M/SAB Board Leadership
Robert Ruff, MD
Linda Kusner, Ph. D
Nicholas Silvestri, M.D
Ted Burns, M.D.
The MGFA Medical/Scientific Advisory Board (M/SAB) is comprised of medical professionals throughout the world who are interested in MG clinical care and research. This board promotes education and awareness in the medical and scientific community, and oversees creation and approval of all medical and educational materials that are distributed to patients and physicians.
The M/SAB also reviews and approves all research funded by MGFA.
Dr. Ted M. Burns is the former Chair of the Medical Scientific Advisory Board. He is also the recipient of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America 2011 Doctor of the Year Award, is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Virginia. In 2008, he was named a Harrison Distinguished Chair at the University of Virginia. He is the Medical Director of the Neurology EMG Laboratory, Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship. He is Vice Chair in the Neurology Department. He was Director of the Neurology Residency Program from 2004-2013.
Dr. Burns' main research interests include the construction and validation of outcome measures in myasthenia gravis. He and colleagues have developed two new MG-specific scales, the "MG-QOL15" and "MG Composite." The MG-QOL15 is a user-friendly scale that measures the quality of life of patients with MG. The MG Composite measures the manifestations of MG. Much of this research was sponsored by the MGFA. Another area of academic interest for Dr. Burns is the use of podcasting to educate physicians, patients and families. He is creator and editor of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine's podcast, creator and editor of the Neurology journal's weekly podcast and creator of the MGFA's podcast series designed to educate patients and families about practical aspects of MG. He is also a co-creator of the MGFA's "My MG" app.