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2014 Health Professionals Hall of Fame

Bruce Cohen, MD

A long-time thought and action leader in the world of MS clinical care, Dr. Bruce Cohen has been a driving force in the development of national MS clinical care guidelines, and in establishing a model for clinical partnerships, Partners in MS Care, that embodies the Society’s aim to put people with MS at the center of all that we do. His clinical practice and counterpart in the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago created the prototype comprehensive and coordinated MS program in 1986, before the advent of disease-modifying therapies. While serving as the director of a large center for comprehensive MS care at Northwestern University Medical Center, Dr. Cohen still makes time to attend local education programs, and participate in several local and national Society committees, and the American Academy of Neurology’s MS section executive committee.

Jody Corey-Bloom, MD

Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom has been treating MS for more than 20 years; she sees more than 600 people with MS annually, including the most difficult cases and those without means. She strives to elevate understanding of MS in the community, including 14 years of leadership of the local MS Research Symposium for people with MS and neurologists, as well as outreach to local neurologists. Her efforts have resulted in new relationships for the Society, more referrals to MS-specific healthcare, great confidence from local neurology partners, and much more. Dr. Corey-Bloom has been the principal investigator on more 40 clinical trials for the treatment of various neurodegenerative disorders, served as editor of Adult Neurology, and is currently professor of neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, where she served as long-time director of the MS Center; she is co-chair of the Society’s local Clinical Advisory Committee, and an active member of the local board of trustees.

Tova Epstein, LCSW

Since becoming the clinical social worker at the Corinne Goldsmith Dickenson MS Care Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in 2001, Tova Epstein has volunteered her time and professional expertise to the MS movement. She shows a powerful commitment to providing the best service to people living with MS, is their fierce advocate, and demonstrates an ongoing desire to educate other professionals about the needs of people living with MS, and the concepts and benefits of comprehensive care. Tova willingly presents at local programs for people with MS and professionals alike, offering her substantial clinical expertise in a down-to-earth style. As she serves individuals with MS, she seeks to establish new community resources for all. Beyond her healthcare-related contributions, Tova has co-chaired her Center’s successful Walk team since its inception in 2003.

Lily Jung Henson, MD, MMM, FAAN

Dr. Lily Jung Henson is Vice President of Medical Affairs at the Swedish Ballard campus and the new Medical Director of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute at Ballard. She has a large MS practice and is a principle investigator in many MS clinical trials. Since 2004, Dr. Jung Henson has been a member of the local Clinical Advisory Committee, leading and participating in initiatives including the Regional MS Summit, the Medical Student Mentorship Program and the Healthcare Provider Engagement Advisory Group. In addition to connecting her patients with the Society, volunteering and engaging the medical community, Dr. Jung Henson involves her professional network in Walk MS and started a Bike MS team – raising nearly $500,000 to date. Dr. Jung Henson serves on the Society’s local board of trustees, and national Board of Directors and Federal Activism Advisory Committee. She maintains her sense of humor even during complicated situations, which makes her easy to work with and well-respected.

Lizbeth Najm

From speaking at events about the importance of carepartner self-care, to easing isolation of individuals living with progressed MS through “angel” visits, to single-handedly building, coordinating and sourcing supplies for the 12-member nurse support team for the local three-day Challenge Walk, Lizbeth Najm is dedicated to the MS movement. For 26 years Liz has volunteered with the Society in honor of her father who lived with MS for more than two decades. She is a trustee on the local board, top fundraiser and captain of team “Leggin for Larry” which has raised more than $100,000 over the years. Liz builds lasting relationships with businesses that support various MS events throughout the year. In addition to the Challenge Walk nurse team, Liz coordinates medical care at nearly every local MS event: planning, leading training calls and answering questions about care of participants. Liz works as a surgical nurse and operating room materials coordinator at Whittier Hospital Medical Center.

Cindy Phair, RN, MS, MSCN

Cindy Phair has devoted her career to helping people with MS live better lives on all fronts — not only providing top-notch clinical care, but offering education, support and leadership. She shows tremendous passion for helping people with MS better understand and manage their disease, and for helping professionals to provide the best possible care. Cindy has given myriad lectures about MS and management issues associated with neurologic disorders, both nationally and internationally, to patient and professional audiences. She has held clinical and academic positions at several institutions, served on national and international nursing boards and organizations, and is a contributing author to a number of books and journals. For three decades, Cindy has been a devoted volunteer for local programs, and has raised critical funds and awareness through Society events, participating in Bike MS, Walk MS and even MuckFest MS.

Nilay Shah, MD

As a practicing neurologist, Dr. Nilay Shah saw many people with MS in an area that had limited access to care. Upon patient request in 2004, he began regularly attending a Society self-help group to answer questions about approved treatments for MS. This time with an MS neurologist proved beneficial to group members; most of them did not travel to visit a comprehensive MS care center. Dr. Shah completed the Special Symposium of the MS Comprehensive Treatment Training Program, which combined self-study curriculum with intensive, onsite clinical rotations. He is a founding member of the New York Neurologic Society and a member of the Society’s local Clinical Advisory Committee. Dr. Shah has made many presentations to people with MS and healthcare professionals and is an MS activist. He has made an incredible impact in the Hudson Valley area with his personable presentation style, strong desire to help those in need, and solid knowledge base.

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