Doctor with ALS Fighting for a Cure, Creates Hummingbird Fund to Promote Awareness

August 16, 2022 by jta6n@virginia.edu

James Plews-Ogan, MD at national mall James Plews-Ogan, MD, a retired faculty in the School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, cared for children with rare diseases throughout a career as a pediatrician that spans 40 years. In December, he was diagnosed with ALS and now he’s taking action to to fight this devastating disease. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurological disease that causes the central nervous system to stop working. Eventually people with ALS lose functions like balance, breathing, movement, swallowing, and talking and there is no cure. Dr. Plews-Ogan and his wife Margaret “Peggy” Plews-Ogan, MD, Brodie Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, created the Hummingbird Fund to promote awareness and generate support for ALS.  Their ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for people with ALS and their caregivers.

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