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Bella, Isabelita - MD  -clinical associate professor

Dr. Bella has a special interest in the clinical, electromyographic, and pathological aspects of neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Bella is the primary investigator at UMass for the multicenter study "Arrhythmias in Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy."

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 Dr. Bomprezzi

Bomprezzi, Roberto - MD, PhD - associate professor

Dr. Bomprezzi is fellowship trained in neuroimmunology and he is involved in the treatment of inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, neurosarcoidosis.

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Brown, Robert - DPhil, MD - professor

Dr. Brown’s laboratory has focused on the identification of gene defects that elucidate the molecular pathogenesis of selected neuromuscular diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), muscular dystrophy, adrenoleukodystrophy, hereditary neuropathy and hyperkalemic periodic paralysis. Knowledge of theses disease genes has facilitated the creation of mouse and cell-based models of these disorders. In turn, these resources have allowed study of therapeutic strategies using conventional small molecule approaches and new modalities such as inhibitory RNAi.

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Chu, Felicia - MD - assistant professor

Dr. Chu is an Epileptologist who cares for patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

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Carandang, Raphael - MD - associate professor

Dr. Carandang is a neurointensivist and stroke neurologist who provides acute emergent and critical care for patients with ischemic stroke and other devastating neurological diseases like traumatic brain injury, cerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage. His research interests include cerebral edema, subarachnoid hemorrhage, CNS vasculitis, stroke epidemiology and traumatic brain injury. He is studying post-traumatic cerebral edema and its possible genetic determinants and is co-investigator of Outcome Prognostication in Traumatic Brain Injury (OPTIMISM) study and the randomized clinical trial studying Dantrolene for cerebral vasospasm in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage among others. He is also co-founder of the New England Neurocritical Care Consortium that seeks to promote collaborative research in neurocritical care diseases in the region.

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 Dr. Daniello

Daniello, Kate - MD - assistant professor

Dr Daniello is subspecialty trained in neuromuscular diseases such as neuropathies, motor neuron diseases, myasthenia gravis and muscle diseases like muscular dystrophy and myopathies. She also performs nerve conduction studies and electromyography.

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 Anindita Deb

Deb, Anindita - MD - assistant professor

Dr. Deb is a movement disorders specialist with clinical interests in Parkinson’s disease, autonomic dysfunction, atypical parkinsonism, dystonia, tremor, ataxia, botulinum toxin injections and management of deep brain stimulators (DBS). Her other interests include medical education and global health.

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Eisenstock, Jordan - MD - assistant professor

Dr. Eisenstock is a neurologist and psychiatrist with broad interests in neuropsychiatry. He directs the neurorehabilitation program at Fairlawn Rehab.

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Ginns, Edward - MD - clinical professor

Program in medical genetics; lysosomal storage disorders; Ellis-van Creveld syndrome; Search for genes involved in manic depressive illness in the Old Order Amish; molecular diagnostics laboratory.

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Goddeau, Richard - DO - associate professor

Dr. Goddeau is a vascular (Stroke) neurologist with a special interest in acute ischemic stroke therapies, intracerebral hemorrhage, and the role of inflammation in stroke incidence and recurrence. He serves as director both of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship and of the Stroke Program’s Quality and Patient Safety initiative for the Department of Neurology.

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Hall, Wiley - MD - assistant professor

Dr. Hall is a neurointensivist caring for critically ill patients, including those with intracranial hemorrhage, cerebral edema, traumatic brain injury and neuromuscular disorders. He is the director of the NeuroICU and TeleStroke Services.

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Hemond, Christopher - MD - assistant professor

Dr. Hemond is a board-certified neurologist with clinical subspecialty training in neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis.  His research focuses on the exploration of immunological and metabolic factors which determine pathological rates of brain atrophy and neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis.  Additionally, Dr. Hemond maintains research efforts to determine how social factors influence health and immunity via the neuroendocrine and autonomic nervous systems. He leads the MS center’s efforts in providing free and full access to mindfulness based stress reduction services for patients.

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Ionete, Carolina - MD, PhD - professor

Dr. Ionete is a clinical neuroimmunologist and educator with special interests including clinical trials in multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune neurological diseases, and neurological complications of HIV infections. She chairs the Department of Neurology's education committee.

