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Editorial Board

We are developing our Editorial Board for Neurology Times and are looking for MDs and healthcare professionals interested in contributing ideas and content for the site.

Our current Editorial Board members are:

Jessica Ailani, MD

Dr. Jessica Ailani Dr. Jessica Ailani is a board certified neurologist and a United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties-accredited headache specialist. She is currently Associate Professor of Neurology at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and Director of the Medstar Georgetown Headache Center. She plays an active role in the American Headache Society, serves on a variety of committees, and is the section chair of the procedures in headache medicine special interest group. At Georgetown, she is involved in teaching residents and medical students about headache to increase awareness about migraine and associated disorders.

Anna B. Boyum, PhD

Anna B. Boyum, PhD Dr. Boyum is a biomedical scientist with a PhD degree in Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Boyum’s research interests are neuroscience, immunology, and pharmacology. She had spent a decade developing innovative therapeutics and diagnostics for Parkinson disease, ischemic stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Technology Dr. Boyum developed is now used in research laboratories and clinics around the world. Dr. Boyum sees great importance in communication of scientific and medical advances: she writes about science and medicine, edits a professional medical journal, and teaches undergraduate science courses.

Meet our Board: Anna Boyum, PhD


Robert P. Cowan, MD, FAAN Robert P. Cowan, MD, FAAN

Robert Cowan, MD, FAAN is the Betty Higgins Family Foundation professor of neurology and director of the Headache Program at Stanford University. Dr. Cowan is widely published in scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association Cephalalgia and Headache and has authored books, book chapters, and scientific presentations. Dr. Cowan lectures both nationally and internationally on a variety of headache topics. He is an editor of Headache Currents and a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, including Headache, Cephalalgia, and the Western Journal of Medicine. Dr. Cowan is the author of The Keeler Migraine Method (Penguin/Avery, 2008).

Dr. Cowan has held many nationally elected positions, including the immediate past president of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society, and he is on the boards of the Alliance for Headache Diseases Advocacy and the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific. Along with Dr. Alan Rapoport, Professor of Neurology at UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Cowan co-founded Bon Triage, LLC, which develops computer-based tools to aid in the diagnosis, education, and care of people with chronic medical conditions. His current research focuses on biomarkers and novel treatments for chronic daily headache, including resting state imaging with fMRI, CSF and whole blood analysis, TMS, and electrophysiologic measures.

Richard S. Cowles, PsyD

Dr. Cowles is a neuropsychologist and neuroscientist who specializes in the area of concussion. He obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Denver and completed his residency in neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School’s Longwood Area Program. He later completed an additional master’s of science degree in psychopharmacology at William James College. In addition to working in hospital and clinical settings, Dr. Cowles has co-taught neuroanatomy and neuropsychology at Harvard University as well as working at the University as a consultant on dysgraphia evaluations for students with learning disabilities. He is an active member of the American Neuropsychiatric Association where he chairs the neuroimaging special interest group.

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Damon M. Fellman, MD Damon Fellman, MD

Dr. Fellman is Associate Chief of Neurology at Hackensack University Medical Center. He had been Director of Neurology at Holy Name Hospital for 12 years and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Hackensack University Medical Center for 13 years. Since 1978, Dr. Fellman has been an instructor in Neurology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical School in New York City.

He is a board certified neurologist and sees both adults and children. He has been a longtime member of the Professional Advisory Board of the NJ Epilepsy Foundation and has been Secretary of the NJ Child Neurology Society since it was established. Dr. Fellman has served on the Medical Board on Hackensack University Medical Center and the Medical Executive Committee of Holy Name Hospital. He has served as consultant in Pediatric Neurology to more than 50 school systems in northern NJ.

Dr. Fellman did his neurology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and fellowship in neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Fellman served as a Major in the US Army and was Director of Neurology at Fort Gordon Army Hospital in Augusta, GA.

Dr. Fellman is one of the few neurologists in New Jersey who is board certified in neurology and also board certified in stroke and vascular Neurology and headache medicine.


Heidi Moawad, MD

Dr. Moawad is a neurologist, a medical writer, and an adjunct instructor at John Heidi Moawad, MDHeidi Moawad, MD Carroll University. She has experience in healthcare utilization review. Dr. Moawad graduated from medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Northwestern Evanston Hospital and an internship at University of Chicago Hospital (Neurology).

Samuel Pleasure, MD, PhD

Samuel Pleasure, MD, PhDSamuel Pleasure, MD, PhD Samuel Pleasure, MD, PhD, completed his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Medieval Studies at University of Pennsylvania before going on to complete his MD and PhD (Neuroscience) at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed neurology residency at UCSF and has been on the faculty at UCSF since 2000. He is currently Professor and Glenn W. Johnson Jr. Memorial Endowed Chair of Neurology at UCSF. His clinical interests lie primarily in MS and epilepsy and his laboratory research is in the area of developmental neuroscience, with special emphasis on the development of the cerebral cortex. http://profiles.ucsf.edu/sam.pleasure


Sreeram Ramagopalan, PhD

Sreeram Ramagopalan, PhD Sreeram Ramagopalan is a research scientist at the University of Oxford and Evidera in London, UK. He has completed a PhD at the University of Oxford and a Masters in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research interest is in the epidemiology of multiple sclerosis. He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications and has been invited to present his work nationally and internationally.


Andrew Wilner, MD, FAAN, FACP

Dr. Andrew Wilner graduated from Yale University and Brown University SchoolAndrew Wilner, MD of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and neurology. He completed a fellowship in electroencephalography at the Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Canada. He was medical director of the Carolinas Epilepsy Center, Charlotte, NC, and then Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI. Currently, he is a practicing locum tenens neurologist and Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Wilner has been a medical advisor for Accordant Health Services Epilepsy Disease Management Program, Greensboro, NC, for more than 15 years. Dr. Wilner and Accordant colleagues have published papers in Epilepsy and Behavior detailing the excess cost burden of epilepsy compared to controls and highlighted the problem of comorbidities (Wilner et al. 2012, 2014, 2016).

Dr. Wilner has worked for many years as medical journalist with more than 1,000 publications. He is also a radio host for ReachMD.com

He received the American Academy of Neurology's Creative Expression of Human Values Award (2001), the American Academy of Neurology's Journalism Fellowship for Excellence in Medical/Health Reporting (2008), and is the author of two books on epilepsy; Epilepsy: 199 Answers, 3rd Edition, and Epilepsy in Clinical Practice. He was a Section Editor for the 3-volume Atlas of Epilepsies (Springer, 2010). His latest book, Bullets and Brains, a collection of over 100 essays on neurology, was published in 2013.

Dr. Wilner volunteers as the medical director of Lingkod Timog, a nonprofit medical mission organization that delivers health care to rural areas of the Philippines. For more information, see www.drwilner.org and bulletsandbrains.net.



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