Saud A. Sadiq, MD, FAAN

Director

Saud A. Sadiq, MD, FAAN is the Director and Chief Research Scientist of the Tisch MS Research Center of New York.  He is also the founder/director of the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice. These two institutions opened their doors together in 2006 and constitue the largest MS center in the world.

Dr. Sadiq is a board-certified neurologist with residency training in Internal...

Andrew Sylvester, M.D.

Attending Neurologist

Andrew Sylvester, M.D. is a board-certified attending neurologist at the IMSMP. He earned his B.A. at Washington University in St. Louis, and then studied medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.  He completed his residency in Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and went on to finish a two-year clinical neuroimmunology fellowship through Columbia University...

Armistead D. Williams, III, M.D.

Associate Medical Director, Attending Neurologist

 

Dr. Armistead D. Williams is a board-certified neurologist at the IMSMP. He received his B.A. with majors in biology and studio art at the University of Virginia. He...

James W. Stark, M.D.

Attending Neurologist

 

Dr. James W. Stark is a board-certified Neurologist at the IMSMP. He received his B.A. with distinction in psychology from Boston University and completed medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Originally from New York, he continued at Einstein for his neurology...

Deneb R. Bates, N.D.

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Bates is a Naturopathic Doctor who provides a knowledgeable holistic approach to the care of people living with Multiple Sclerosis. She specializes in natural treatment options for improving wellness, such as nutrition and botanical medicine, and believes in empowering patients to take positive actions for their own health and wellbeing. Dr. Bates received a Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen...

Beth R. DiBiase, L.C.S.W.

Social Work Supervisor and Director of Patient Relations

Beth R. DiBiase, L.C.S.W. received her Bachelor's degree from Villanova University and a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University with a clinical concentration in health, mental health and disabilities.  She received a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2007...

Stephen Kanter, PT, DPT, ATC

Supervisor, Rehabilitation Services

Dr. Stephen Kanter is a licensed physical therapist in New York and New Jersey. He was hired as the Supervisor of Rehabilitation Services in April 2008 after spending the previous five years as a homecare specialist, working primarily with patients with Multiple Sclerosis and patients with balance, gait, and endurance impairments.  Dr. Kanter has been a consultant for the New...

Joanne Festa, Ph.D.

Neuropsychologist

Dr. Festa is a Neuropsychologist, the Director of Neuropsychology at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at Columbia University in the Department of Neurology.   She received her B.S. in psychology from Ramapo College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship were...

Rebecca Lizarraga, MSN, ANP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca Lizarraga, RN, BSN, MSN is the nurse practitioner at the IMSMP. She received her Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology from the University at Buffalo in 2004 and later went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in nursing from New York University in 2007. Rebecca then started working as a nurse at the IMSMP, while continuing to attend school. She completed...

Douglas S. Cohen, M.D.

Attending Neurosurgeon

Dr. Douglas Cohen is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been associated with the center since 1998. Dr. Cohen completed undergraduate work at Cornell University before attending Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and was chief resident during his final year. Included among his many appointments is Medical Director of...

Gabriel Sara, M.D.

Attending Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Gabriel Sara is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University who specializes in Hematology/Oncology. Prior to completing heme/onc fellowships at Columbia and Roosevelt Hospitals, Dr. Sara did internal medicine residency at The Brooklyn Hospital and medical school at French Medical School of Beirut. Dr. Sara has been with the center since 2003. He is a member of the...

Lisa Dabney, M.D.

Attending Urogynecologist

Dr. Lisa Dabney is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. At the IMSMP, she practices urogynecology with an emphasis on sexual dysfunction among patients with multiple sclerosis. She completed medical school at University of California at Los Angeles and residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. She then...

Claudia Almodovar, BA, RN

Director of Clinical Services

Claudia joined IMSMP in January of 2007 as a Nurse from the Center for Women’s Reproductive Care at Columbia University. Since then she has been promoted numerous times as a result of her tireless dedication to the center and focus on patient care, becoming the Assistant Nurse Manager in October...

Elizabeth Woods, PT, DPT, MSCS

Physical Therapist

Elizabeth Woods received her Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Science and Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University with her clinical focus on neurologic and pediatric rehabilitation. She is a licensed physical therapist in both New York and New Jersey.  At the early start of her career she had a strong interest in multiple...

Tamer Elbaz, M.D.

Attending Pain Management

 

Dr. Tamer Elbaz is a board-certified interventional Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology specialist. His passion for pain medicine started when he was in medical school. He decided to pursue the necessary long steps to specialize in that field. He completed his anesthesiology training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He was elected to be the chief resident during his final year of...