Faculty and Staff

Thomas G. Braun, M.D. (emeritus) is Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology. Dr. Braun received his neurological training at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and his Neuromuscular and EMG Fellowship at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Braun is Board Certified in Neurology and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and is a current member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Nizar Chahin, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Neurology. Dr. Chahin received his neurological training at the University of Missouri. He has completed 3 fellowships, in Peripheral Nerve Disease, EMG, and Neuromuscular Disease at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Chahin is Board Certified in Neurology and is a current member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Zheng (Jane) Fan, M.D. is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics. Dr. Fan received her pediatric and neurological training at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Medical Genetics Fellowship at the same institution. Dr. Fan is Board Certified in Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology and  medical Genetics. She is a current member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Medical Genetics

Colin D. Hall, MBChB (emeritus) is Professor of Neurology and Medicine.  Dr. Hall received his neurological training at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and fellowship training in muscle biopsy and muscle histopathology with Sir John Walton at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has an international reputation in the neurology and neuromuscular effects of HIV disease. Dr. Hall is Board Certified in Neurology and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and is a current member of the American Neurological Association, American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

James F. Howard, Jr., M.D. is the James F. Howard Distinguished Professor of Neuromuscular Disease, Professor of Neurology and Medicine and Chief of the Neuromuscular Disorders Section*. Dr. Howard received his neurological training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his Neuromuscular-EMG Fellowship at the same institution. He has an international reputation in Myasthenia Gravis and quantitative EMG techniques. Dr. Howard is Board Certified in Neurology and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and is a current member of the American Neurological Association, American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, New York Academy of Sciences and the Society for Neuroscience.

Chafic Karam, MD is an assistant of clinical neurology and neuromuscular medicine at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. He earned his medical degree from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut and his neurological training at Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein Medical College in New York, NY. He then completed a Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship at the Partners program, Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston’s Children Hospital) in Boston MA, and a Peripheral Nerve fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  Dr. Karam’s clinical interest is in patients with peripheral neuropathies and motor neuron disease (ALS). Dr. Karam has expertise in performing and interpreting nerve conduction studies and electromyography, muscle, skin and nerve biopsies, autonomic system testing and quantitative sensory testing.  Dr. Karam is involved in various research projects in peripheral neuropathy and ALS disease. He is a reviewer for major neurology and neuromuscular journals and is currently on the editorial board of Neurology.

Kimberly M. Johnson, MSW LCSW CCM is our Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Johnson received her social work training at East Carolina University and her Masters degree at the same institution. She has extensive experience assisting patients with neuromuscular disorders in navigating the intricacies of health care systems and providing psycho-social support and assistance. Ms. Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Care Manager and a current member of the Carolinas Chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, serving on their Board of Directors.

Caroline M. Klein, M.D., Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Neurology. Dr. Klein received her neurological training at the University of Virginia. She has completed 3 fellowships, in Peripheral Nerve Disease, EMG, and Clinical Autonomic Research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Klein is Board Certified in Neurology with Added Qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology and is a current member of the Peripheral Nerve Society, American Autonomic Society, American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

 


* Dr. Howard is also Adjunct Professor of Clinical Sciences (Neurology), North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine