The MDA /ALS Center

The Texas Neurology MDA/ALS Center is part of the Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Consortium and is sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease and Motor Neuron Disease. Our center has a long history, and is currently active in several ALS Clinical Research Trials.

Daragh Heitzman, M.D., FAAN

Dr. Heitzman completed his medical degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He finished his neurology training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas from 1990-1993, serving as Chief Resident from 1992-1993. He completed a fellowship in EMG, neuromuscular disease and neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio from 1993-1994.

He currently holds positions at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Heitzman is a Fellow with the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Heitzman practices general neurology, but has particular interests in ALS, peripheral nerve and muscle problems, EMG, dystonia, and the use of botulinum toxin(s). He is director of the ALS / Motor Neuron Disorder Clinic at Texas Neurology sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). He is currently participating in multiple clinical drug trials for neurologic diseases.

Alan W. Martin, M.D.

Dr. Martin is a graduate of Texas A & M University and received his medical degree from Texas A & M College of Medicine. He completed his neurological training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and at Parkland Hospital where he served as Chief Resident in Neurology from 1987 to 1988.

Dr. Martin completed his neuromuscular fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In 1989, he began private practice at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

Dr. Martin is the Clinical Director of the Neuromuscular Center at The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas.

Maria Philip, M.D.

Dr. Philip is a graduate of Texas A&M University and recieved her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She completed her Neurology residency at New York University and Neurophysiology fellowship training at Albert Einstein University in New York. She is involved in clinical research of novel therapies in the treatment of patients with peripheral neuropathy.

She currently practices general neurology, with particular interest in neuromuscular disease including peripheral nerve disorders, muscle disease and neuromuscular junction disorders.

Sheilah Storch, LCSW

Sheilah Storch, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters degree in Social Work. She received a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Rhetoric and Communication Studies at the University of Virginia. She received her Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Sheilah has had over 20 years of experience in medical social work coordinating care for patients at Baylor University Medical Center and Texas Neurology, P.A.