2019 SWF Clinic Physicians
Dr. Craig Burkhart - Dermatology
Dr. Craig Burkhart, M.D. is a pediatric dermatologist and clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of North Caroline in Chapel Hill. He is on the medical
advisory board of the Sturge-Weber Foundation, co-director of the UNC vascular anomalies clinic, co-director of the UNC Sturge-Weber Clinical Care Network and a member of the UNC HHT Center of Excellence. He has written over 150 articles and 20 book chapters in the field of dermatology.
Dr. Harry Chugani - Neurology
Dr. Harry Chugani is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Philadelphia. Dr. Chugani pioneered applications of positron emmision tomography (PET) molecular imaging in children and is an internationally recognized expert on epilepsy surgery, brain development and brain plasticity. He has a strong interest in infantile spasms. He was the first to describe the normal developmental changes of brain glucose utilization from the newborn to the adult in humans, non-human primates and cat in relation to behavioral maturation, synaptogenesis and “critical periods”. These concepts have been applied to his clinical work on epilepsy surgery, brain plasticity and recovery of function following large cerebral resections in chidren. His work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Bernard Sachs Award from the Child Neurology Society in 2015. He was invited by President and Mrs. Clinton in 1997 to the White House to participate in a conference on early childhood development. He has also been a keynote speaker in the National Governors Association annual meeting. Dr. Chugani was Chairman of NIH study section BDCN-5 (Developmental Brain Disorders) from 1999 until June 2005. Since rotating off, he has served as ad hoc reviewer for various study sections, including the CTSA study section. Dr. Chugani is on the editorial board of 4 journals. He was President of the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA) from 2010 to 2014. Dr. Chugani has mentored numerous students, postdocs, fellows and junior faculty, many of who now hold academic faculty positions with independent NIH funding. He has published several hundred articles and 2 books.
Dr. Stephen Falchek - Neurology
Dr. Falchek is currently the section chief of the division of neurology, after having served in this same role for nearly 9 years in the past. He is also the director of the newly established child neurology training program, and the site director of the pediatric epilepsy fellowship, of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Falchek is board-certified in pediatrics, neurology with special qualifications in child neurology, clinical neurophysiology, and epilepsy.
Dr. Falchek’s personal career began with an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Haverford College, followed by Temple University School of medicine, pediatrics residency at St. Christopher’s in Philadelphia, and then child neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Falchek is a founder and current president and medical director, of Exceptional Care for Children, Inc., a 35-bed skilled nursing facility for children, in a truly home-like setting, in Newark, DE.
Dr. Brian Jain - Neurology
Dr. Kristen Kelly - Dermatology
Kristen M. Kelly, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist and Professor at the University of California (UC), Irvine. She attend UC, Los Angeles as both an undergraduate and medical student. She completed an internship in internal medicine and a dermatology residency at UC Irvine. After residency, Dr. Kelly completed a fellowship in photomedicine and biomedical optics at the Beckman Laser Institute and then obtained an academic appointment in the departments of dermatology and surgery at UC Irvine.
She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Dermatology and the Dermatology Residency Program Director at UC Irvine. Her research has helped to optimize cutaneous vascular lesion treatment, evaluate cutaneous angiogenesis, and develop and evaluate novel dermatologic light based imaging and therapeutic options. She has given over 200 lectures at local, national and international conferences and events and has authored over 100 scientific papers and 15 book chapters. Dr Kelly is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and her research has been funded by the ASLMS, Sturge-Weber Foundation, Dermatology Foundation and National Institute of Health.
Dr. Alex Levin - Ophthalmology
Following completion of a pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Levin completed an ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by a pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where he returned to become Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Genetics and Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto while working as a staff ophthalmologist at The Hospital for Sick Children for over 16 years. In 2008 he returned to Wills as the Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics. His practice is largely devoted to pediatric glaucoma, cataract and uveitis as well as ocular genetics. He is Medical Advisor to and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association (www.pgcfa.org), a member of the Childhood Glaucoma Research Network and coordinator of their Robison Harley, MD CGRN International Pediatric Glaucoma Registry. His book, Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract: Your Questions Answered, is now free open access for families affected by childhood glaucoma. He is the former Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for the Sturge-Weber Foundation.
Dr. Jeffrey Loeb - Neurology
Dr. Jeffrey Loeb, M.D., Ph. D. is a clinician-scientist with a focus on neurological disorders and holds the John S. Garvin Chair and is a Professor and Head of the department of Neurology and Rehabilitiation at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He serves as the Chief Clinical Strategist for the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Loeb’s clinical specialty is on the evaluation and treatment of patients with epilepsy. He is an expert in the measurement and assessment of epileptic electrical activity in the brain using EEG, or electroence-phalography and the medical and surgical management of patients with hard to control seizures. Loeb has linked his clinical and research interests through pioneering a unique systems biology approach that analyzes gene and protein expression in human brain to identify new ways to diagnose and treat disease. The technique has revealed previously-undescribed “microlesions” in brain tissue from patients with neocortical epilepsy. These microlesions may lead to the generation of epileptic electrical activity in the neocortex. Loeb is also a leader in the field of growth factor signaling in motor neurons and has developed an innovative, patented drug-targeting technology that could significantly improve the treatment of brain disorders and cancer. Dr. Loeb trained in chemistry and biochemistry for his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Chicago followed by residency training in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He subsequently combined epilepsy training at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital with research in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard working with Gerald Fischbach on neuregulin in nervous system development. He came to the University of Illinois in 2013 after advancing his research and clinical careers at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan rising to the rank of full professor and Associate Director of the enter for Molecular Medicine and Genetics. He is currently the founding director of the University of Illinois NeuroRespository: A combined data and tissue repository with an underlying goal of finding new biomarkers and targets for brain disorders.
Dr. Anna Pinto - Neurology
Dr. Anna Pinto received her medical degree from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She then went on to complete her Ph.D. in Neurology at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In addition, Dr. Pinto completed her epilepsy and neurophysiology fellowship, neurology residency program, and neurogenetics fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston, MA. Here clinical interests include pediatric epilepsy and Sturge-Weber syndrome.
Dr. Jonathan Salvin - Ophthalmology
Jonathan Salvin, M.D., is part of the Division of Ophthalmology at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Jonathan grew up in the Philadelphia area and attended the University of Deleware for his undergraduate work. He attended medical school at Jeffereson and his residency at Geisinger Medical Center. His pediatric ophthalmology fellowship was at Children’s National Medical Center. After his fellowship, Jonathan joined Nemours. He has been at Nemours for 13 years.
Dr. Sarat Thikkussey - Dentistry
Dr. S. Thikkurissy, DDS, MS is the current Chief of Dentistry, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He obtained his DDS from New York University, and his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the Ohio State University/Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He has lectured internationally on caries morbidity and procedural sedation. having practiced in Hospital Dentistry for 11 years, he has a clinical passion for management of oral disease in patients with special needs.