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Neil S. Lava, MD

Neil  S. Lava, MDNeil  S. Lava, MD

Emory University

Multiple Sclerosis

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Neil S. Lava, MD, is the director of the multiple sclerosis clinic at Emory University in Atlanta. He has been treating multiple sclerosis patients since 1984. Lava graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1973. After an internship in internal medicine in Buffalo, N.Y., he received his neurology training at the Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. He served a two-year fellowship in neuromuscular diseases at the University of Colorado, Denver, and returned to Albany to join the faculty of the Albany Medical College. He started the multiple sclerosis clinic at the Albany Medical College and was director of the clinic until 2007. He also served as director of the residency training program for a few years and was interim chairman of neurology for three years. He joined the faculty of the department of neurology at Emory University as an associate professor of neurology and director of the multiple sclerosis clinic in 2007. Lava was elected to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Upstate New York Chapter) Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2006. He serves on the board of directors of the Georgia chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He belongs to the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Clinics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.


Organization Affiliations:
  • Emory University
  • Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Clinics
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter

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