Gil I. Wolfe, MD, President
Doctor Gil I. Wolfe is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, SUNY, where he serves as the Irvin and Rosemary Smith Endowed Chair. Prior to January 2012, Dr. Wolfe was Professor of Neurology at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. In September 2004, he was named as the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neuromuscular Disease Research. He served as Co-Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinics and Director of the Myasthenia Gravis and Peripheral Neuropathy Clinics at UT Southwestern. He was also the Clinical Vice Chair for the department.
Doctor Wolfe completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and attended medical school at UT Southwestern. He completed an internal medicine internship and trained as a neurology resident and neuromuscular/electromyography fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology, neuromuscular medicine, and clinical neurophysiology.
Doctor Wolfe is the immediate past chair of the Medical/Scientific Advisory Board (MSAB) for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA). His main research interests include idiopathic and immune-mediated peripheral neuropathies and myasthenia gravis. He co-directs the MDA Clinic and also directs intraoperative monitoring for the Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology. He has authored or co-authored over 100 papers and 20 chapters on neuromuscular disorders. His research has been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Muscular Dystrophy Association, MGFA, and Food and Drug Administration. He is actively involved in the training of younger physicians. He was director of the neuromuscular medicine and clinical neurophysiology fellowships and the neurology residency training program at UT Southwestern. He has received excellence in residency teaching awards on several occasions both at UT Southwestern and Univ. at Buffalo. He serves on the medical advisory boards for the MGFA, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, GBS-CIDP Foundation International and Neuropathy Association and has been elected to Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association.
Mill Etienne, MD, MPH, FAAN, Vice President/President-Elect
Doctor Mill Etienne is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy, brain injury medicine, and public health. He is director of the Epilepsy and EEG Laboratory at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, part of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. He is also associate dean of student affairs and associate professor of neurology at New York Medical College. Doctor Etienne received his bachelors degree from Yale University and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship at the Neurological Institute of New York (Columbia University). He obtained his MPH from Columbia University and completed a neuroepidemiology fellowship with a training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the guidance of Doctor W. Allen Hauser.
Doctor Etienne directed the Epilepsy, EEG and autonomic programs at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from 2009 – 2012. While at Walter Reed, Doctor Etienne was associate program director of the neurology residency program and was on the Clinical Neurophysiology teaching faculty for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the NIH. He was also Chief of the Ethics Committee on board the USNS Comfort during Operation Unified Response, the US military response to the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Doctor Etienne is a recognized expert in disaster medicine, particularly in the area of Ethics and Culture. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society and he has presented multiple times at both their annual meetings. Doctor Etienne has authored numerous book chapters and he has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Allan B. Perel, MD, Treasurer
Doctor Allan B. Perel is a neurologist on Staten Island, New York. Doctor Perel completed his neurology training at the Columbia Presbyterian Neurological Institute. He is presently the director of the Department of Neurology at Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island. He is also the medical director of the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center of Staten Island. Doctor Perel is the medical director of the American Parkinson’s Disease Information and Referral Center of Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Doctor Perel has been practicing neurology for 24 years. He is the president and founder of Alpha Neurology, P.C., his private practice Neurology Group with five other neurologists.
Matthew S. Robbins, MD, Secretary
Andrew D. Goodman, MD, FAAN, FANA, Past President
Doctor Goodman is Professor of Neurology, Chief of the Neuroimmunology Unit, and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. His interests include clinical and experimental therapeutics research. He has been a lead investigator (or a member of the steering committee) for various national and international clinical trials of new therapies for multiple sclerosis.
Doctor Goodman is a past Chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Section of the AAN. He has served the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in a variety of capacities including Co-Chair of the National Long-term Care Committee, member of the National Client Education Committee, and member of the Executive Committee of the National Clinical Advisory Board. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He served as a resident in internal medicine and neurology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City and as a Medical Staff Fellow in the Neuroimmunology Branch at the National Institutes of Health intramural program in Bethesda, Maryland.
Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH
Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH is Global Therapeutic Area Lead for Migraine & Headache, Teva Pharmaceuticals. He is Board certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine. He is a leader in organized medicine on the national, state, and local level, currently serving as Trustee of the New York County Medical Society. He is a past president of that Society, and on the governing Council of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY).
He has also worked extensively with non-profits dedicated to improving public health. Since 2013, he has served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Association Foundation . He was a founding Board member of the Nan Lightstone Foundation whose mission is to support research and public education on infectious diseases and is former Co-chair of The Trevor Project NextGen, supporting that organization’s work to provide suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to LGBTQ youth.
Doctor Cohen completed his undergraduate training at Harvard University, medical school at the New York University School of Medicine, and his neurology residency at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute. He also trained at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health where he received his Masters of Public Health. He completed his headache fellowship at The Headache Institute and a mini-fellowship in pediatric headache at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He is the recipient of multiple awards and accolades, including the American Headache Society (AHS)/Merck US Human Health Scholarship Award, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Harvard University Derek Bok Center Teaching Award.