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Jun-O'Connell, Adalia - MD - assistant professor & quality improvement officer

Dr. Jun-O’Connell is a board certified psychiatrist, neuropsychiatrist, and a vascular neurologist with a special interest in post-stroke recovery, acute management of stroke, and neuropsychiatric sequelae of stroke.  Her clinic focuses on complex sequelae of strokes, including surveillance and management of post-stroke fatigue, mood symptoms, cognitive change, and motor recovery.  

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Moodie, Jennifer - MD - assistant professor

Dr. Moodie is a neuroimmunologist with clinical interest in multiple mclerosis. She also serves as the co-director of the Neurology Clinical Clerkship.

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Moonis, Majaz - MD - professor

Dr. Moonis is director of Stroke Services and the Stroke Prevention Program.

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Muehlschlegel, Susanne - MD, MPH - associate professor

Dr. Muehlschlegel is a neurointensivist devoted to improving the care of patients with catastrophic neurological injuries. Her research interests concentrate on outcome prognostication in Neurocritical care, particularly in moderate-severe traumatic brain injury. She is the principal investigator for several research studies at the UMASS Neuro-Intensive care unit (NeuroICU), including the Outcome Prognostication in Traumatic Brain Injury (OPTIMISM) Study. In addition, she is the site-principal investigator for clinical trials involving subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage and large ischemic strokes with severe brain edema.

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Noviawaty, Ika - MD - assistant professor

Dr. Noviawaty is an Epileptologist who manages all aspects of epilepsy patient care. Her main clinical interest are complex refractory epilepsy and epilepsy surgery. She specialized in various epilepsy surgery evaluations including Stereo-EEG(SEEG) and responsive neurostimulation (RNS).

Dr. Noviawaty's academic interests include semiology and epileptogenic zone localization, brain connectivity and epileptogenesis to better understand epilepsy surgery candidate selection along with the process of epileptogenesis and seizure recurrence after surgery. Administratively, she also serves as the co-director of the epilepsy surgery program 

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Osgood, Marcey - MD - assistant professor

Dr Osgood is a neurointensivist caring for patients who have devastating neurologic injury and require critical care services. This includes patients with traumatic brain injury, intracranial hemorrhage and ischemic stroke. Her interests include improving medical education with respect to management of neurologic emergencies as well as outcome prognostication following neurologic injury

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Owegi, Ayo (Margaret) - DO - assistant professor

Dr. Owegi specializes in neuromuscular disorders in adults. She focuses on the diagnosis and management of motor neuron diseases such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophies, myopathies and peripheral neuropathies. Dr. Owegi graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her neurology residency training and neuromuscular disease fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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Phillips, Catherine - MD  - clinical associate professor

Dr. Phillips specializes in the management of refractory seizures, surgical treatment of epilepsy, and in all aspects of electroencephalography and epilepsy.

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Qin, Lan - MD, PhD - associate professor

Dr. Qin is a general clinical neurologist with special interests in neurophysiology, electrodiagnosis, neuromuscular disease and epilepsy. Dr. Qin is the Neurology Clerkship Director.

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Ramzan, Muhammad - MD - assistant professor

Dr. Ramzan is a general clinical neurologist with special interests in neurophysiology, electrodiagnosis, neuromuscular disease, cerebrovascular disease, stroke and epilepsy.

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Riskind, Peter - MD, PhD - clinical professor

The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at UMass Memorial Health Care participates in many clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of drugs and treatments for MS. Currently it is the site of several different clinical trials involving patients with Relapsing Remitting and Primary Progressive MS. We are involved in trials to prevent the future worsening of MS, and to improve the quality of life of our patients.

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Silver, Brian - MD, FRCPC, FAHA, FAAN, FANA - chair and professor

Clinical and research focus in vascular neurology, stroke prevention, acute stroke treatment, and neurorestoration.

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Sargent, Jane - MD - clinical professor

Dr. Sargent is a general clinical neurologist, including neuro-ophthalmology, neuromuscular disease, and electromyography.

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 Kara Smith

Smith, Kara - MD - assistant professor

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Sodha, Naren - MD - assistant professor

Dr. Sodha has special interest in electrodiagnosis, stroke, and neuromuscular diseases.

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Swearer, Joan - PhD - clinical professor

Dr. Swearer is a clinical neuropsychologist. Research interests include clinical features and treatment of dementing illnesses, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

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Vydrin, Mikhail - MD, PhD - assistant professor

Dr. Vydrin is a general clinical neurologist with special interests in memory impairment, insomnia, geriatric neurology, headache, and psychosomatic disorders. Dr. Vydrin is an ABPN Board certified Diplomate in the subspecialty of Sleep Medicine.

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