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Clinical Fellows Complex Case Webinars


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This webinar is an opportunity for fellows across the country to present cases and receive feedback from other fellows and renowned faculty. 

If you are an MS fellow and would like to participate, please contact Hope Nearhood at

Program faculty

Special thanks to the following faculty for joining the MS Fellows Clinical Complex Case Webinars. 

Scott Newsome, DO, MSCS, FAAN, FANA
Associate Professor of Neurology

Director, Neurosciences Consultation and Infusion Center
Co-Director, Multiple Sclerosis Experimental Therapeutics Program
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Neuroimmunology Clinical Fellowship Program
Member, Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence 
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Jennifer Graves, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosciences

UC San Diego
Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
Hope Nearhood, MPH, PMP
Director, MS Information and Resources

Advocacy and Healthcare Access
National MS Society
Collaborative Faculty Mentors:
Lilyana Amezcua, MD, MS, FAAN
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

Laura Balcer, MD
Professor & Vice Chair
Department of Neurology
New York University School of Medicine
R. Alejandro Cruz, MD
DHR Health
Edward Fox, MD, PhD, FAAN
Director, MS Clinic of Central Texas
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
Dell Medical School at UT Austin     

Steven Galetta, MD
Professor & Chairman
Department of Neurology
New York University School of Medicine

Myla Goldman, MD, MSc
Division Chief for MS and General Neurology
Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development
Department of Neurology, VCU School of Medicine

Andrew Goodman, MD, FAAN, FANA
Professor of Neurology

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

Joshua Katz, MD
Co-Director, Elliot Lewis Center for MS
Associate Professor of Neurology
Tufts University School of Medicine
Michael Levy, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Research Director, Division of Neuroimmunology & Neuroinfectious Diseases
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Esther Melamed, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Dell Medical School at UT Austin

Ellen Mowry, MD, MCR
Associate Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology

Johns Hopkins University

Annette Okai, MD
North Texas Institute of Neurology

Adnan Subei, DO
Medical Director

Memorial Neuroscience Institute

Nataliya Ternopolska, MD
Medical Director

MS Center at St. Luke's University Hospital, Center for Neuroscience

Rana K. Zabad, MD
Professor and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center

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

University of California San Francisco                

2021-2022 Fellows

Clinical Fellows

Adebusola Adesina
University of Texas at Austin

Maria Antonietta
University of Massachussetts Medical School

Hamza Coban
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Sidarth Dasari
University of Vermont Medical Center
Judy Diep
University of Rochester
Jessica Fan
University of California San Francisco
Gina Perez Giraldo
Northwestern University
Brigitte Hurtubise
University of Southern California
Jia Lin 
University of Southern California
Lashgari Ghazal
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Jackie Koshorek
Johns Hopkins University
Derek McFaul
Oregon Health & Science University
Ahmad Mahadeen
Cleveland Clinic
Nuriel Moghavem
University of Southern California
Jamie Nichols
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Jasmin Patel
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dan Michael Pineda
Cleveland Clinic Las Vegas
Anthony Reder
University of Chicago

Deja Rose
Cleveland Clinic
Shuvro Roy
Johns Hopkins University
Sammita Satyanarayan
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Laura Saucier
Massachusetts General Hospital
Zuleyma Toledo-Nieves
University of South Florida
Abou-Chaar Widad
University of Chicago
Amy Yu
Columbia University

Sylvia Lowry Fellows

Cristine Gaudioso
Washington University in St. Louis
Kimystian (Mysti) Harrison
Johns Hopkins University
Victoria Levasseur
Washington University in St. Louis
Jamie McDonald
Stanford University

Neda Sattarnezhad Oskouei
Stanford University

Daniela Pimental Maldonado
Johns Hopkins University

Lindsay Ross
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Alexandra Simpson
Johns Hopkins University

Current cohort case presentations

Fellows Case Call

April 12, 2022

Neda Sattarnezhad, MD
Stanford University
Alex Simpson, MD
Johns Hopkins University

Topics: differential diagnosis, CASPR2 antibody disorder, low-risk CLL, listeria monocytogenes

Fellows Case Call

March 22, 2022

Presented by:
Ahmad Mahadeen, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Gina Perez-Giraldo
Northwestern Medicine

Topic: differential diagnosis, infectious disease, CNS vasculitis

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A multi-center case series of sarcoid optic neuropathy - Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 2021


Fellow Case Call

Judy Diep, MD
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Nuriel Moghavem, MD
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Topic: differential diagnosis, Marburg variant, Balo's disease, tumefactive MS, CNS vasculitis, treatment decisions

Fellow Case Call

February 8, 2022

Shuvro Roy, MD
Johns Hopkins MS Center
Zuleyma Toledo-Nieves, MD
USF Health

Topic: differential diagnosis, treatment decisions, COVID-19, CLIPPERS, MOGAD

Fellow Case Call

January 11, 2022

Jia Lin, MD, MPH
Keck Medicine of USC
Dan MIchael Pineda, MD, MSc
Cleveland Clinic Las Vegas

Topic: differential diagnosis, social determinants of health, neurosarcoidosis, Susac syndrome

