Overview

About the division of Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology

The Division of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and General Neurology includes faculty and advanced practice providers focused on the care and management of autoimmune disorders of the central nervous system including multiple sclerosis, as well as those with other common neurological disorders including headache and memory disorders.  

The division is home to a fellowship in multiple sclerosis and numerous funded research projects including clinical trials for MS and headache.  

Clinical Care

Areas of clinical care within the Division of Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology

Research

Research within the Division of Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology

Neuroscientists at VCU are engaged in a wide spectrum of basic, translational and clinical research projects focused on understanding the underlying cause of MS and identifying potential therapies. Projects in recent years include:  

  • The discovery of a form of axonal injury in animal models of multiple sclerosis that may revolutionize our understanding of axonal injury in multiple sclerosis 
  • The study of how nociceptin and mu-opioid receptors control remyelination
  • The examination of how autotaxinpromotes remyelination through its action on oligodendrocyte progenitor cells  
  • The study of serum biomarkers in MS 
  • The testing of LXR agonists to reduce inflammation in the central nervous system  

Education

Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship

The Division of Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology offers one-year and two-year fellowship positions in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology.

Fellows will train in both the inpatient and outpatient care and management of MS and MS-related disorders, as well as participate in MS therapeutic trials and other clinical research. MS and MS-related disorders require multidisciplinary care, and thus fellows will have the opportunity to work with our colleagues in fields such as physical medicine and rehabilitation, urology, ophthalmology and neuroradiology.

Learn more about the fellowship program

About the Chair

VCUSOM Message from the Dean - About the Chair

About the Chair

Prior to joining the faculty at VCU, Dr. Myla Goldman was an associate professor of neurology at the University of Virginia specializing in multiple sclerosis. She directed the multiple sclerosis clinic at UVA Health and served as chief of the Division of Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro-Immunology. Dr. Goldman received her bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience from Lehigh University and her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Virginia and subsequently completed her fellowship in Clinical Neuroimmunology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation while concurrently earning a Master’s degree in clinical research at Case Western University in Cleveland Ohio.   

Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff within the Division of Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology

Yasir Al-Khalili, M.D.

Yasir Al-Khalili, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Yasir Al-Khalili, M.D.

Yasir Al-Khalili, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

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Jonathan W. Bekenstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Jonathan W. Bekenstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Jonathan W. Bekenstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Jonathan W. Bekenstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Multiple Sclerosis

Phone: 804-828-9350

Email: jonathan.bekenstein@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Box 980599

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Edmund Cornman, MD

Edmund Cornman, MD

Assistant Professor

Edmund Cornman, MD

Edmund Cornman, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

VAMC

Email: ewcornman@vcu.edu

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Robert J. DeLorenzo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Robert J. DeLorenzo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Robert J. DeLorenzo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Robert J. DeLorenzo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology, Neuroscience Research
Professor, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology and Toxicology

Phone: 804-828-8969

Email: robert.delorenzo@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
P.O. Box 980599

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Myla Goldman, M.D., M. Sc.

Myla Goldman, M.D., M. Sc.

Vice Chair for Faculty Development

Myla Goldman, M.D., M. Sc.

Myla Goldman, M.D., M. Sc.

Vice Chair for Faculty Development

Neurology

Chair, Division of Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology;
Professor

Email: myla.goldman@vcuhealth.org

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Catherine B. Ham, M.D.

Catherine B. Ham, M.D.

Assistant Professor Director, Headache Clinic

Catherine B. Ham, M.D.

Catherine B. Ham, M.D.

Assistant Professor Director, Headache Clinic

Department of Neurology

Division of Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology
Headache Specialist

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Leslee Hudgins, D.O.

Leslee Hudgins, D.O.

Associate Professor

Leslee Hudgins, D.O.

Leslee Hudgins, D.O.

Associate Professor

Department of Neurology

Associate Professor, VAMC

Email: lhudgins@vcu.edu

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Kelly Jernigan, FNP

Kelly Jernigan, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Kelly Jernigan, FNP

Kelly Jernigan, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Department of Neurology

Division of Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology

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William F. Maragos, M.D., Ph.D.

William F. Maragos, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

William F. Maragos, M.D., Ph.D.

William F. Maragos, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology
Chief, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center Neurology Service
Division of Adult Neurology

Phone: 804-828-9809

Email: william.maragos@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
McGuire VAMC 1201 Broad Rock Blvd
Box 980599
Richmond, VA 23234

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Elsa V. Mathew, M.D.

Elsa V. Mathew, M.D.

Assistant Professor, VAMC

Elsa V. Mathew, M.D.

Elsa V. Mathew, M.D.

Assistant Professor, VAMC

Department of Neurology

Division of Neurophysiology

Email: elsa.varughese@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
VCU Sleep Center 2529 Professional Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23235

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Michael F. Miles, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael F. Miles, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Michael F. Miles, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael F. Miles, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology
Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Human Genetics

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Philip O'Donnell, M.D

Philip O'Donnell, M.D

Assistant Professor

Philip O'Donnell, M.D

Philip O'Donnell, M.D

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology

Phone: 804-828-4323

Email: Philip.ODonnell@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Box 980599

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Unsong Oh, M.D.

Unsong Oh, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Unsong Oh, M.D.

Unsong Oh, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis
Director: VCU Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

Email: unsong.oh@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
1101 E Marshall St
Sanger Hall Room 6-004
Box 980599
P.O. Box 980599
Richmond, VA 23298

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Shekar Raman, MD

Shekar Raman, MD

Assistant Professor

Shekar Raman, MD

Shekar Raman, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Assistant Professor, VAMC

Email: sraman2@vcu.edu

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Carlos Williams Ramirez, M.D.

Carlos Williams Ramirez, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Carlos Williams Ramirez, M.D.

Carlos Williams Ramirez, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology

Phone: 434-447-9033

Email: williamsraca@mymail.vcu.edu

Address/Location:
Box 980620

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John R. Taylor, M.D.

John R. Taylor, M.D.

Assistant Professor

John R. Taylor, M.D.

John R. Taylor, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Division of Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology

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Alan R. Towne, M.D., M.P.H

Alan R. Towne, M.D., M.P.H

Professor

Alan R. Towne, M.D., M.P.H

Alan R. Towne, M.D., M.P.H

Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

Phone: 804-828-9350

Email: alan.towne@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Box 980599

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Olavo Vasconcelos, M.D.

Olavo Vasconcelos, M.D.

Associate Professor

Olavo Vasconcelos, M.D.

Olavo Vasconcelos, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Neurology

Associate Professor, VAMC

Email: olavo.vasconcelos@vcuhealth.org

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Kristin Williams, M.D.

Kristin Williams, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Kristin Williams, M.D.

Kristin Williams, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology

Phone: 804-828-9720

Email: kristin.williams@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Box 980599

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Muhammad Zaidi, MD

Muhammad Zaidi, MD

Assistant Professor

Muhammad Zaidi, MD

Muhammad Zaidi, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Assistant Professor, VAMC

Email: mazaidi@vcu.edu

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