Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center

Meet Our Team

MS team outisde Healy Hall.

Clinical Staff

Faria Amjad, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Director, Spasticity Clinic
Director of Clinical Research, Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Immunology Center

Dr. Amjad is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her medicine internship at St. Agnes Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland followed by a neurology residency at Georgetown University Hospital. She then completed a two year clinical fellowship in multiple sclerosis at Georgetown. She is an attending physician in the Department of Neurology and Director of the Spasticity Clinic along with being the Director of MS Clinical Trials. She has a special interest in the use of intrathecal baclofen pumps and botulinum toxin for the treatment of spasticity.

Nancy Hu, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Core Team, Multiple Sclerosis Patient Centered Specialty Practice
Co-Director, Neurology Clerkship, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Dr. Hu grew up in Montgomery County, MD. And she has remained local aside from her time at UCLA for her undergraduate studies. She earned her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2013 and completed her Neurology Residency at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in 2017. She was named Chief Resident for Outreach, and her excellence in medical student teaching and mentorship was recognized with the Hugh H. Hussey Award. She now also serves as the director for the Neurology clerkship for Georgetown University Medical School. Dr. Hu completed her fellowship training in Neuro-lmmunology and Multiple Sclerosis at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in June 2018. She remains active in the core team of the Multiple Sclerosis Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) at the Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro-lmmunology Center, dedicating efforts to healthcare access, communication, and care coordination.

Erika Mitchell, DNP
Nursing Director, Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neurimmunology Center
Erika has been with the Georgetown MS Center since 2004 and serves as its Nursing Director.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Nursing degree from George Mason University and received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2004 from George Mason University and George Washington University. Before joining the Georgetown MS Center, she spent many years in critical care and emergency medicine. She currently holds board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the ANCC and teaches part-time in the Georgetown University School of Nursing.  She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN). Erika earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in December 2016 from Georgetown University.

Carlos A. Mora, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Director of Education, Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center
Co-Director, Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship Program

Dr. Mora obtained his MD degree at Universidad del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia, before receiving training in neurology at Fundacion Instituto Neurologico de Colombia and The George Washington University Medical Center and before conducting basic and clinical research in neurovirology and neuroimmunology at the NIH-Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. A strong source of motivation leading Dr. Mora to focus his practice on the field of multiple sclerosis (MS) came up based on the resilience model of his native city (Medellin, Colombia) by “putting faith and having hope for recovery and healing when, and where, nobody else did”. More than three decades after having known how difficult it was to diagnose and treat MS in the early nineteen-eighties, Dr. Mora now feels strongly confident diagnosing and treating patients with novel and established therapies for MS and offering patients a realistic and positive panorama of what MS therapies offer nowadays. A believer in progress through team-work, Dr. Mora has been a member of the Georgetown MS Center since 2004.

Benjamin J. Osborne, MD
Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology and Ophthamology
Director, Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Clinic
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinic
Co-Director, Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship Program

Dr. Osborne has an interest in disorders of vision due to neurologic disease, such as multiple sclerosis, optic neuritis, stroke, neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and pseudotumor cerebri.  Dr. Osborne completed his residency in neurology at Georgetown University Hospital and did a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Scheie Eye Institute.  He has been an attending physician at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital since 2006 and currently serves as Director of the Neuromyelitis Optica and Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinics.

Bethany Schreiber, NP
Nursing Director, Multiple Sclerosis Medical Education
Bethany joined the Georgetown MS Center in 2006 and currently serves as Nursing Director of MS Medical Education. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organization Development degree from Vanderbilt University in 2000 and a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2001. Bethany’s career has focused on adult critical care and care of the neurological patient. Currently, she specializes in evaluating and treating patients with multiple sclerosis. Bethany is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN).

Robert K. Shin, MD
Professor, Department of Neurology
Director, Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center

Dr. Shin received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He completed a neurology residency and a multiple sclerosis fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Scheie Eye Institute. Prior to joining the Georgetown MS Center, Dr. Shin was a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (2002 to 2014), where he received multiple awards and commendations for his teaching and clinical excellence. Dr. Shin has a special interest in visual problems associated with multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating disorders, including optic neuritis and double vision.

