M/SAB Board Leadership
Ted Burns, M.D.
Robert Ruff, MD
Linda Kusner, Ph. D
Gil I. Wolfe, MD, FAAN
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, recipient of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America 2011 Doctor of the Year Award, is an Associate 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 Neurology Residency Program and Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship. He is Vice Chair for Education in the Neurology Department.
Dr. Burns completed medical school at the University of Kansas. He completed neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology fellowship at the University of Virginia. He completed a peripheral nerve disease fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After two years at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, he returned to the University of Virginia. He has won teaching awards at the University of Virginia, including the Master Educator Award in 2006 and the Dean’s Teaching Award in 2005. He is an elected member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators at the University of Virginia. He has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America annually from 2005 – 2010.
Dr. Burns’s 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.