J. Americo M. Fernandes, MD

J. Americo M. Fernandes, MDHelen Freytag Professor of ALS Research
Professor - Department of Neurological Sciences
Director - Myopathy and Myasthenia Gravis Program
Director - ALS Program and Multidisciplinary Clinic
Division Chief - Neuromuscular Disorders

Chief - Neurology Section, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

Clinical Practice:
Academic Office:
4242 Farnam Street, Suite 650
North Doctor's Tower
Omaha, NE 68131
Phone: 402-559-8600
Fax: 402-559-9510

988435 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-8435
Fax: 402-559-9355


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

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 a 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.

Dr. Fernandes' Active Clinical Research:
HDE Post-Approval Study (PAS) of NeuRx DPSP™ for ALS