Cynthia I. Shuster, RN, MSN
Clinical Coordinator, Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center

Susan Stuart, MSN, FNP-BC, MSCN
Nursing  Director, Multiple Sclerosis Patient Centered Specialty Home
Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Susan has 20 years of experience in the University of Virginia Health System. She started in the neuroscience intensive care unit and then teamed with a leading neurosurgeon, focusing on brain and complex spine pathology. Since coming to Northern Virginia in 2013, Susan has had the opportunity to care for a diverse community, providing home health services, then joined a private practice team led by an MS specialist, becoming a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse.  Susan joined the Georgetown MS Center in January 2016 and is focused on providing the highest level of care to MS patients as Nursing Director of the MS Patient Centered Specialty Home.

Carlo Tornatore, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology
Executive Director, Multiple Sclerosis Patient Centered Specialty Practice
Co-Director, Neurology Clerkship, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Dr. Tornatore has been a part of the medical center at Georgetown for 35 years.  He graduated from the School of Medicine in 1986, following which he completed a Residency in Neurology at Georgetown in 1990.  During his residency, he received the Hugh Hussey award for medical student teaching on two separate occasions.  He subsequently pursued a neurovirology and neuroimmunology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health from 1990-1996, where he worked on the pathogenesis of several different viral and immunologic diseases of the brain and spinal cord.  He joined the faculty of the Department of Neurology at Georgetown in 1996 and is currently Professor and Chair, overseeing the research and clinical endeavors of the department and neurologists throughout the MedStar Health system. Dr. Tornatore is the director of the Neurology Clerkship, overseeing the neurologic education of both third and fourth year medical students.  He has been nominated for the Golden Apple medical student teaching award each year since 1997 and won the award in 2003, 2013, and 2014.  He is the originator of the Magis Society for Master Teachers at the School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests include autoimmune disorders of the brain and spine, such as multiple sclerosis, neurosarcoidosis, neurovasculitis and paraneoplastic disorders. Carlo met his wife Ellen while they were both medical students at Georgetown, the happiest moment in all his time at Georgetown.

Research Satff

Alexis Ahmad, BA
Director of Clinical Trials, Multiple Sclerosis Center and Movement Disorders Center
As the Director of Clinical Trials for the Georgetown University Department of Neurology, Lexy is responsible for the oversight and management of over 30 clinical trials in the department. Lexy manages a team of six team members who conduct study visits and manage all data and clinical trial activities. Prior to joining the MS Center in 2015, Lexy worked as a Clinical Trials Coordinator at the Georgetown University Huntington Disease Clinic and was a teaching assistant with the Graduate Program for Regulatory Science and Medicine. As a Georgetown graduate (COL ’13), Lexy is enthusiastic and committed to the ongoing research at Georgetown. Her primary research interest is patient-reported outcomes in neurodegenerative disease.

Zsofia Parragh, MS
Regulatory Coordinator

Sonya Powell
Clinical Trials Manager
Born and raised in the DC area, Sonya joined the clinical trials team July 2017 after working in the Neurology and Neurosurgery departments at Georgetown University Hospital. Passionate about patient care, her current role has her managing the MS Clinic team’s transformation into a patient centered specialty practice, the first in the nation. Sonya aspires to continue her educational goals at Georgetown University. 

Christopher Gough, BS, BA
Clinical Trials Manager
As a Clinical Trials Manager Chris is responsible for overseeing the clinical trials based primarily out of the Hospital’s satellite office in McLean Virgina. Chris focuses primarily on the American Registry for Migraine Research (ARMR) and manages the day to day workings of the study and coordinates with patients to ensure proper compliance to study procedures. Prior to working full time with the Neurology Research Team Chris was a student at Georgetown University (COL ’18) where he worked part time with the Research Team while studying Government and Neurobiology. He is primarily interested in better understand how patient involvement in their care affects treatment outcomes and how increased patient participation can be implemented in practice.

