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MS Views and News, Inc.

Medical Advisory Committee

Members of our advisory board have voluntarily committed their support to the organization.  Advisory board members are available to the organization in order to help develop programs which benefit the MS community.  As an organization devoted to education and communication, our professional advisors provide comments and suggestions which enable our leaders to develop long range plans.. 

Advisory board members are listed in alphabetical sequence by first name. (Chairpersons preceed the list.)

 

Brian Steingo, MD, Chair Medical Advisory Committee

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Brian Steingo, MD – Neurology
Co-Chair MS Views and News Medical Advisory Committee

Board certified neurologist, with a special interest in Multiple Sclerosis. 

Director of the Fort Lauderdale MS Center

Brian Steingo, M.D. is a Neurologist with over 25 years of experience, specializing in Multiple Sclerosis. He is the Director of the Ft. Lauderdale MS Center, an affiliate of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society which is located in Pompano Beach.  Dr. Steingo is the Chairman of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the South Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as a  member of the Board of Trustees. Additionally, he serves on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Steingo is one of the lead investigators in numerous MS clinical  research trials in South Florida. These trials have addressed MS drug therapies currently on the market and many innovative ones in the pipeline.

 

Jack S. Burks, MD, Board Liason

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Jack S. Burks, MD, is an international leader in multiple sclerosis, neurology, and chronic disease management. For more than 40 years, he has been involved in comprehensive care, research, and education in multiple sclerosis. Currently, Dr. Burks is Chief Medical Officer of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; President of Burks & Associates Health Care & Education Consultants, Plantation, Florida; and Clinical Professor of Neurology, College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, Florida. A graduate, with honors, from West Virginia University, School of Medicine, he continued his training in Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and Neurology at the University of Colorado.
 
Following a postdoctoral fellowship in virology and immunology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Burks was a founder and president of one of the nation’s first comprehensive MS centers, the Rocky Mountain MS Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Subsequently he was a founder of the Colorado Neurological Institute in Englewood, Colorado, which included over 100 neuroscientists, 3 hospitals, and 23 tertiary neuroscience programs. Later, he was a founder and Medical Director of the Renown Institute for Neurosciences, Reno, Nevada, and Clinical Professor of Neurology, at the University of Nevada, School of Medicine.
 
Dr. Burks has been a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Neurology, leading its chronic disease management initiative. He was a founder and President of the American Society for Neurological Rehabilitation and a founder/board member of the Consortium of MS Centers. He has been a member of the National Medical Advisory Committee of the National MS Society. Dr. Burks is a member of the American Neurological Association, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physician Executives. He has written and edited textbooks on multiple sclerosis management and research, including Multiple Sclerosis: Diagnosis, Medical Management and Rehabilitation, and published over 200 scientific articles, abstracts, and reviews. He has been a medical and scientific consultant to many healthcare related companies, Universities, MS Centers, and Neuroscience Institutes. He has lectured to healthcare professionals, patients, and the public in over 40 countries on six continents.
 
 

 

Carlos Ramirez-Calderon, MD

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Doctor Ramirez-Calderon specializes in Specialist with expertise in this area. He is a highly experienced doctor, with 34 years of practice in the field Patients rate Him 2.5 out of 4 stars. They point out the time he spends with them. Is affiliated with these top rated hospitals. Graduated from University of Guadalajara. He completed his fellowship at Vet Affairs Medical Center in 1991. His average waiting time is 21 minutes. He accepts new patients. There are several languages spoken in the office. He has a number of insurance plans accepted. Use Vitals.com to examine Doctor Carlos M Ramirez-Calderon from Miami, Florida.

 

 

 

Cherie C. Binns, R.N.

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Cherie is not only a registered nurse who happens to have MS, she is also one of about 1000 nurses world wide who is classified as  a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC)  and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN).  She has been an RN since 1973, was diagnosed in 1994, and received her MSCN Certification in 2003.  Since 1999, Cherie has operated a home based Patient Advocacy business helping people identify the questions needed to be asked of their Health Care Team.   Additionally, she fields questions from people with MS from all over the globe when it comes to symptom management, side effects of medications used for Multiple Sclerosis, and diet and exercise tips for the person living with a chronic illness.

