Clinical Neuroimmunology Fellowship

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at UMASS Memorial Health Center 

Patients are seen in the MS Clinic for diagnosis, second opinions and ongoing treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Our goal is to provide comprehensive, compassionate care using the best available treatments. We are also committed to teaching patients and doctors about MS and developing and testing new treatments to help MS patients. 
The UMMHC Multiple Sclerosis Clinic is affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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Fellows will receive intensive clinical training in the following areas:

1) Differential diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and related disorders 
2) Prophylactic agents for relapsing-remitting MS 
3) Treatment of progressive or aggressive MS, including the use of chemotherapeutic agents and monoclonal antibodies
4) Interpretation of MRI and other imaging techniques of relevance to MS
5) Symptomatic treatments for management of pain, spasticity, fatigue, bowel- or bladder- dysfunction
6) Rehabilitation of chronic neurologic illness

Fellows will also have the opportunity to receive additional clinical training in subspecialties of particular relevance to Multiple Sclerosis, such as Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-rehabilitation, and Rheumatology. 

A major focus of the fellowship will be the design and implementation of clinical trials. We are currently participating in a number of multicenter clinical trials as well as our own investigator-initiated clinical studies.

In addition to clinical training and direct research experience, fellows will take graduate classes in basic immunology, epidemiology or clinical trial design. Two-year fellows will have the option to take more course work and may undertake a Master’s in Public Health degree program. Fellows with graduate-level training in immunology or epidemiology will not be required to repeat these classes as part of the fellowship. 
UMass Memorial Multiple Sclerosis Center

Additional Support Services:

Physical Therapy 
Occupational Therapy
Bracing Services 

Research

The UMMHC MS center is a regional center for many investigational drug trials and is also involved in a variety of studies regarding MS epidemiology and outcome measures.


Our Staff

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at UMASS Memorial Health Center Patients are seen in the MS Clinic for diagnosis, second opinions and ongoing treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Our goal is to provide comprehensive, compassionate care using the best available treatments. We are also committed to teaching patients and doctors about MS and developing and testing new treatments to help MS patients. The UMMHC Multiple Sclerosis Clinic is affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.Fellows will receive intensive clinical training in the following areas:1) Differential diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and related disorders 2) Prophylactic agents for relapsing-remitting MS 3) Treatment of progressive or aggressive MS, including the use of chemotherapeutic agents and monoclonal antibodies4) Interpretation of MRI and other imaging techniques of relevance to MS5) Symptomatic treatments for management of pain, spasticity, fatigue, bowel- or bladder- dysfunction6) Rehabilitation of chronic neurologic illnessFellows will also have the opportunity to receive additional clinical training in subspecialties of particular relevance to Multiple Sclerosis, such as Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-rehabilitation, and Rheumatology. A major focus of the fellowship will be the design and implementation of clinical trials. We are currently participating in a number of multicenter clinical trials as well as our own investigator-initiated clinical studies.In addition to clinical training and direct research experience, fellows will take graduate classes in basic immunology, epidemiology or clinical trial design. Two-year fellows will have the option to take more course work and may undertake a Master’s in Public Health degree program. Fellows with graduate-level training in immunology or epidemiology will not be required to repeat these classes as part of the fellowship. Physical Therapy Occupational TherapyBracing Services ResearchThe UMMHC MS center is a regional center for many investigational drug trials and is also involved in a variety of studies regarding MS epidemiology and outcome measures.

Peter Riskind MD PhD, Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Center is Director of the MS Center. He received his MD and PhD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed his neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was formerly Chief of the Neuroimmunology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Director of the MS Clinic at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. He specializes in multiple sclerosis and related neuroimmunologic disorders. He is board-certified in Neurology and Psychiatry.

Neeta Garg MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology is Associate Director of the MS Center. Dr. Garg received her medical degree from SMS Medical College in India, and completed Internal Medicine residency there. After completing her neurology fellowship in India, she worked as Assistant Professor of Neurology at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences in India. She completed her neurology residency at JFK Medical Center/Seton Hall University in New Jersey and then joined Baird MS Center/Jacobs Neurological Institute, SUNY-Buffalo as an Assistant Professor of neurology and Director of the Infusion Unit at the Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center.

Carolina Ionete MD PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Center is Associate Director of the MS Center. She received his MD and PhD from the” Carol Davila” University of of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania. For nine years, she worked as an Assistant Professor in Neurology at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania. She completed her neurology residency at UNMC/Creighton University in Omaha, NE and she graduated the neuromimmunology fellowship program at UMass MS Center. She specializes in multiple sclerosis and related neuroimmunologic disorders, and neuro-infections. She is board-certified in Neurology.

Jennifer Moodie MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, completed her neurology residency at Rhode Island Hospital and subsequently did a two-year fellowship in multiple sclerosis at the Partner’s MS center in Boston, MA. 

Elizabeth Austin PhD is our staff Clinical Psychologist. She sees patients in the MS Clinic and in other locations at UMMHC. She has years of experience treating patients with MS and other chronic illnesses.

Roberta Beyroutey RN MN CS NP is our Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Practitioner. A certified Family Nurse Practitioner, she has specialized in multiple sclerosis care and neurorehabilitation for many years.

Diane Wallace RN, BSN is manager of the MS Clinic. She is also manager of the Memorial Hospital Infusion Center, Travel Clinic, Outpatient North and the Rheumatology center at Memorial Hospital

Kenneth Njoroge LPN is our Clinic Nurse, with overall responsibility for phone triage and injection training. 

Joanne Petmezis is the manager of our secretarial staff. 

Kim Rameau, Yaritza Chamorro and Renata Bucinska are our secretarial staff.

Emanual Osei-Bonsu is our Health Assistant. 

Affiliated Physicians and Psychologists

Nancy Fontneau MD is Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at UMMHC and has expertise in neurorehabilitation and spasticity management. 

Paula Bellin MD is a staff Urologist at UMMHC and Hahnemann Hospital. In addition to her residency training in Urology she has completed a further year of subspecialty training in Neuro-Urology (bladder impairments with neurologic illness). 

John Weaver MD is Chief of Neurosurgery at UMMHC and is principally responsible for implanting intrathecal baclofen pumps. 

Joan Swearer PhD is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry. Brian Dessureau PhD is Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology. Both are staff psychologists with expertise in detailed neuropsychological assessments (tests of memory and thinking).

Carolyn Griffin RN CCRP is our Research Project Director. She is the main contact person for patients who are involved in our research studies.

Bernadette Shaw, Janice Weaver CCRP and Barbara Glidden CCRP are Clinical Research Coordinators.

Christina Cooper and Mark Diiulio are Research Associates. 

Kevin Kane MS is our statistician and database manager.