Board of Directors

Allan B. Perel, MD, FAAN



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, FAAN

Vice President/President-Elect

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Doctor Matthew S. Robbins is the neurology residency program director at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell.  He earned his B.S. from Yale University and his M.D. from SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his neurology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center, where he was chief resident and then completed a headache fellowship. After nearly a decade on faculty at Montefiore-Einstein in a variety of roles, he joined the Cornell faculty in 2018.

Doctor  Robbins is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Headache Society (AHS), where he serves on the Board of Directors and directs all resident education programming including the national Resident Education Program. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Neurological Society. He is an associate editor, Resident and Fellow section co-editor, and social media editor for Headache.  He regularly presents at scientific meetings and has published widely on topics including headache procedures, headache in pregnancy and the elderly, cluster headache, new daily persistent headache, unusual primary and secondary headache disorders, unusual forms of migraine aura, and neurologic education.

He has won the Members’ Choice Award for the best publication in Headache, the Above and Beyond Award from the AHS, and an AB Baker Teacher Recognition Award from the AAN.  He has led organizational initiatives related to headache including guidelines and quality measures.  He is an active participant in patient advocacy activities including Headache on the Hill, and is a graduate of the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum of the AAN, where he has also served as an advisor.

Melissa Rayhill, MD



Melissa Rayhill, MD is a neurologist and headache specialist who is a 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, FAAN



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:

Mill Etienne, MD, MPH, FAAN, FANA, FAES

Immediate Past President


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 Vice Chancellor for Diversity and inclusion and associate dean of student affairs at New York Medical College, where he is also Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine.  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 is the founding director of the Epilepsy Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he also served as director of the Autonomic Nervous System Studies Laboratory. 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.

Fawaz Al–Mufti,  MD

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Doctor Fawaz Al–Mufti is Associate Chair of Neurology for Research, Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Associate Director of the Neuroendovascular Surgery Fellowship, and Neuroendovascular Surgery Attending and Medical Director of Neurocritical Care at the Westchester Medical Center. Doctor Al–Mufti is one of the few triple–trained Neurologist, Neurointensivist, and Neuroendovascular Surgeons in the country. His research expertise is primarily in subarachnoid hemorrhage and acute ischemic stroke. He strives to synergize his clinical training and research interests; to gain in depth understanding of devastating neurological diseases and to improve patient outcomes by applying early identification of novel treatment targets while enabling innovations in precision medicine.

Doctor Al–Mufti is a member of the board of the Society of the Vascular and Interventional Neurology and member of the core executive committee of Mission Thrombectomy 2020, a non-profit organization advocating for making mechanical thrombectomy available on a global level. He has over 100 research publications, abstracts, book chapters and has presented at numerous reputable scientific meetings. He is also a recipient of the prestigious CNS/AANS Cerebrovascular Fellow’s Award by the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons.

Andrew D. Goodman, MD, FAAN, FANA 


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.

Sweta Goel, MD

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Sweta Goel, MD is a board–certified neurologist and the founder of Prime Neurology, a clinical practice located in Hackensack, NJ that is devoted to neurological care of patients in the community and surrounding areas. She is also an Assistant Professor at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and works with residents and medical students when on service there. Over years of practice she continues to enjoy what she does and the whole gamut of neurological issues fall under the realm of her interests. She received her medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India. Her internship training was at University of Louisville, KY. Prior to pursuing her internship training, Doctor Goel was involved in stroke research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center–Harvard Medical School, and at University of Washington, Seattle. 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. She completed her neurology residency training at University of Texas Medical Center in Houston and was chosen to be one of the chief residents. At the time
of graduation from her residency program she received the Frank M Yatsu Award for excellence in clinical neurology as well as excellence in teaching award. She was also a department representative for the Resident Patient Safety and Quality Committee. She co–authored a book chapter on Tardive Dyskinesia during her time there. She went on to complete her fellowship training in neurophysiology at Columbia University, NY.

Prior to launching Prime Neurology Doctor Goel worked at a community hospital in NY and was on the quality improvement committee and ethics subcommittee during her time there.

Doctor Goel is a board certified neurologist who in addition is certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Lindsey L. Lair, MD, FAAN

Lindsey Lee Lair, MD

Lindsey Lee Lair, MD, MBA, FAAN is a board-certified neurologist and autonomic specialist and has been a member of the New York State Neurological Society since 2008. Droctor. Lair is Vice President, Clinical Development at Biohaven and prior to that held various leadership roles in Experimental Medicine and Global Medical Affairs at Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and Merck. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College where she teaches biomedical ethics. Dr. Lair is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), American Autonomic Society (AAS), American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), and a member of Chief. She was a founding member of the AAN BrainPAC and has been active in advocacy with the AAN.

Stephanie Oh, MD, PhD


Doctor Stephanie Oh is a neurology resident at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill–Cornell. She completed her B.S. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received her M.D. and Ph.D. from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Princeton University MD/PhD Program.

Doctor Oh is an alumnus of the Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and has served as a policy research fellow for Human Services (HHS)/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in Washington D.C. She serves as the Resident and Fellows representative on the NYSNS Board.

Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, FAAN

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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).

Gil I. Wolfe, MD,  FAAN 


Doctor  Gil I. Wolfe is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the 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 a 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.

Elliott G. Gross, MD, FAAN

President Emeritus 

Doctor Elliott G. Gross is the Founding President of the New York State Neurological Society, and a Consulting Neurologist, Educator and Researcher.

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