Richard S. Bedlack, Jr., MD, PhD


Durham, North Carolina, USA

Richard S. Bedlack, MD, PhD, MS, leads a team of 75 international experts in investigating alternative and off-label treatments that target people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Dr Bedlack founded an organization, ALS Untangled, which has conducted a number of in-depth investigations and systematic reviews of such treatments.

Earning his MD and PhD at the University of Connecticut, and his MS in the Duke Clinical Research Training Program, Dr Bedlack presently engages in epidemiological, basic and clinical research on ALS. He is associate professor of neurology at Duke University and director of that University’s ALS clinic, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world. For four years in a row, he has won the distinction of one of America's Best Doctors, an award given to the top 5% physicians in the country. In 2009 he was selected National Patient Advocate of the Year by the American Academy of Neurology.

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Other Selected Publications:

  • “Compassionate use of stem cells for ALS: popovers and hot air,” Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 2011 Sep; 12(5):313-314. [DOI]
  • “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: current practice and future treatments,” Current Opinion in Neurology, 2010 Oct; 23(5):524-529. [DOI]
  • “Lyme disease serology in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis” (with M Qureshi & ME Cudkowicz), Muscle & Nerve, 2009 Oct; 40(4):626-628. [DOI]
  • Why isn’t ‘Alice’ in ‘Wonderland,’ and can we help her find it?” American Academy of Neurology, 64th Annual Meeting, 2009 Mar 26.
  • “Scrutinizing enrollment in ALS clinical trials: room for improvement?” (with DM Pastula, E Welsh, D Pulley & ME Cudkowicz), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 2008 Oct; 9(5):257-265. [DOI]


Selected Awards:

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  • America's Best Doctors Award (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • “Strength, Hope and Caring” Award (Duke University, 2009)
  • AAN Viste Award as National Patient Advocate of the Year (2009)
  • Triangle Health Care Hero Award for Innovative Care (Duke ALS Clinic, 2008)
  • Duke Master Clinician/Teacher Award Finalist (2008, 2009)
  • Leonard Palumbo Duke Faculty Achievement Award Finalist (2008, 2009)
  • Palatucci Fellowship Winner (AAN, 2008)
  • Eun-Kyu Lee Award for Best Teacher of Clinical Neurology (Duke University, 2004)
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award Finalist (Duke Medical School, 2005, 2007)

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