital do Servidor Publico Estadual, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Resident (1993-1994)
Neurology, Hospital do Servidor Publico Estadual, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Resident (1994-1996)
Electromyography (EMG), Hospital do Servidor Publico Estadual, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Resident (1996-1997)
Internal Medicine Internship, University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University, (1999-2000)
Neurology, University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University, Resident (2000-2003)
Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG), University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University, Fellowship (2003-2004)
Neuromuscular Disorders, Washington University in St. Louis, Fellowship (2004-2006)

Hospital Appointments:
University of Nebraska Medical Center
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

Interests: ALS, Motor Neuron Disease, Myopathy, Muscular Dystrophies, Inflammatory Myopathies, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuromuscular Junction Disorders, Peripheral Neuropathy, and Electromyography

Biographical Sketch:
Dr. J. Americo M. Fernandes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences joining our staff in July of 2006. He is the chief of the neurology section at the Omaha VA medical center. He received his Medical Degree from Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He completed a neurology residency and EMG training in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He completed his Neurology Residency at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland. Two fellowships were completed; the first in Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG) at Case Western Reserve University and the second in Neuromuscular Disorders at Washington University in Saint Louis. Dr. Fernandes is the director of the UNMC ALS multidisciplinary clinic and co-director of the UNMC muscular dystrophy clinic. Dr. Fernandes evaluates patients with neuromuscular disorders including ALS, motor neuron disease, muscular dystrophy, myopathies, myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular junction disorders, peripheral neuropathies. He is working on enhancing neuromuscular research at UNMC.

Dr. Fernandes is board certified in Neurology and Neuromuscular Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG) by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, The American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Medical Association, the Northeast ALS consortium (NEALS), the Western ALS study group (WALS), and the ALS research group.

Selected Publication:

  1. Fernandes Filho JA, Shapiro BE. Tay-Sachs disease. Seminal Citation. Arch Neurol 2004; 61:1466-1468.
  2. Fernandes Filho JA, Nathan BM, Palmert MR, Katirji B. Diabetic amyotrophy in an adolescent responsive to intravenous immunoglobulin. Muscle and Nerve 2005;32:818-820.
  3. Al-Shekhlee A, Fernandes Filho JA, Sukul D, Preston DC. Optimal recording electrode placement in the lumbrical-interossei comparison Study. Muscle and Nerve 2006; 33: 289-293.
  4. Shapiro BE, Hatters-Friedman S, Fernandes Filho JA, Anthony K, Natowicz MR. Late-onset Tay-Sachs disease: adverse effects of medications and implications for treatment. Neurology 2006; 67: 875-877.
  5. Wolfe T, Ubogu EE, Fernandes-Filho JA, ziadat OO. Predictors of clinical outcome and mortality in vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia diagnosed by magnetic resonance angiography. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2008 Nov-Dec; 17(6): 388-93.
  6. Fernandes Filho JA,Pestronk A. Muscle pain and cramps. In: Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Neurology in clinical practice-5th Ed 2008: 385-391.
  7. Fernandes Filho JA,Suarez JI. Neurocritical care of Myasthenia Gravis Crisis. In: Kaminski H, ed. Myasthenia Gravis and related disorders. Totowa, Humana Press, 2009; 175-183.
  8. Lopate G, Baloh RH, Al-Lozi M, Miller TM, Fernandes Filho JA, Leston A, Ni O, Florence J, Schierbecker J, Allred P. Familial ALS with extreme phenotypic variability due to the I113T SOD1 mutation. Amyotroph Lateral Scler. 2010; 11(1-2): 232-6.
  9. Salem B, Thaisetthawatkul P, Fernandes JA, McComb RD. Adult-Onset Acid Maltase Deficiency with Isolated Axial Muscle Involvement. J Clin Neuromusc Disor 2010; 12(1): 30-35.
  10. Harms M, Alred P, Gardner R, Fernandes-Filho J, Florance J, Pestronk A, Al-Lozi M, and Baloh R. Dominant Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Lower Extremity Predominance: Linkage to 14q32. Neurology 2010;75(6): 539-546.
  11. Antony Arun, Fernandes Filho J. Americo, Bertoni John. Novel Mutation in NEFL Gene in a Patient with Axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. Neurology 2011, 76 (suppl 4); A221.
  12. Fernandes Filho J Americo, McComb Rodney D., Ansari Sharique, Spuler Simone, Moore Steven A. Dysferlinopathy with Distal Myopathy and Intramuscular Amyloid Deposition. Neurology 2011, 76 (suppl 4); A527.
  13. Thaisetthawatkul Pariwat, Fernandes Filho J. Americo, Herrman David. Utility of Diagnostic Test in Small Fiber Neuropathy: Proposal of New Diagnostic Criteria. Neurology 2011, 76 (suppl 4): A109.
  14. Thaisetthawatkul P, Fernandes-Filho JA, Herrman D.  Autonomic evaluation is independent of somatic evaluation for small fiber neuropathy: correlation between different diagnostic tests. 65th Annual American Academy of Neurology Meeting, March 16-23, 2013.  San Diego, California. Neurology February 14, 201380:S26.002

  15. Wang Y, Moore D, Katz J, Saperstein D, Walk D, Simpson E, Genge A, Bertorini T, Fernandes J, Swenson A, Elman L, Swerdlow R, Dimachkie MM, Mcvey A, Herbelin L, Macchi Z, Barohn RJ. A Multicenter Screening Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of Rasagiline in People with ALS. 65th Annual American Academy of Neurology Meeting, March 16-23, 2013.  San Diego, California.  Neurology February 14, 201380:S36.006

  16. Z Macchi, Y Wang, D Moore, A Dick, M Dimachkie, J Katz, D Saperstein, T Levine, D Walk, E Simpson, A Genge, T Bertorini, J Fernandes, AJ Swenson, L Elman, C Jackson, J Lu, L Herbelin, RJ Barohn. P311 Possible Mitochondrial Target Engagement in an Open-Label Trial of Rasagiline FOR ALS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 2013; 14(Suppl. 2): 230

  17. Channaiah Srikanth-Mysore, John Bertoni, Pariwat Thaisetthawatkul, Matthew White,Jose Americo Fernandes-Filho. West Nile Virus Encephalomyelityis Simulating Brain Death. 66th Annual American Academy of Neurology Meeting, April  26-May 3rd, 2014.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.P06.106

  18.  Thaisetthawatkul P, Fernandes Filho JA, Herrmann DN. Contribution of QSART to the Diagnosis of Small Fiber Neuropathy.Muscle Nerve. 2013 Dec;48(6):883-8. doi: 10.1002/mus.23891. Epub 2013 Oct 4.

  19.  Mitsumoto H , Factor-Litvak P, Andrews H , Goetz  RR., Andrews  L , Rabkin J , McElhiney M, Nieves J , Santella RM , Nagy PL , Murphy  J , Hupf J , Singleton J , Merle D , Kilty M , Heitzman D , Bedlack R , Katz J, Forshew DA , Barohn RJ, McVey A, Dimachkie M, Sorenson EJ, Oskarsson B, Fernandes Filho J Am , Kasarkie E , Lomenhoerth C , Mozaffar T , Rollins YD, Nations SP, Swenson A J , Shefner JM , Andrews JA , Koczon-Jaremko A , ALS COSMOS Study Group.  ALS Multicenter Cohort Study of Oxidative Stress (ALS COSMOS): The Study Methodology, Recruitment, and Baseline Demographics and Disease Characteristics. Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener. 2014 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print]