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Neurology Research Advisory Board

Be a part of decision-making in research. Our hospital is an Harvard teaching hospital and clinical research is important to us at the Neurology clinic. We welcome our patients taking part in the process of choosing what research ideas should be implemented. This can be achieved by joining our Neurology Research Advisory Board. The goal of this board is to include opinions from the different stakeholders of health care in choosing research ideas. The advisory board includes doctors, patients, patients' family members, physical therapists, financial administrators and others. The board meets, via conference call or in-person, on a regular basis to discuss the ongoing and future clinical research projects. For more information or if you would like to participate, please contact us at

Advisory Board Members


Mahmoud A. AbdelRazek

Mahmoud A. AbdelRazek, MD

Dr. AbdelRazek is Instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and serves as Director of Hospital Neurology, the Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurological Disorders Clinic and the NPH and CSF Disorders Clinic. Dr. AbdelRazek graduated medical school in Cairo, Egypt. He then completed clinical training in neurology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In addition to Dr. AbdelRazek’s clinical work seeing patients, he is interested in clinical research in autoimmune diseases of the brain and spinal cord, as well as other neurological disorders.

Other HealthCare Providers (nursing, physical therapy, etc)

Kshitija Phansalkar

Kshitija “Skitty” Phansalkar, MSPT

Skitty is a Rehabilitation Manager at Mount Auburn Hospital. Her clinical interests include acute care rehab, early mobility in the ICU, neuro-rehab and stroke care. She holds a Bachelor degree of Physiotherapy from Seth GS Medical College, KEM Hospital, Mumbai India and also holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

Patients and Patients’ Family Members

Dawn Wendell

Dawn Wendell, PhD

Dawn is a mechanical engineer who teaches design and manufacturing at MIT. She also holds several patents for medical devices. Dawn was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in February 2020 after having a variety of symptoms for more than five years prior. In her spare time, Dawn stays active through aerial silks and contortion (which are both great for working through proprioception issues caused by MS). She also enjoys a variety of creative hobbies including knitting, spinning, building robots, growing orchids, and learning French.

Eleanor D'Agostino

Eleanor D’Agostino

Eleanor is the Practice Manager for the neurology division at Mount Auburn Hospital. Her experience includes 20 years of healthcare management experience with hospital based multi-specialty practices including Neurology, Sleep Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. Eleanor’s husband was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system and other organs.

Basil and Farida El-Baz Center for Multiple Sclerosis and Devic's Disease

Find an understanding and supportive atmosphere offered through others challenged by MS and other autoimmune conditions at our weekly clinic. To schedule an appointment, please call 617-868-0880.

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