Faculty and Staff
Vinay Chaudhry, MBBS, MD, is the James F. Howard Distinguished Professor of Neuromuscular Disease and chief of the UNC Division of Neuromuscular Disorders. He also serves as vice chair of faculty affairs for the UNC Department of Neurology. Dr. Chaudhry received his medical degree from the All-India Institute of Medical Services in New Delhi, India. He completed his residency in neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Chaudhry also completed clinical and research fellowships in neuromuscular diseases, along with an executive MBA, from Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, electrodiagnostic medicine, and neuromuscular medicine.
James F. Howard, Jr., MD (partial retirement) is the former James F. Howard Distinguished Professor of Neuromuscular Disease. He currently serves as a professor of neurology, medicine and allied health, and currently runs the Myasthenia Gravis Translational and Clinical Trials Research Program. 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 (ABEM), and is a current member of the American Neurological Association, American Academy of Neurology, and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. 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 a 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. Dr. Fan has specialized interest in the treatment of children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
Deborah F. Gelinas, MD is an associate professor of neurology. Dr. Gelinas received her neurological training at the Letterman Army Medical Center. She is ABPN board certified in both neurology and neuromuscular medicine. Dr. Gelina’s subspecialty interest is in the treatment of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Rebecca Traub, MD is an associate professor of neurology, interim division chief for neuromuscular medicine and the medical director for the UNC EMG laboratory. She received her neurological training and completed a EMG/neuromuscular fellowship at Columbia University. She is ABPN board certified in neurology and neuromuscular medicine and ABEM board certified in electrodiagnostic medicine. Dr. Traub’s subspecialty interest is in peripheral neuropathies, with a focus on offering comprehensive care and research participation for patients with inherited and inflammatory neuropathies.
Anahit C. Mehrabyan, MD is an assistant professor of neurology. Dr. Mehrabyan received her neurological training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a fellowship in neuromuscular disorders at Penn State Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She is ABPN board certified in neurology and neuromuscular medicine and ABEM board certified in electrodiagnostic medicine. Dr. Mehrabyan’s subspecialty interests are in myopathies, including both inflammatory and inherited muscle diseases, as well as in myasthenia gravis.
Jorge Almodóvar-Suárez, MD is associate professor of neurology. Dr. Almodovar completed neurology training at Boston University and neurophysiology fellowship at the University of Rochester. He is ABPN board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. Dr. Almodovar’s subspecialty interests include treatment of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and myasthenia gravis.
Miriam Sklerov, MD, MS is assistant professor of neurology. Dr. Sklerov completed neurology training and movement disorders fellowship at Columbia University. She is ABPN board certified in neurology. Dr. Sklerov has subspecialty interest in movement and autonomic disorders and runs the autonomic testing laboratory at UNC.
Manisha Chopra, MBBS, CCRP is the primary research coordinator for the UNC Division of Neuromuscular Disorders. She coordinates research studies in myasthenia gravis, hereditary amyloidosis and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP).
Chelsea Simmons, DNP, FNP-BC is the primary clinical coordinator for the UNC Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic. She cares for patients in our multidisciplinary clinic and coordinates post-clinic recommendations and plans. She is also available for urgent visits and issues affecting patients within our cohort.
To offer comprehensive interdisciplinary care, neuromuscular disorder specialists additionally collaborate with physicians in other UNC departments including cardiology, pulmonology, rheumatology, genetics, physiatry and others.