Pan American Section

MDS-PAS ChairPan American Section

Henrique B. Ferraz, MD
Professor of Neurology
Federal University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil


July 2017

Dear Colleagues,

As my term begins, I would like to thank the 2015-17 Executive Committee members, especially the past-chair Prof. Francisco Cardoso, and all of those who came before in managing a very successful section. Also, thank you to everyone involved in the many educational programs that our section has provided over the years.

At the MDS Congress in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the MDS-PAS Regional Assembly was held in which our new leadership was voted into office. I would like to welcome our new 2017-21 leaders:

  • Cynthia Comella, Chair-Elect – Chicago, IL, USA
  • Alberto Espay, Secretary-Elect – Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • William Fernández, Treasurer-Elect – Bogotá, Colombia
  • Steven Frucht, Executive Committee Member – New York, NY, USA
  • Pedro González-Alegre, Executive Committee Member – Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Anne Louise Lafontaine, Executive Committee Member – Montréal, Canada
  • Carlos Rieder, Executive Committee Member – Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Tanya Simuni, Executive Committee Member – Chicago, IL, USA


MDS-PAS Executive Committee officer/members serving their second term:

  • Hubert Fernandez, Secretary – Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Pedro Chaná-Cuevas, Treasurer – Santiago, Chile
  • Robert Hauser, Tampa, FL, USA
  • Connie Marras, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Mauricio Rueda-Acevedo, Medellín, Colombia
  • Marcos Serrano-Dueñas, Quito, Ecuador
  • Sara Teixeira Camargos, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Our newly appointed MDS-PAS Education Committee will continue to oversee the development of relevant educational courses, outreach programs and select the most qualified participants for the MDS-PAS Visiting Trainee Grant Program. 

Welcome to our 2017-19 Committee members:

  • Tomoko Arakaki, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Erika D. Driver Dunckley, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
  • Emilia Gatto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Pravin Khemani, Dallas, TX, USA
  • Tiago A. Mestre, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Laura Silveira-Moriyama, Campinas, Brazil
  • Carlos Singer, Miami, FL, USA
  • Michelle H S Tosin, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Members serving a second term:

  • Jennifer Goldman, Chicago, IL, USA (Chair)
  • Gabriel J. Arango, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Ruth A. Hagestuen, Minnetonka, MN, USA
  • Oksana Suchowersky, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Thiago Cardoso Vale, Juiz de Fora, Brazil

On behalf of the members of the MDS Pan American Section, I pledge to work diligently and closely with the MDS Officers, MDS Education Committee and the MDS-PAS Executive/Education Committee on the section’s strategic goals and to continue to bring high quality and needed education to our region.   


Henrique B. Ferraz