Fellow Case Call

October 12, 2021

Presented by:
Amy Yu, MD
Columbia University
Deja Rose, MD
Cleveland Clinic

Topic: differential diagnosis, diffuse large B cell lymphoma

Fellow Case Call

September 14, 2021

Presented by:
Victoria Levasseur, MD
Washington University St. Louis

Topic: differential diagnosis

Related references:

Special sessions

Cultural Competency and Implicit Bias

Presented by:
Lilyana Amezcua, MD- USC                                          
Mitzi Joi Williams, MD-  Joi Life Wellness Group Multiple Sclerosis Center

Additional relevant articles:

Hot Topics in MS

Biomarkers of MS Activity and Progression
Presented by:
Peter Calabresi, MD- Johns Hopkins University                                             
Laura Balcer, MD- New York University School of Medicine

High Efficacy vs Escalation Therapy when Initiating DMTs- Pros and Cons
Moderated by:
Myla Goldman, MD
VCU University
Pavan Bhargava, MBBS, MD- Johns Hopkins University 
William Meador, MD- University of Alabama Birmingham
Wellness and Lifestyle Integration in MS Care- Cannabis and Diet
Presented by:
Allen Bowling, MD, PhD- NeuroHealth Institute and University of Colorado
Ilana Katz Sand, MD- Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for MS at Mt. Sinai


May 11, 2021 - Presented by Daniela A. Pimentel Maldonado, MD - Johns Hopkins MS Center and Carolyn Goldschmidt, DO - Cleveland Clinic. Differential diagnosis.
April 13, 2021 - Presented by Hamza Coban, MD - UCONN Neurology and Deja Rose, MD - Mellen Center, Cleveland Clinic. Differential diagnosis.
March 9, 2021 - Presented by Tyler Smith, MD- NYU Langone Medical Center and Xinran Maria Xiang, MD- Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland VA. Differential diagnosis.
February 9, 2021 - Presented by Lindsay Ross, MD- Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Brigitte Hurtubis, MD- USC. Disease management.
January 12, 2021 - Presented by John Ciotti, MD- Washington University Jamie McDonald, MD- Stanford University. Disease management.
December 8, 2020 - Presented by Sarah Fredrich, MD, UT Southwestern Torge Rempe, MD, University of California San Diego. Differential diagnosis.
November 11, 2020 - Presented by Sarah Conway, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dev Mehta, MD, University of Washington. Treatment dilemma, differential diagnosis.
October 13, 2020 - Presented by Jacqueline Koshorek, Johns Hopkins University, R. Alejandro Cruz, DHR Health and Thomas Varkey, Dell Medical School at UT Austin. Differential Diagnosis, Symptom Management.
September 9, 2020 - Presented by Yujie Wang, MD, University of Washington Elias Sotirchos, Johns Hopkins University Topic: Pregnancy and Family Planning, Differential Diagnosis
May 12, 2020 - Presented by Neda Zarghami Esfani, MD, University of Washington. Differential diagnosis.
April 14, 2020 - Presented by Horacio Chong-Rivero, MD, USC Keck School of Medicine and Mahmood Shbeb, MD, neurology resident, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. COVID-19, differential diagnosis.
March 11, 2020 - Presented by Wijdan Rai, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Elaine Su, MD, Stanford University. Differential diagnosis; MS diagnosis and treatment overview.
February 11, 2020 - Presented by Mark McDonald, MD, University of Virginia and Carolyn Goldschmidt, MD, Cleveland Clinic. Differential diagnosis
January 14, 2020 - Presented by Kristen Krysco, MD, UCSF MS Center and Yujie Wang, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Differential diagnosis, pediatric MS.
December 10, 2019 - Presented by Kristen Galetta, MD, Brigham and Women's Erica Parrotta, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center. Treatment dilemma, differential diagnosis.
November 12, 2019 - Presented by Nick Lannen, MD, UVA and R. Alejandro Cruz, MD, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Differential diagnosis, treatment dilemma.
October 16, 2019 - Presented by Lauren Tardo, MD, UT Southwestern and Tyrell Simkins, MD, VA Portland and Oregon Health Sciences University. Treatment dilemma.
September 24, 2019 - Presented by Jenny Feng, MD, Cleveland Clinic and Michael Robers, MD, University of Southern California. Differential diagnosis
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 and R. Alejandro Cruz, MD, Dell Medical School at UT at Austin. Treatment dilemma, symptom management, differential diagnosis.
April 9, 2019 - Presented by Douglas Juvinall, MD, Northwestern University. Progression from Radiologically Isolated Syndrome.
March 12, 2019 - Presented by Ye Hu, MD, University of Washington and Amanda Thuringer, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center. Therapy considerations; pregnancy and MS.
February 12, 2019 - Presented by Asya Wallach, MD, NYU MS Comprehensive Center and Peter Squigna, MD, UT Southwestern. Rebound effects and myelopathies.
January 8, 2019 - Presented by Yujie Wang, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Ethan Meltzer, MD, Dell Medical School at UT Austin. Immune-mediated endotheliopathy and microangiopathy; infections, vaccines.


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