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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; botulinum toxin therapy; 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, botulinum toxin administration, and neuromuscular pathology.

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

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 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
Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh
Oakland VA Medical Center

Professional Organization Membership

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

Editorial Service

• Editorial:

Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Diseases
Neurocritical Care, a Journal of Acute and Emergency Care

• Ad Hoc Reviewer:

Muscle and Nerve

Dr. Lacomis

Dr. Lacomis