Faculty Bios

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Faria Amjad, MD

Dr. Faria Amjad is director of the Spasticity Clinic at MedStar Georgetown where she manages spasticity affecting the upper or lower extremities using medications, botulinum toxin and intrathecal baclofen pumps. She is also the director of clinical trials involving autoimmune disorders affecting the nervous system.

Board-certified in neurology, Dr. Amjad completed her undergraduate degree, medical degree, neurology residency and fellowship in multiple sclerosis all at Georgetown. During her two-year multiple sclerosis fellowship, Dr. Amjad focused on how to diagnose and manage patients with MS and other autoimmune disorders affecting the nervous system.

Given her long standing affiliation with Georgetown and its core values of service, Dr. Amjad hopes to use her medical training and knowledge to make a meaningful impact on the lives of patients and their families affected with multiple sclerosis. She feels fortunate to practice at a time when physicians have so much hope to offer patients with multiple sclerosis a disease that is chronic and can be debilitating in terms of therapeutics and alternative medicine.

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Kimberly Foster, MSW, LICSW

Kimberly Foster, MSW, LICSW, has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College.  She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington, D.C. and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. Her work experience ranges from child welfare, to victim services, to hospital social work. In fact, Kim used to work on the in-patient hospital side here at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital before joining the MS and Neuroimmunology Clinic in August 2020.

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Benjamin Osborne, MD

Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology
Vice-Chair of Resident Education, Department of Neurology
Director, Neuromyelitis Optica and Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinics
Director, Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship Program

Dr. Osborne is board certified in neurology, with concentrations in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Osborne evaluates and treats patients with complicated vision problems including multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, pseudotumor cerebri, thyroid eye disease, unexplained vision loss, optic neuritis and papilledema. Dr. Osborne and his team participate in visual field testing and optic coherence tomography (OCT). He has published numerous works in journals in his fields and is currently active in multiple ongoing research studies.

Education:

  • Fellowship Program: University of Pennsylvania Hospital (2006)
  • Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2005)
  • Internship Program: Maimonides Medical Center (2002)
  • Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine (2001)
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David Pisfil

David Pisfil joined the Neurology Department at Georgetown University Medical Center in 2018. He is a clinical research coordinator who primarily manages trials investigating Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD). Before joining the research team, David earned a master’s degree in physiology at Georgetown University. David is passionate about volunteering with the Special Olympics and as an English/Spanish interpreter at a local free clinic. On weekends, you might find David jogging along the Potomac River – one of his favorite pastimes! If you are interested in learning more about our clinical trials, please contact David at 202-681-8127 or ddp39@georgetown.edu.

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Deborah Riley

In August 2018, Dance Place Director Emerita, Deborah Riley, joined the Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program (AHP) at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. As a lifelong dance professional, Deborah is recognized for exploring themes of health and well-being through her workshops and choreography.  She’s pleased to continue this focus with AHP, as well as being a teaching artist and board member with Arts for the Aging and Dance Exchange. As a practitioner of Laban Movement Analysis, she assists people of all ages to find their potential in movement. As a touring artist and educator, she has performed throughout Europe and the US, as well as choreographed over 40 original works for her company: Deborah Riley Dance Projects. She was an artist-in-residence at DC’s Dance Place beginning in 1988 and retired as Executive Co-Director in 2017. In 2016, she was honored with the Pola Nirenska Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance. As an AHP artist-in-residence, Riley has led stretch breaks and noontime yoga on Mondays pre-COVID. In addition, Riley is the lead teacher of Movement for MS program of the AHP/Department of Neurology, now a virtual class.

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Robert Shin, MD

Professor, Department of Neurology, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Director, Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center

Dr. Shin is a graduate of Yale University and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a neurology residency and fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology and multiple sclerosis at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been published in many medical journals and textbooks and has received multiple awards and commendations for his teaching expertise and clinical excellence.

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Carlo Tornatore, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Executive Director, Multiple Sclerosis Patient Centered Specialty Practice
Regional Director of Neurology, MedStar Health

Dr. Tornatore received his undergraduate degree in neurobiology from Cornell University and then attended Georgetown University School of Medicine where he received his medical degree. Following a Neurology Residency at Georgetown University Hospital, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Tornatore has published extensively in the areas of neuroimmunology, neurovirology and Multiple Sclerosis and is currently involved in over 15 clinical trials for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. He has won multiple awards in the areas of medical student teaching, patient care and scholarly research.

Jeff Wilken, PhD

Jeff Wilken, Ph.D. received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park.  He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Georgetown University Medical Center and the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  He has also received training in neuropsychology at the NIH (NINDS), Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Dr. Wilken is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is a partner at the Neuropsychology Associative of Fairfax (NAF) and the Executive Director of the Washington Neuropsychology Research Group (WNRG). He also is credentialed as a neuropsychologist at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

For over 23 years, Dr. Wilken has dedicated his career to research and clinical care in MS. With respect to his research, he has examined the impact of disease modifying agents and adjunctive medications on cognitive functioning in people with MS.  He also has worked to validate computerized testing and screening batteries for use in the neurologist’s office.  He presents his research at scientific conferences worldwide, has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has presented lectures on MS to physicians and MS patients (both domestically and internationally).  In his clinical practice, Dr. Wilken specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of MS patients.  He works closely with many of the MS specialty clinics/programs in the Washington, D.C. area (including the MS center at Georgetown University).

Dr. Wilken has been on the Board of Governors for the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) as a co-chair of the Mental Health Special Interest Group since 2016. For 15 years, he has served as a judge and moderator for abstracts, posters, and platforms presented at the CMSC annual meetings. He also is a past member of Clinical Advisory Committee for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).