Faculty and Staff

James F. Howard, Jr., MD 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 completed his fellowship in neuromuscular-EMG 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. Dr. Howard is also an adjunct professor of clinical sciences (neurology) at North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Zheng (Jane) Fan, MD is an associate professor of neurology and pediatrics. Dr. Fan received her pediatric and neurological training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed 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.

Rebecca Traub, MD is an assistant professor of neurology, specializing in neuromuscular medicine. She received her neurological training and completed a  EMG/neuromuscular fellowship at Columbia University. She is board certified in psychiatry and neurology (neurology and neuromuscular medicine), and electrodiagnostic medicine. Dr. Traub is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Kimberly M. Johnson, MSW, LCSW, CCM is the Division's 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.


Thomas G. Braun, MD (emeritus) is an associate professor of neurology. Dr. Braun received his neurological training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and his neuromuscular/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.

Colin D. Hall, MBChB (emeritus) is a professor of neurology and medicine. Dr. Hall received his neurological training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his 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.