Melanie Glenn, MD

Dr. Glenn is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She earned her MD from KUMC before completing her neurology residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She completed a training fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine, also at UM/JMH, where she performed electrodiagnostic procedures and treated patients with acquired neuromuscular diseases. She is a member of AAN and AANEM.

Jacob McGuire, DDS, PhD
Jacob McGuire, DDS, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry. He obtained his dental degree from UMKC and his advanced specialty training in endodontics from the UCLA School of Dentistry. He also completed an interdisciplinary doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and Pharmacology at the UMKC School of Graduate Studies.

 

Omar Jawdat, MD

Dr. Jawdat is a neurologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Baghdad and conducted his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He sees patients in the KUMC clinic.

​Constantine Farmakidis, MD
Constantine Farmakidis, MD, joined the faculty of the University of Kansas Medical Center in September 2017.  Prior to that he was at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City for six years which was his first position after completing fellowship training. At KU, Farmakidis sees patients with a broad spectrum of neuromuscular conditions including those with myasthenia gravis. He particularly enjoys working with MG patients, no less, because there are many treatments to offer and many patients have good outcomes.

Richard Barohn, MD

Dr. Barohn is the Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center & also serves as the director of the General Clinical Research Center & of the Heartland Institute for Clinical & Translational Research at KUMC. His own research focuses on Myasthenia Gravis & other diseases & he sees those living with MG in the MG Clinic at KUMC. Dr. Barohn is a past recipient of the MGA Stackhouse Award.

Diana Wilmoth, RN

Diana Wilmoth is a former Nursing Administrator & current Volunteer Coordinator of the MG Clinic at Neurological Consultant’s. She is a former MGA Board Member and President of the Board, Coordinator of MGA’s annual auction and conducts public speaking on behalf of MGA. Diana was awarded Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America’s 2008 Nurse of the Year and was awarded the Stackhouse Award from the MGA. Diana is living with MG.

Michael Schwartzman, MD

Dr. Schwartzman is a neurologist with Neurological Consultants of Kansas City. His special interest is in neuromuscular disease & has directed the MG Clinic at two office locations since 2003. He is Assistant Clinical Professor at UMKC and part of the Brain & Stroke Institute at Saint Luke’s in Kansas City. Dr. Schwartzman completed his Neurology residence at the University of Minnesota and EMG Neuromuscular Disease Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a past recipient of the MGA Stackhouse Award.

Mamatha Pasnoor, MD

Dr. Pasnoor is a neurologist & Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She sees patients at the MG Clinic and is a researcher on the characteristics of MUsK Myasthenia Gravis. Dr. Pasnoor attended medical school in India and attended the University of Kansas Medical Center for her neurology residency.

Eric May, MD

Dr. May is an anesthesiologist at St. Luke's Anesthesia Services at Saint Luke’s Hospital – Kansas City. He obtained his medical degree from Creighton University and conducted his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. May was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in 1995.

Larry Hollenbeck, MD

Dr. Hollenbeck is a neurologist in practice with Meritas Health Neurology and has a special interest in neuromuscular disease. He completed his residency at the University of Kansas and has practiced in North Kansas City since 1986. Dr. Hollenbeck also serves on the Parkinson’s Association Medical Advisory Board.  

Vernita Hairston, MD

Dr. Hairston received her BA in biochemistry at Harvard University and medical doctorate degree at the University of Maryland. After her residency at Case Western Reserve, she completed a clinical neuromuscular fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and another in neuro-rehabilitation at the University of Maryland. She is currently a neurologist at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Hairston is a past recipient of the MGA Stackhouse Award.

Mazen Dimachkie, MD

Dr. Dimachkie is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Section & the Electromyography Laboratory. He holds the distinguished title of Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He obtained his medical degree from the American University of Beirut & residency in neurology from the University of Texas in Houston.

Emanuel Daon, MD

Dr. Daon is a thoracic surgeon at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He received his MD degree from Louisiana State University and degree in thoracic surgery from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Daon specializes in cardiac and thoracic surgery and his areas of interest include minimally invasive surgery and resident education.

Neurologists, Ophthalmologists, Nurses and other allied health professionals join the MGA Medical Advisory Committee because they want to support the work of the MGA. The Committee compliments the Board of Director’s effectiveness by bringing unique knowledge, skills, credibility and recommendations. They also act as ambassadors and assist with fundraising aspects of the association.

Medical Advisory Committee