Stephen Scelsa

Stephen Scelsa, MD

  • PROFESSOR | Neurology



Research Topic:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

I am a neurologist and neuromuscular specialist with expertise in Neuromuscular Diseases, Electromyography, Polyneuropathies, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) clinical care and trials. I am the Director of the Neuromuscular Division at Beth Israel Medical Center since 1997. I am the co-founder and Director of the Beth Israel Medical Center/ALS Association NY Chapter ALS Center which was created in 1997. Since 2003, the center has gained national recognition for participation in ALS clinical trials. I have access to a large population of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. We follow 130 patients at any given time. I am an active member of NEALS, the North Eastern ALS Consortium. I have a strong interest in conducting clinical trials in Neurology. At Beth Israel we conducted an investigator initiated phase1/2 trial of indinavir in ALS, in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. I was the principle investigator. Our center has also conducted a controlled study of reverse transcriptase detection in the serum and CSF of HIV negative, sporadic ALS patients. I received 4 NIH consortium grants for clinical trials in ALS patients. We have collaborated with Mass General and the Mayo Clinic as well. My experience and expertise in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis research will allow me to contribute to the successful execution of clinical trials in this center. Our research goal is to find more effective disease modifying drugs to treat ALS.

I have a large practice experience with entrapment neuropathies, spine diseases of the nervous system, polyneuropathies, myasthenia gravis and ALS. I am well known nationally for my skills as an electromyographer. I also have expertise in stimulation single fiber EMG used in the diagnosis of myasthenia gravis.

I was a Professor of Clinical Neurology at Albert Einstein college of Medicine , Bronx, NY 2012-2014 and Professor of Neurology at the Icahn Scholl of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1/1/2014. I have authored numerous scientific publications and the text book “Herskovitz, S., Scelsa S.N., Schaumburg H.H.: Peripheral Neuropathies in Clinical Practice. Oxford University Press, New York, Jan 2010.” I am a reviewer for Neurology, Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation, and Muscle and Nerve journals. I have twice received the best teacher award for the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Neurology residency, and was nominated to Best Doctors in America several years since 2005

Curriculum Vitae


Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Clinical Focus

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diplopia
  • Dysarthria
  • Electrodiagnostic Testing (EMG/NCS)
  • Electromyography (EMG)


MD, S.U.N.Y., Health Science Center

Internship, Internal Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

Residency, Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Fellowship, Neuromuscular, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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