Medical Advisory Board
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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
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.
Carlos Ramirez-Calderon, MD
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.
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
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.
Dimitrios Karussis - Professor
Professor Dmitrius Karussis, a Senior Neurologist at Hadassah and the Director of the new Multiple Sclerosis Center, worked in collaboration with the University of Athens, and with Professor Shimon Slavin, the Former Director of the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) and the BMT Laboratory at Hadassah. The scientists successfully isolated mesenchymal stem cells from the patients' bone marrow, cultured them under special conditions, and generated over 50 million stem cells within two months. The mesenchymal cells were marked so that the scientists could track them and verify that they reach the intended destination in the patient's body. The cells were then transplanted by a lumbar injection into the patient's spinal cord (into the spinal fluid of the CNS). Each patient served as his/her own bone marrow donor.
According to Professor Karussis, the effectiveness of stem cells was initially studied in laboratory animals, where it was found that stem cells from bone marrow can reduce cerebral damage and improve the animal's functioning. During the past two years Professor Karussis has conducted clinical trials with 9 patients suffering from multiple sclerosis and with 16 patients suffering from ALS. "Most of the patients who underwent this process report an improvement in their condition," Professor Karussis said. The purpose of this initial trial was to identify undesired effects of the procedure. So far, no major safety issues have been encountered. However, a controlled larger scale clinical trial should be conducted in order to establish the safety and efficacy of the treatment.
Donald Negroski, MD
Harvey R. Samowitz, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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.
Jacob L. McCauley, Ph.D
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
Matthew J. Baker, M.D.
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
Megan Weigel, DNP, ARNP-C, MSCN
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.
Scott L. Gold, M.D.
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.