Department of Neurology Faculty

Bella, Isabelita
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Bella has a special interest in the clinical, electromyographic, and pathological aspects of neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Bella is the primary investigator at UMass for the multicenter study "Arrhythmias in Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy."
Sheldon Benjamin, Sheldon
  Dr. Benjamin is Director of Neuropsychiatry, Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry, and Co-director of the UMass Combined Psychiatry/Neurology Residency Program.

Bosco, Daryl
  Elucidating the factors involved in sporadic ALS and investigating protein mis-function associated with neurodegenerative disease 


Brown, Robert
Professor of Neurology
Chair, Neurology
  Dr. Brown’s laboratory has focused on the identification of gene defects that elucidate the molecular pathogenesis of selected neuromuscular diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), muscular dystrophy, adrenoleukodystrophy, hereditary neuropathy and hyperkalemic periodic paralysis. Knowledge of theses disease genes has facilitated the creation of mouse and cell-based models of these disorders. In turn, these resources have allowed study of therapeutic strategies using conventional small molecule approaches and new modalities such as inhibitory RNAi.

Chu, Felicia
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Chu is an Epileptologist who cares for patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings.


Carandang, Raphael
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Carandang is a neurointensivist and stroke neurologist who provides acute emergent and critical care for patients with ischemic stroke and other devastating neurological diseases like traumatic brain injury, cerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage. His research interests include cerebral edema, subarachnoid hemorrhage, CNS vasculitis, stroke epidemiology and traumatic brain injury. He is studying post-traumatic cerebral edema and its possible genetic determinants and is co-investigator of Outcome Prognostication in Traumatic Brain Injury (OPTIMISM) study and the randomized clinical trial studying Dantrolene for cerebral vasospasm in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage among others. He is also co-founder of the New England Neurocritical Care Consortium that seeks to promote collaborative research in neurocritical care diseases in the region.

Damon-Minow, Jill
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Damon-Minow is a clinical neuropsychologist with a broad interest in Neuropsychology.


Dessureau, Brian
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry
  Dr. Dessureau has clinical interests in the neuropsychological assessment of adults and children; geriatric neuropsychology, and life-span developmental psychology.

Dominov, Janice
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Investigates neuromuscular diseases with an emphasis on congenital and other muscular dystrophies, cell death mechanisms and inflammatory pathway regulation.


Drachman, David
Professor of Neurology
Studies of Alzheimer's disease, the neurology of aging.


Eisenstock, Jordan
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
  Dr. Eisenstock is a Neurologist and Psychiatrist with broad interests in Neuropsychiatry. Dr. Eisenstock directs the neurorehabilitation program at Fairlawn Rehab.


Esteves, Miguel
Associate Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Esteves is a neuroscientist with interested in gene therapy to help treat neurodegenerative diseases.


Gao, Fen-Biao
  Dr. Gao uses multidisciplinary approaches from fly models to patient-specific iPS cells to understand molecular pathogenesis of frontotemporal dementia and related disorders.


Garg, Neeta
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Garg specializes in the care of patients with multiple sclerosis, with research interests focused on the analysis of autoantibodies and vitamin D metabolism in multiple sclerosis. 


Ginns, Edward
Clinical Professor of Pathology, Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry
  Program in Medical Genetics; Lysosomal Storage Disorders; Ellis-van Creveld syndrome; Search for Genes Involved in Manic Depressive Illness in the Old Order Amish; Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory.


Goddeau, Richard
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Goddeau is a Vascular (Stroke) Neurologist with a special interest in acute ischemic stroke therapies, intracerebral hemorrhage, and the role of inflammation in stroke incidence and recurrence. He serves as director both of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship and of the Stroke Program’s Quality and Patient Safety initiative for the Neurology Department.


Hall, Wiley
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Hall is a neurointensivist caring for critically ill patients, including those with intracranial hemorrhage, cerebral edema, traumatic brain injury and neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Hall is the director of the NeuroICU and TeleStroke Services.


Hayward, Lawrence
Professor of Neurology and Physiology
Motor Neuron Disease Mechanisms; Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis: a Muscle Ion Channel Disorder.


Henninger, Nils
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Henninger is a Vascular Neurologist with a strong research interest in the neurobiology of axonal injury associated with traumatic brain injury and ischemic stroke and its contribution to functional outcome.


Indic, Prem


Ionete, Carolina
Associate Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Ionete is a clinical neuroimmunologist and educator with special interests including clinical trials in multiple sclerosis and other autoimmnune neurological diseases, and neurological complications of HIV infections. She chairs the Neurology Department's education committee.


Landers, John
Genetics of Familial and Sporadic ALS.


Markley, Herbert

Mitchell, Ann
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Mitchell has clinical interests in sleep and memory disorders.


Moodie, Jennifer
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Moodie is a Neuroimmunologist with clinical interest in Multiple Sclerosis. She also serves as the co-director of the Neurology Clinical Clerkship.


