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Clinical Fellows Difficult Case Webinars

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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

5:45-7:15 pm ET on the second Tuesday of each month as follows:
September 14
October 12
November 9
December 14
January 11
February 8
March 8
April 12
May 10

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

Program faculty

Special thanks to the following faculty for joining the Difficult Case Webinars. 

Scott Newsome, DO, MSCS, FAAN
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
                   
Doris Lill, PMP
Director, Healthcare Access

National MS Society
 
Collaborative Faculty Mentors:
 
Lilyana Amezcua, MD
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

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
 
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
                                                                                            
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       

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
                                                       
Oleg Komogortsev, PhD
Professor

Texas State University, Department of Computer Science
                                                                                                                  
Michael Levy, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Research Director, Division of Neuroimmunology & Neuroinfectious Diseases
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

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

José del R. Millán
Carol Cockrell Curran Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor in the Department of Neurology
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

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

Johns Hopkins University

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

Nicole R. Villemarette-Pittman, PhD
Associate Professor of Research in Neurology at the LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans
Administrative Director of Research for the LSUHSC-NO Department 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

Thomas C. Varkey, MBA
Medical student
University of Texas at Austin

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

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
 
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 (Misty) Harrison
Johns Hopkins University
 
Victoria Levasseur
Washington University in St. Louis
 
Neda Sattarnezhad Oskouei
Stanford University
 
Alexandra Simpson
Johns Hopkins University

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
 
Presenters:
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

Fellow spotlight

Elaine Su, MD
Stanford University



“I am excited to be an MS provider because I love that we have the opportunity to build longitudinal relationships with our patients, and help them navigate a quickly evolving treatment landscape.”

Difficult case archives

Fellow Case Call

May 11, 2021 

Presented by:
Daniela A. Pimentel Maldonado, MD - Johns Hopkins MS Center
Carolyn Goldschmidt, DO - Cleveland Clinic

Topic: differential diagnosis
 

Fellow Case Call

April 13, 2021

Presented by:
Hamza Coban, MD - UCONN Neurology
Deja Rose, MD - Mellen Center, Cleveland Clinic

Topic: differential diagnosis

Related references:

Fellow Case Call

March 9, 2021

Presented by:
Tyler Smith, MD- NYU Langone Medical Center
Xinran Maria Xiang, MD- Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland VA

Topic: differential diagnosis

Fellow Case Call

February 9, 2021

Presented by:
Lindsay Ross, MD- Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Brigitte Hurtubis, MD- USC

Topic: disease management

Related references:

Fellow Case Call

January 12, 2021

Presented by:
John Ciotti, MD- Washington University
Jamie McDonald, MD- Stanford University

Topic: disease management

Related references:

Fellow Case Call

December 8, 2020

Presented by:
Sarah Fredrich, MD, UT Southwestern
Torge Rempe, MD, University of California San Diego

Topic: differential diagnosis

Fellow Case Call

November 11, 2020

Presented by:
Sarah Conway, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dev Mehta, MD, University of Washington

Topic:Treatment dilema, differential diagnosis

Fellow Case Call

October 13, 2020

Presented by:
Jacqueline Koshorek, Johns Hopkins University
R. Alejandro Cruz, DHR Health
Thomas Varkey, Dell Medical School at UT Austin

Topic: Differential Diagnosis, Symptom Management

Additional relevant articles:

Fellow Case Call

September 9, 2020

Presented by:
Yujie Wang, MD, University of Washington
Elias Sotirchos, Johns Hopkins University

Topic: Pregnancy and Family Planning, Differential Diagnosis

Additional relevant articles:

Fellow Case Call

May 12, 2020

Presented by:
Neda Zarghami Esfani, MD, University of Washington

Topic: differential diagnosis

Additional relevant articles:

Fellow Case Call

April 14, 2020

Presented by:
Horacio Chong-Rivero, MD, USC Keck School of Medicine
Mahmood Shbeb, MD, neurology resident, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University

Topic:
COVID-19, differential diagnosis
Image of Susac Syndrome

Cultural Competency in Healthcare

March 24, 2020

Presented by:
Kathy Costello, MS, CRNP, MSCN, National MS Society
Lilyana Amezcua, MD, USC Keck School of Medicine
Mitzi Joi Williams, Joi Life Wellness Group

Horacio Chong-Rivero, MD, USC Keck School of Medicine

Fellow Case Call

March 11, 2020

Presented by:
Wijdan Rai, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Elaine Su, MD, Stanford University


Description: differential diagnosis; MS diagnosis and treatment overview

Additional relevant articles:

Fellow Case Call

February 11, 2020

Presented by:
Mark McDonald, MD, University of Virginia
Carolyn Goldschmidt, MD, Cleveland Clinic


Description: differential diagnosis

Fellow Case Call

January 14, 2020

Presented by:
Kristen Krysco, MD, UCSF MS Center
Yujie Wang, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Description:
differential diagnosis, pediatric MS

Additional relevant articles:

Fellow Case Call

December 10, 2019

Presented by:
Kristen Galetta, MD, Brigham and Women's
Erica Parrotta, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center

Description:
treatment dileman, differential diagnosis

Fellow Case Call

November 12, 2019

Presented by:
Nick Lannen, MD, UVA
R. Alejandro Cruz, MD, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin

Description:
differential diagnosis, treatment dilema

Featured in the journal Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation.

Fellow Case Call

October 16, 2019

Presented by:
Lauren Tardo, MD, UT Southwestern
Tyrell Simkins, MD, VA Portland and Oregon Health Sciences University

Description:
treatment dilemma

Fellow Case Call

September 24, 2019

Presented by:
Jenny Feng, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Michael Robers, MD, University of Southern California

Description:
differential diagnosis

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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