Sandeep Pamula, Pharm.D., M.S.
Clinical Trials Manager, Department of Neurology
Sandeep received his Masters degree from Georgetown University in 2018. Sandeep worked as a Clinical Research assistant and a Clinical Research Data analyst in Neurology Research Studies focusing on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Prior to joining Georgetown University he graduated with a professional pharmacy degree and worked as a Clinical Pharmacist. 

Olga Prokunina, BS
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Olga graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2017. She joined the Georgetown MS Center as a clinical research coordinator in 2018 and works mainly with MS, stroke, and Parkinson’s studies. She enjoys working as part of the patient care team and hopes to pursue that passion by attending medical school.

Derek Haase
Clinical Research Assistant
As a Clinical Research Assistant for the Georgetown University Department of Neurology, Derek is responsible for assisting the MS Advance clinical research trial, which analyzes the impact of the MS Center’s 2017 transition to a Patient-Centered Specialty Home on patient outcomes. Derek also assists with NCQA compliance documentation. Derek is currently a fourth-year undergraduate at Georgetown University, and works as Treasurer of Georgetown EMS in his free time. Derek is excited to continue his work with patients enrolled in MS Advance and the other trials conducted by Georgetown University.

Aiden Lui
Clinical Research Assistant
As an undergraduate student at Georgetown University, Aiden Lui’s interest in clinical trial research stems from combining both his finance and medical background. As an EMT, and an aspiring neurosurgeon, Aiden is enthusiastic about contributing to the neurodegenerative disease research at the Georgetown University Department of Neurology.

David Pisfil, BS
Clinical Research Assistant 
New to the Neurology Department in 2018, David assists all members of the study team by interacting with participants of the clinical trials, managing data, and other clinical trial duties.  David is a current student at Georgetown University pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Physiology and Biophysics. Before coming to Georgetown, he completed a post-Baccalaureate certificate in Biomedical Sciences at George Mason University. While there, he started developing an interest in neurological pathologies- which motivates him to stay involved and up-to-date in current research studies. 

Luke Lovelace, BS 
Clinical Research Assistant
Luke is a graduate of the University of Louisville. After working in sales with Medtronic, he decided to pursue a career in medicine. He works predominantly on the Parkinson’s Foundation Patient Outcomes Project and is passionate about helping make Georgetown Neurology a patient centered medical research team. He is a current pre-medical post baccalaureate student at Georgetown University and hopes to matriculate to medical school in the future. 

Administrative Staff

Priscilla Leach
Executive Assistant to Dr. Carlo Tornatore

Ximena Lopez
Administrative Assistant to Drs. Mora & Shin

Michelyn Bouknight
Adminstrative Assistant to Drs. Faria Amjad & Benjamin Osborne

Benjamin Edwards
Pre-Certification Associate

MS Patient Education Day 2017

The MS Center held its second MS Patient Education Day at Georgetown University on November 4th, 2017. Recordings of the topics presented are viewable below:

Introduction to MS Patient Education Day
Robert Shin, MD

Update on the MS Patient-Centered Specialty Home Program 
Carlo Tornatore, MD

Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) 
Benjamin Osborne, MD

The Merging of Science and Life in the Management of Multiple Sclerosis 
Carlos Mora, MD

MS Relapses 
Susan Stuart, NP

MS and Spasticity 
Faria Amjad, MD and Lisa Ebb, PT

MS and the Urinary Tract 
Elizabeth Timbrook Brown, MD

Medical Marijuana 
Erika Mitchell, NP

Get Moving With Keira! 
Keira Hart-Mendoza

Question and Answer Session 
Moderated by Robert Shin, MD

MS Patient Education Day 2016

The MS Center held its first MS Patient Education Day at Georgetown University on November 19, 2016. Recordings of the topics presented are viewable below:

Introduction to the MS-Patient Centered Specialty Home Program
Carlo Tornatore, MD

Current MS Treatment Options
Robert K. Shin, MD

Recent Breakthroughs in MS Research and New Therapies
Carlos A. Mora, MD

Treatment of MS Spasticity
Faria Amjad, MD

Vision and MS
Benjamin Osborne, MD

Exercise and Nutrition
Susan Stuart, NP

Question & Answer Session
Moderated by Bethany Schreiber, NP