Raymond P. Roos, MD

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Marjorie and Robert E. Straus Professor of Neurology Director, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Motor Neuron Disease Clinic

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


I'm Raymond Roos, the Marjorie and Robert E. Professor of Neurological Science in the Department of Neurology. My philosophy of care-- probably, I was influenced by my uncle, who was a GP on Long Island years ago and took care of patients in many aspects, even delivered over 1,000 babies. And so, the idea of being important in the patient in every way is something that I try to carry out. I'm sure not as good as my uncle, but it provides a goal for me, as far as patient care.

In medical school, I found that neuroanatomy, the positioning of different areas of the brain, and the spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves, were something that piqued my interest. And so, I decided to pursue neurology, working in the laboratory and perhaps identifying something that no one had ever thought about or identified before.

Now, this particular identification may not change the world. Nevertheless, it also warms my heart to be responsible for some new knowledge.

Raymond P. Roos, MD, is a board-certified neurologist who is an established expert on neurodegenerative diseases (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and prion diseases (e.g., Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease), multiple sclerosis (MS), inflammatory central nervous system diseases, and neuropathy. He directs the ALS/Motor Neuron Disease clinic.

A basic goal of Dr. Roos' research studies is to use molecular techniques to better understand the pathogenesis of MS and ALS. For instance, in one investigation, he and his colleagues sought to identify genes and gene products critical to the death and survival of motor neurons — especially as related to neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS. The lab uses viruses and transgenic mouse models in order to clarify the mechanisms by which mutant genes kill the target neurons.


Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • State University of New York College of Medicine


  • State University of New York Medical Center


  • Johns Hopkins Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society for Virology
  • American Neurological Association
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Society for Neuroscience
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  • Aetna PPO
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  • Multiplan PPO
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  • United Options (PPO)
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  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1968

Board Certifications

  • Neurology

Languages Spoken

  • English