Moonis, Majaz
Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
  Dr. Moonis is Director of Stroke Services and the Stroke Prevention Program.


Muehlschlegel, Susanne
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Muehlschlegel is a neurointensivist devoted to improving the care of patients with catastrophic neurological injuries. Her research interests concentrate on outcome prognostication in Neurocritical care, particularly in moderate-severe traumatic brain injury. She is the principal investigator for several research studies at the UMASS Neuro-Intensive care unit (NeuroICU), including the Outcome Prognostication in Traumatic Brain Injury (OPTIMISM) Study. In addition, she is the site-principal investigator for clinical trials involving subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage and large ischemic strokes with severe brain edema.


Novak, Peter
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  As Director of the Autonomic Testing Laboratory, Dr. Novak's clinical and research interests are focused on autonomic and movement disorders.

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Ayo (Margaret) Owegi
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Owegi specializes in neuromuscular disorders in adults. She focuses on the diagnosis and management of motor neuron diseases such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophies, myopathies and peripheral neuropathies. Dr. Owegi graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her neurology residency training and neuromuscular disease fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Paydarfar, David
Professor of Neurology and Physiology
Vice Chair of Neurology
  Our research is devoted to understanding the neural control of autonomic functions. Specific areas of interest are the genesis of respiratory rhythm, the coordination of breathing and swallowing and the maintenance of circulation during upright posture. We seek to understand how normal control mechanisms break down and lead to certain disease states, e.g. central apnea, neurogenic aspiration, and neurally mediated syncope. Neurophysiological techniques are used in experiments on animal models, healthy humans and patients.


Phillips, Catherine
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Phillips specializes in the management of refractory seizures, surgical treatment of epilepsy, and in all aspects of electroencephalography and epilepsy.


Pollen, Daniel
Professor of Neurology and Physiology
  Our major interest is in defining some of the neural correlates of visual perception and the sense of self as necessary first steps towards trying to understand how such knowledge may ultimately lead to an explanation of perception, mind, behavior and our identity as sentient beings. One aspect of work in this respect has been to define the functional significance of and interactions between the feed forward and feedback projections in the primate visual system. Our work to date has been focused on the electrophysiological studies of the primate visual system, but we are planning to extend our interests to related fMRI work in human subjects with selected disturbances of higher visual functions such as parietal neglect syndromes, agnosias and hemiachromatopsia.


Pomorska, Grazyna
Assistant Professor of Neurology.


Qin, Lan
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Qin is a general clinical neurologist with special interests in neurophysiology, electrodiagnosis, neuromuscular disease and epilepsy. Dr. Qin is the Neurology Clerkship Director.


Quinn, Colin
Instructor in Neurology
  Dr. Quinn is a neuromuscular specialist with a particular research interest in clinical trials in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).


Ramzan, Muhammad
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Ramzan is a general clinical neurologist with special interests in neurophysiology, electrodiagnosis, neuromuscular disease, cerebrovascular disease, stroke and epilepsy.


Ravin, Paula
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
  Our Movement Disorder Center is involved in clinical trials involving neuroimaging of Parkinsonian disorders and in new drug therapies for Parkinson's disease.


Riskind, Peter
Clinical Professor of Neurology
  The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at UMass Memorial Health Care participates in many clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of drugs and treatments for MS. Currently it is the site of several different clinical trials involving patients with Relapsing Remitting and Primary Progressive MS. We are involved in trials to prevent the future worsening of MS, and to improve the quality of life of our patients.


Salameh, Johnny
Associate Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Salameh is a Neuromuscular medicine specialist and Stroke Neurologist. He serves as the Director of the Neuromuscular Division, EMG laboratory and NEALS Research at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Salameh's special interests are in ALS, Myasthenia Gravis, clinical neurophysiology, muscular dystrophy and clinical research trials in neuromuscular disorders. He is the Neurology Residency Program Director.


Salurand, Ellen
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Salurand is a general clinical neurologist with special interest in dementia.


Sargent, Jane
Clinical Professor of Neurology and Surgery
  Dr. Sargent is a general clinical neurologist, including neuro-ophthalmology, neuromuscular disease, and electromyography.


Savla, Lalit


Schwartz, William
Professor of Neurology
  Mammalian Circadian Clock


Sodha, Naren
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Sodha has special interest in electrodiagnosis, stroke, and neuromuscular diseases.


Sundar, Banu
Assistant Professor in Neurology
  Dr. Sundar is a general neurologist who sees patients with a wide spectrum of neurologic disorders.


Swearer, Joan
Clinical Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
  Dr. Swearer is a clinical neuropsychologist. Research interests include clinical features and treatment of dementing illnesses, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.


Vydrin, Mikhail
Assistant Professor of Neurology
  Dr. Vydrin is a general clinical neurologist with special interests in memory impairment, insomnia, geriatric neurology, headache, and psychosomatic disorders. Dr. Vydrin is an ABPN Board certified Diplomate in the subspecialty of Sleep Medicine.

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