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Difficult Case Discussion Webinars

An opportunity for fellows across the country to present cases and receive feedback from other fellows and renowned faculty. 

Schedule
Kick-off Presentation- Tuesday, August 20 from 5:45-7:15 pm ET


5:45-7:15 pm ET on the second Tuesday of each month as follows:
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10
January 14
February 11
March 10
April 14
May 12

If you would like to participate and have not already received an invitation, please contact Doris Lill at Doris.Lill@nmss.org.

Program faculty

Special thanks to the following faculty for joining the Difficult Case Webinars.  To learn more about the faculty below, download their biographies.

Elliot M Frohman, MD, PhD, FAAN, FANA       
Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology and Neurosurgery
Co-Director, MS and Neuroimmunology Center
The Dell Medical School at UT Austin
                                                                                                             
Teresa C Frohman, MPAS, MSCS, PA-C, FANA
Associate Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Neurosurgery
Co-Director, The Multiple Sclerosis & Neuroimmunology Center
The Dell Medical School at UT Austin                                                                                                                                                      
Edward Fox, MD, PhD, FAAN
Director, MS Clinic of Central Texas
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
Dell Medical School at UT Austin
                                                                                            
Eugene O. Major, PhD
Emeritus Professor
Neuroimmunology Branch at the National Institutes of Health

Esther Melamed, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Dell Medical School at UT Austin

Ethan Meltzer, MD
Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Fellow
Dell Medical School at UT Austin
                                                                                                             
National MS Society
Associate Vice President, Healthcare Access                                
Kathleen Costello, MS, ANP-BC,MSCN
 
National MS Society
Senior Manager, Access to Care    
Doris Lill, PMP
                                                           
Collaborative Faculty Mentors:
 
Rany Aburashed, DO
Institute for Neurosciences & MS

Lilyana Amezcua, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

Lee Archer, MD
Professor and Chairman of Neurology
University of Arkansas

Laura Balcer, MD
Professor & Vice Chair
Department of Neurology
New York University School of Medicine

Brenda Banwell, MD, FRCPC, FAAN
Chief of Child Neurology, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
 
Michael Bradshaw, MD
Billings Clinic
                                                      
Robert M. Cain, MD
Ascension Seton

Scott Davis, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology
Southern Methodist University

Léorah Freeman, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Dell Medical School
Department of Neurology
                                                                                                                
Steven Galetta, MD
Professor & Chairman
Department of Neurology
New York University School of Medicine

Jeffrey Gelfand, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

UCSF MS and Neuroinflammation Center
Clinical Fellowship Training Program

Andrew Goodman, MD, FAAN, FANA
Professor of Neurology

Director, Multiple Sclerosis Center
Chief, Neuroimmunology Division
University of Rochester Medical Center

Ari J. Green, MD
Chief, Division of Neuroinflammation and Glial Biology
Debbie and Andy Rachleff Distinguished Professor
Medical Director, MS and Neuroinflammation Center
University of California at San Francisco

Joshua Katz, MD
Co-Director, Elliot Lewis Center for MS
Associate Professor of Neurology
Tufts University School of Medicine
                                                       
Oleg Komogortsev, PhD
Associate Professor

Texas State University, Department of Computer Science

David Lapides, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities University of Virginia
                                                                                                                   
Michael Levy, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Johns Hopkins University

Robert Lisak, MD, FRCP (E), FAAN, FANA
Parker Webber Chair in Neurology, Professor of Neurology
Director MS/Neuroimmunology Fellowship
Detroit Medical Center/Wayne state University School of Medicine

Ashlea Lucas, PA-C
Dell Medical School at UT Austin
                                                                                                                   
Ellen Mowry, MD, MCR
Associate Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology

Johns Hopkins University

Ram Narayan
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Barrow Neurological Institute    

Avi Nath, MD, PhD
Clinical Director of NINDS, Director of the Translational Neuroscience Center,

Chief of the Section of Infections of the Nervous System
National Institutes of Health

Annette Okai, MD
Baylor Medical Center Dallas

Amit Bar-Or, MD, FRCP, FAAN, FANA
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Michael K. Racke, MD
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Nueroimmunology

Danny Reich, MD, PhD
Director- Translational Neuroradiology Unit in NINDS

National Institutes of Health

Adnan Subei, DO
Medical Director

Memorial Neuroscience Institute

Scott Zamvil, MD, PhD
Donnie Smith Chair in Multiple Sclerosis Research
Professor of Neurology, Faculty Member, Program in Immunology

University of California San Francisco                

2019-2020 Fellows

Clinical Fellows
Justin Abbatemarco
Cleveland Clinic

Samuel Cohn
Cleveland Clinic

Roberto Cruz
UT Austin

Neda Esfahani
University of Washington

Amanda Frisosky
University of Chicago

Kristen Galetta
Brigham and Women's

Lee Gerwitz
University of Rochester

Nicholas Lannen
University of Virginia

Mark McDonald
University of Virginia

Erica Parrotta
NYU Langone Medical Center

Chris Perrone
University of Pennsylvania

Horacio Chiong-Rivero
University of Southern California

Lauren Tardo
UT Southwestern

Stephanie Taylor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Raffaella Umeton
University of Massachusetts

Yufie Wang
Johns Hopkins

Sylvia Lawry Fellows

Laura Baldassari               
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Nina Bozinov
Stanford University