Considering ongoing education as important in managing her multiple sclerosis as diet and exercise and an appropriate medication regimen, she takes advantage of continuing educational programs on an often weekly basis.  A regular morning routine is to review the top medical headlines of the day and she, as a result, is able to regularly forward information to be posted on MS Views and News.

Married to David for 37 years, she has two married adult daughters and four grandchildren  who live within a couple of  hours of her.  Cherie and David enjoy sailing,  theater, travel, and time with the family.  

 

 

Daniel Kantor, MD

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Daniel Kantor, MD is the President of the Florida Society of Neurology, Secretary of the Duval County Medical Society, a member of the Council on Legislation of the Florida Medical Association (FMA), the founder of the Neuroscience Caucus at the FMA, a member of the Florida delegation to the American Medical Association and a member of the reference committee on legislation for the 2011 AMA interim meeting. In 2011, FL Governor Rick Scott appointed Dr. Kantor as the first neurologist to sit on the FL Agency for Healthcare Administration (Medicaid) Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee.
 
 
In 2010-2011, Dr. Kantor was selected for the inaugural FMA Leadership Academy and has served as a faculty member for the American Academy of Neurology’s Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum. Dr. Kantor won the 2011 Philip Gilbert Young Physician Leadership Award from the Duval County Medical Society.
 
Dr. Kantor is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English (Literary Theory) and a B.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering. His training in Global Health and Medicine prepared him for his development of the patient-centered Multiple Sclerosis Team Approach Rule (M*STAR) and his patient engagement in the Multiple Sclerosis Patient Network (MSPN). He is a founding member of the Florida NeuroAlliance, an innovative program bringing together patients, carepartners, physicians and nonprofits, with the goal of advocating together across traditional disease states. He is on the Medical Advisory Board of the MS Foundation and is on the Advocacy Committee of the FL chapter of the ALS Association.
 
Dr. Kantor used his extensive computer experience to pioneer real-time online social media reporting of international scientific meetings, thus further heightening the role of physician as patient educator (see: http://conferenceceneter.msworld.org). Dr. Kantor founded the  SouthEastern MS Consortium (seMSc), in order to allow clinicians in both academia and the community to work together to advance education, research and clinical care – especially in rural, underserved areas. Dr. Kantor is the Chair of the Education Committee and a board member of the Southern Headache Society.
 
Dr. Kantor is board certified in both Neurology and Headache Medicine and is the team neurologist for the Jacksonville Axemen (rugby), Sharks (arena football) and Atlantic Coast High School; he is a licensed ringside physician in the State of Florida. 
 
He testified before the FL Senate in 2012 regarding HB 291 and is currently the Chair of the Concussion Subcommittee of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the Florida High School Athletics Association. He is a member of the Northeast Florida Regional Concussion Taskforce and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Sports Neurology Section and a board member of the Seeing Stars Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting research, awareness, and education on sports related concussion and sports related neurological injuries.
 
Dr. Kantor is the medical director of Neurologique Foundation, Inc., an organization dedicated to patient-centered neurologic care, education, and research. Formerly he was an assistant professor and the Director of the University of Florida and Shands Jacksonville Comprehensive MS Center. Dr. Kantor has served as the principal investigator on numerous research international trials, in addition to developing his own research protocols in MS and migraine. He serves as a reviewer for multiple peer reviewed journals, including Neurology and he is the former assistant editor of the Journal of Molecular Recognition.

 

Donald Negroski, MD

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Negrosky

Dr. Negroski received his residency and fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he was Chief Resident in Neurology.  In 1986 he began his private practice in Sarasota, Florida, and continues to have an excellent reputation among the medical community.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University and has served as Medical Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Sarasota and the Parkinson Outreach Program for the National Parkinson Foundation.  He has served as Chief of Staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Professional memberships include Sarasota County Medical Society, American Academy of Neurology, Southern Neurological Society, the American Society of Neuroimaging and a founding  member of the MS Centers of Florida Foundation.  Dr. Negroski has been listed yearly in Top Doctors in 
America and America’s Top Physicians over the past decade.  He has numerous publications, papers, and has spoken nationally and internationally.  He is  actively involved in research and serves as the Principal Investigator for several pivotal MS clinical trials.

 

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Harvey R. Samowitz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Dr. Harvey R. Samowitz, was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Duke University with a double major in Biology and Philosophy. His interests in Medical Ethics led him to establish Students to Advance Bioethics and organize the National Undergraduate Conference on Medical Ethics.  