Charles C. Esenwa, MD
Doctor Charles C. Esenwa is Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and clinical stroke neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center. Doctor Esenwa attended medical school at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and completed a residency in neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York, where he also served as chief resident and a fellow in vascular neurology. While at Columbia, he completed formal training in neuroepidemiology under an NIH T32 grant.
He is dedicated to humanistic patient care and is the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award, and the Neurological Institute’s Daniel Sciarra Patient Care and Humanism Award.
He has published on acute stroke management, stroke risk factors, secondary stroke prevention and stroke disparities, and is interested in advancing health care delivery to underserved populations on the local, national, and international levels.
John A. Ferro, MD, M.S.Ed
Doctor John A. Ferro is a clinical neurologist currently practicing with the Rockland Neurological Associates in West Nyack, New York. He is an Attending Neurologist at Nyack Hospital and the Director of the Stroke Center at Nyack Hospital. He is also the Vice Chairman of the General Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology.
Doctor Ferro received his B.S. from Fairfield University and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Doctor Ferro received residency training at Cornell/New York Hospital and fellowship training at Cornell-Hospital for Special Surgery in neurophysiology/EMG. He also has a M.S. in Education from Iona College.
Doctor Ferro has worked in a variety of positions during his career including in a multi-specialty practice, as a neurohospitalist, as a solo practitioner, and currently in a single specialty group of six neurologists.
Elliott G. Gross, MD, FAAN
Sweta Goel, MD
Sweta Goel, MD is a neurologist at Bon Secours Neurology in Suffern, New York. She practices as a general neurologist with special interest in neuropathies, neuromuscular junction disorders and myopathies. She is a graduate of the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India. She served her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and was a Fellow in Clinical Neurophysiology at Columbia University Medical Center. Doctor Goel is a board certified neurologist who in addition is certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Her research includes work on hematoma and edema volumes and their progression on CT scans and the relationship between clinical outcome in stroke patients and physiological variables.
Lindsey L. Lair, MD
Lindsey Lee Lair, MD is a Global Director of Medical Affairs at Merck. Doctor Lair is a board certified neurologist and autonomic specialist and has been a member of the New York State Neurological Society since 2008. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College where she teaches biomedical ethics. Doctor Lair is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), American Autonomic Society (AAS), and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). She was a founding member of the AAN BrainPAC and has been active in advocacy with the AAN through Neurology on the Hill and the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum where she participated as both a member and subsequently as an adviser.
Melissa Rayhill, MD
Melissa Rayhill, MD is a neurologist and headache specialist who is Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo. She is board certified, with an additional certification from the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties in Headache Medicine. Doctor Rayhill is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and served her residency at the Boston University/Boston Medical Center. She did a Harvard Headache Medicine Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Nilay Shah, MD
Doctor Nilay Shah is a clinical neurologist with special interest in Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis. DoctorShah received his bachelors degree at Cornell University, followed by his medical degree at St. George’s University. He then completed his training in Neurology at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, followed by further subspeciality training in Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Pittsburgh-Presbyterian Medical Center.
Doctor Shah has helped to establish several MS support groups in Upstate New York, where he continues to remain an active member of the MS community. He currently serves as an Advisor to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – New York Chapter. He also helped to found the New York State Neurological Society, of which he is now a member of the Board of Directors.
Doctor Shah also serves as the Medical Director for the Brain Research Institute of NY and NJ. He has created several technology startups, and sits on the board of several non-profits organizations as well as the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Ballet.
In his philanthropic efforts, Doctor Shah has helped to provide major donations to seed the formation of two hospitals, each serving underserved communities of over 100,00 people. Dr. Shah aided in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and is currently working on additional projects for the disenfranchised and poor of the world.
In his personal time, Doctor Shah enjoys exploring cultures throughout the world and has traveled to over sixty countries. He also enjoys biking, downhill skiing, and scuba diving. More about Doctor Shah can be found at: www.nilayshah.md
Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, FAAN
Doctor Amit M. Shelat is an attending neurologist with Medsurant Health where he practices intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM). He currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
In addition, he is the Vice Chairman of the New York State Medical Board. As member of the State Medical Board, Doctor Shelat is responsible for helping to create public health policies that affect the licensure and practice of medicine in New York State. Doctor Shelat is also appointed to the Board for Professional Medical Conduct of the New York State Department of Health where he is responsible for reviewing matters related to professional misconduct and physician discipline that are being investigated by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC).
Doctor Shelat received his medical doctorate from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training in neurology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. In addition to his doctorate, he also holds a Master of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard University and the Master of Public Administration in Health Policy and Management from New York University. Doctor Shelat completed his undergraduate studies at New York University where he graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and with departmental honors in psychology.
Doctor Shelat is certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.
Doctor Shelat is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN), the American College of Physicians (FACP), the New York Academy of Medicine (FNYAM), the Federation of State Medical Boards (FFSMB) and the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners (FAAOE).