Emily Evans
Washington University School of Medicine

Jenny Feng
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Carolyn Goldschmidt
Cleveland Clinic

Kristen Krysko  
University of California San Francisco

Christopher Langston
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Muhammad Taimur Malik
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Michael Robers
University of Southern California

Elizabeth Silbermann     
Oregon Health & Science University

Elias Sotirchos  
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Elaine Su
Stanford University

Yinan Zhang
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Fellow spotlight

Yujie Wang, MD
John's Hopkins



"My interest in MS began in medical school, where, for the first time, I met patients with MS and other neuroimmunological conditions. As a student new to neurology, I found the examination, diagnostic dilemma, and tailoring of treatment options particularly exciting. My residency program was fortunate to have a Comprehensive MS Care Center, and it was during my time there that I came to appreciate the perseverance and courage of patients and their families, the passion exhibited by the care team, and the multi-disciplinary nature of the field. I am excited to be a part of such an exciting field, to learn more every day, and am looking forward to continuing to provide care for individuals with MS."

Difficult case archives

* additional archives prior to 2017 also available.

Fellow Case Call

August 20, 2019

Presented by:
Esther Melamed, MD PhD, Dell Medical School at UT Austin
Leorah Freeman, MS, PhD, Dell Medical School at UT Austin
Benjamin Ehrenfeld, LMSW, MS and Neuroimmunology Center at UT Health Austin
R. Alejandro Cruz, MD, Dell Medical School at UT at Austin

Description: treatment dilemma, symptom management, differential diagnosis
 

Fellow Case Call

April 9, 2019
Presented by:
Douglas Juvinall, MD, Northwestern University

Description: progression from Radiologically Isolated Syndrome.

Fellow Case Call

March 12, 2019
Presented by:
Ye Hu, MD, University of Washington
Amanda Thuringer, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center


Description: therapy considerations; pregnancy and MS

Additional relevant articles:

Fellow Case Call

February 12, 2019
Presented by:
Asya Wallach, MD, NYU MS Comprehensive Center
Peter Squigna, MD, UT Southwestern


Description: rebound effects and myelopathies

Download the additional relevant article:

Fellows Case Call

January 8, 2019
Presented by:
Yujie Wang, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Ethan Meltzer, MD, Dell Medical School at UT Austin

Description:
Immune-mediated endotheliopathy and microangiopathy; infections, vaccines

Download the additional relevant article:

Fellows Case Call

December 11, 2018
Presented by:
Jenny Feng, MD, Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research
Gabrielle Macaron, MD, Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research


Description: genetic disorder, adrenoleukodystrophy; primary immune deficiency, LRBA gene mutation

Fellows Case Call

November 13, 2018
Presented by:
Brooke Guerrero, MD, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Chris Perrone, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Description:
non-MS inflammatory condition, ADEM

Featured in the journal Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation.

Fellow Case Call

October 16, 2018
Presented by:
Kelly Tisovic, MD, University of Southern California
Michael Robers, MD, University of Southern California

Description:
CNS Malignancy, Intravascular Large B-Cell Lymphoma; NMO, non-MS inflammatory disease

Download the additional relevant articles:

Fellow Case Call

September 11, 2018
Presented by:
Stephen Benesh, MD, University of Alabama Birmingham

Description: Vascular Condition, CNS Polyangitis
 

Fellow Case Call

May 8, 2018
Presented by:
Elias Sotirchos , MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
William Kilgo, University of Alabama Birmingham


Description: NMO, non-MS inflammatory condition; CNS malignancy, intravascular large b-cell lymphoma

Fellow Case Call

April 10, 2018
Presented by:
David Lapides, MD, University of Virginia

Part 2


Description: Infections, JC virus granule cell neuronopathy

Featured in the journal Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation.

Fellow Case Call

March 13, 2018
Presented by:
Michael J. Bradshaw, MD, Brigham & Women's Hospital Massachusettes General Hospital, Harward Medical School
Megan Esch, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Description:
CNS neurological condition, NMDA, encephalitis with demyelinating overlap syndrome

Featured in the journal Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation.

Fellow Case Call

February 13, 2018
Presented by:
Lakshman Arcot Jayagopal, MD, University of Washington
Laura Baldassari, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Description:
central nervous system neuro-inflammatory disease; non-MS inflammatory condition

Fellow Case Call

January 9, 2018
Presented by:
Nidhi Andani, MBBS, University of Rochester

Description:
infection; PML; treatment dilemas post PML treatment with DMT

Fellow Case Call

December 12, 2017
Presented by:
Ahmed Obeidat, MD, University of Cincinatti

*due to technical difficulties, there are two parts to this video.
Part 1
Part 2

Description: Infection; PML

Download the additional relevant articles:

Fellow Case Call

November 14, 2017
Presented by:
Brandon Moss, MD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Description:
motor neuron disease; ALS

Fellow Case Call

October 10, 2017
Presented by:
Veronica Penyak, MD, University of Chicago
Maria Del Pilar Guillermo Prieto Eibl, Ohio State University

Description:
clippers, CNS neuroinflammatory disorders; tumefactive, unknown diagnosis

Fellow Case Call

September 12, 2017
Presented by:
Andrew Romeo, MD, UCSF MS and Neuroinflammation Center

Featured in the journal Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation. 

Description:
non- MS inflammatory condition, neurosarcoidosis

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