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Department Faculty

David Lacomis, MD

Professor of Neurology and Pathology
Division of Neuromuscular Diseases
Phone: (412) 647-1706

Specialized Areas of Interest

Neuromuscular diseases; myasthenia gravis; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; muscle diseases; electrodiagnostic testing; EMG; neuromuscular pathology.


David Lacomis, MD, received his medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He received his neurology residency training in the Harvard-Longwood Program where he also served as chief resident. He completed a two-year fellowship in neuromuscular diseases, electromyography, and neuropathology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1993.

Dr. Lacomis specializes in the clinical, electrodiagnostic, and pathologic aspects of neuromuscular diseases. His particular interests include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, inflammatory and critical illness myopathies, and neuromuscular pathology.

He is the director of the neuromuscular division, MDA-ALS Center and MDA Clinic, autonomics testing laboratory, and co-director of the electromyography laboratory. He is assistant director of the clinical neurophysiology training program in charge of the EMG component.

His major research interests are the identification of biomarkers, treatment trials, and end-of-life care in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and in the pathology of inflammatory and critical illness myopathies. He serves as Medical Director of the University of Pittsburgh Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research. He also directs the nerve and muscle pathology service within the neuropathology division.

Dr. Lacomis' publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Muscle and Nerve Pathology by the American Academy of Neurology

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Presbyterian
Magee Women’s Hospital

Professional Organization Membership

American Academy of Neurology
American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
American Neurological Association

Editorial Service

• Editorial:

Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Diseases

• Ad Hoc Reviewer:

Muscle and Nerve

Dr. Lacomis

Dr. Lacomis