Dr Samowitz graduated from the University of Connecticut Medical School, 
and attended residency training in General Surgery at the University of Chicago/Michael Reese Hospital and then Stanford university in Anatomic Pathology.
 
Dr Samowitz has special expertise in the areas of urinary disorders, women’s health and male infertility.
He is a recognized expert and innovator in the field of Male Fertility, having developed a minimally invasive procedure known as Percutaneious Extraction of Testicular Sperm (PETS).  He also developed a nutritional supplement to aid in fertility. 
He is also the Founder and Director of The Pelvic and Voiding Disorders Clinic providing a comprehensive approach in the evaluation and management of patients with significant pelvic, urinary and sexual symptoms. When not practicing, Dr Samowitz spends time with his wife, twin daughters and friends. He enjoys traveling, water skiing, scuba diving, tennis..all that South Florida has to offer.
 

Jacob L. McCauley, Ph.D

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Jacob L. McCauley, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and the Director of the Biorepository at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. Dr. McCauley is a genetic epidemiologist whose primary interest is to improve the understanding of human disease through disease gene discovery, genomics, and in-depth examination of environmental factors that influence disease outcome. His research focuses on the use of molecular techniques, bioinformatics, and statistical methods to identify genetic variation and to characterize its role in disease susceptibility within a variety of diseases. Dr. McCauley has been involved in studying a variety of complex human diseases including autism, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

 

 

Matthew D Kay, MD

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Neuro-Ophthalmologist
 
Dr. Kay received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Illinois, his medical training at Temple University, and his neuro-ophthalmoloy fellowship at the world renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He then served as a full-time faculty member at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami prior to inintiating the first full-time private practice devoted exclusively to neuro-ophthalmology to cover the tri-county area in Southeast Florida,
 
Dr. Kay frequently teaches and lectures to practicing ophthalmologists, optometrists, residents, and students. Dr. Kay has helped create the neuro-ophthalmology study curriculum for practicing ophthalmologists who are studying to maintain their Board certification and annually co-teaches the neuro-ophthalmology portion of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's MOC Review Course. 
 
 

Matthew J. Baker, M.D.

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Medical Degree: University of South Florida College of Medicine

Neurology Residency: University of South Florida College of Medicine

Medical Internship: University of South Florida College of Medicine 

Board Certified: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

 

 

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Megan Weigel, DNP, ARNP-C, MSCN

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Megan Weigel is an advanced registered nurse practitioner who has been practicing neurology for 15 years and has been a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Certified Nurse for 10 of those.  She currently works at Baptist Neurology, in Jacksonville Beach, FL, where she specializes in the care of people living with MS.  She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Florida in 2009, with a research focus on preventive health care in people living with MS.  Dr. Weigel was chosen as one of Jacksonville’s “40 Under 40” by the Jacksonville Business Journal in 2010, received an Outstanding Young Alumnus award from the University of Florida in 2010, and was recently recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses of North Florida.  She is the President Elect of the International Organization of MS Nurses and serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of MS Care.  She is a member of the North Florida chapter of the National MS Society’s Clinical Advisory Committee, and acts as their Research Advocate.  She is an active speaker in the country, both to patients and health care providers, on topics related to the care of people living with MS.  Megan is the cofounder of oMS Yoga, a non-profit organization that creates free yoga classes for people living with MS.  She is a surfer, runner, yogi, and avid reader who loves to travel and create connections that enhance the lives of people living with MS.  

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Scott L. Gold, M.D.

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A board certified neurologist since 1984, serving Brevard County for 19 years, Dr. Gold has given special focus to the treatment of patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Having an aunt die, following several difficult years of disability, Dr. Gold has a personal interest in treating MS patients. Dr. Gold values the mission of the MS Centers of Florida Foundation as an opportunity to assist the MS patient face the many challenges of the disease. The MS Centers Network of physicians provides a unique opportunity to engage in clinical research for MS. Born in Irvington, New Jersey, Dr. Gold graduated from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He completed his internship at Salem Hospital in Salem, Massachusetts and his Neurology residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he held the position of Chief Resident.

Dr. Gold served as the President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida from 1990 – 1995. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Brevard County Medical Association, Florida Society of Neurology, American Academy of Neurology, National Stroke Association, American Heart Association, American Headache Society, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 

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