Center for Diaphragm Pacing


Raymond P. Onders, MD

Mary Jo Elmo, CNP, Project Manager
Cindy Kaplan, RN, MSN, Project Coordinator

Please call 216-844-8594 to speak with a registered nurse.
Please call 216-844-5797 to speak with office staff.
For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Conditions Treated
Spinal cord injury/quadriplegia, adult and pediatric
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Unilateral and bilateral diaphragm dysfunction/paralysis associated with limb girdle muscular dystrophy, spinal muscle atrophy, Guillian-Barre, Pompe’s, lupus, Parsonage-Turner syndrome, brachial plexus neuritis, Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere (BVVL) syndrome and idiopathic unilateral or bilateral diaphragm dysfunction
Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome
Diaphragm dysfunction post-rotator cuff surgery, post-lobectomy, post-cardiac bypass and valve replacement
Failure to wean post-lung, -cardiac, -liver and -kidney transplant

Diaphragm pacing surgery
Minimally invasive diaphragm plication
Low-profile PEG placement for ALS patients

Distinguishing Features
Multidisciplinary team includes surgery, neurology, radiology and pulmonology
World leader in diaphragm pacing
More than 100 publications on diaphragm pacing and diaphragm dysfunction
Only center in U.S. implanting for diaphragm dysfunction and pediatric spinal cord injury