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Saud A. Sadiq, MD, FAAN

Saud A. Sadiq, MD, FAAN

Director

Saud A. Sadiq, MD, FAAN is the founder/director of the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice. He is also the Director and Chief Research Scientist of the Tisch MS Research Center of New York. These two institutions opened their doors together in 2006 and constitute the largest MS Center in the world.

Dr. Sadiq, a native of Kenya, is a board-certified neurologist who completed medical school at the University of Nairobi and residency training in Internal Medicine in Kenya and in England. He then completed a residency in Neurology at the University of Texas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. From 1988-91, he trained as a research fellow funded by a Dana Fellowship award and an MDA Fellowship in Neuroimmunology at Columbia University in New York. From 1992-98, he was Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Neurological Institute at Columbia University, where he served as Associate Director of the MS Clinical Program. In 1998, he became Director of the MS Research and Treatment Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. From 2000-2005, he served as Chairman of the Department of Neurology at St. Luke's-Roosevelt, with faculty appointments at Columbia University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

 

His research interests are focused on multiple sclerosis and include: investigating the intrathecal oligoclonal B-cell response, exploring the mechanisms of disease progression, biomarker development, and applying stem cell biology to clinical use. Clinically, Dr. Sadiq is an internationally acknowledged expert in multiple sclerosis, receiving numerous awards for his research and clinical activities. He has been an invited guest speaker nationally and internationally at numerous meetings and has more than 100 publications. He is among a select few MS specialists who direct a full-time clinical practice combined with a productive laboratory-based research program. 

Included in the following Castle Connolly publications and/or partner publications:

America's Top Doctors: 14th Edition, 13th Edition

America's Top Doctors: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

Top Doctors: New York Metro Area: 18th Edition, 17th Edition, 16th Edition, 15th Edition, 14th Edition

Top Doctors New York Metro Area: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

New York Magazine: Best Doctors Issue: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 1999 (Hall of Fame Issue), 1996

 
 

MS patient with daughterIT WAS TIME FOR A CHANGE

"At some point I realized the path I was on was not the best for my type A personality, where I must be the captain of my own destiny. While my neurologist was smart and qualified, he was a generalist. He had some MS patients, but it was not the focus of his practice and ultimately he was not proactively addressing my condition. It was at that point that I sought a neurologist who was a specialist in MS and whose practice was specific to and focused on MS. I did my research, and found Dr. Sadiq. Dr. Sadiq was a game changer for me. Before seeing Dr. Sadiq, I wasn't necessarily convinced that even I had MS, after all I only had the one lesion. So technically I had 'singular' sclerosis. I was living in semi-denial. He explained that if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it's a duck! He said we can be proactive and treat me for MS or we can wait for another episode, one that could possibly leave me with some degree of disability. We chose the former. I went on treatment and have been disease activity free for 16 years. Dr. Sadiq's guidance and expertise allowed me to feel I was taking back control of my life, and with his support and friendship not to mention his wonderful team, I haven't looked back. My anxiety, panic and constant fear are long since gone, and I now live my life with the confidence and expectation of a healthy and full life. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Sadiq and the IMSMP." - Steve Young

James W. Stark, MD, FAAN

James W. Stark, MD, FAAN

Attending Neurologist & Assistant Medical Director, Director of Clinical Trials

Dr. James W. Stark is a board-certified neurologist at the IMSMP. He received his bachelor's degree with distinction from Boston University and completed medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Originally from New York, he continued at Einstein for his neurology residency training and was designated a chief resident of neurology during his final year. Dr. Stark then completed a two-year neuroimmunology fellowship at the Tisch MS Research Center of New York with Dr. Sadiq. Dr. Stark has been featured on Everydayhealth.com offering expert advice on MS symptoms and relapses. In addition to patient care, Dr. Stark serves as the Director of Clinical Trials at the IMSMP and has presented clinical research on MS at numerous medical conferences.

In 2019, Dr. Stark was elected a Fellow Member of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN). This outstanding achievement recognizes the contributions Dr. Stark has made to the Academy and to the neurology community. To receive this prestigious honor, accomplishments both academically and clinically were taken into consideration. These include the publication of papers and representations at national meetings as well as consistent and significant service in the area of clinical neurology which goes above and beyond and promotes the neurosciences.

Included in the following publications:

 

New York Super Doctors: Rising Star Doctors in New York: 2018, 2017, 2016

New York Top Doctor: 2018, 2019

Castle Connolly Top Doctor (Neurology) 2019

   

 

 

 

MS patient with familyCOPING WITH A NEW MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS IS A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

"However, it doesn't necessarily have to be a difficult on​e​. In July of 2011, I was floored when first diagnosed with MS. However, in what should have been one of the most difficult times in my life, Dr. Stark and the IMSMP team found a way to make my diagnosis manageable. Fortunate enough to have found Dr. Stark just a few months after my diagnosis, he not only helped me manage my ​initial pain and vision issues, but was also able to comfort the concerns I had about my future as well. Having just founded my own social media agency, one which was rapidly growing, I had great concerns as to whether or not I could keep up and continue to be a part of and enjoy the business I had worked so hard to create and grow. Dr. Stark and his staff were able to reassure me that with proper treatment and care from IMSMP, I would be able live my life no differently than before I was diagnosed. It's now been three years since my diagnosis and my business is thriving. More importantly, so am I! Needless to say, I am beyond appreciative of the care, concern and expertise demonstrated by Dr. Stark." - Stephanie Abrams Cartin

Armistead D. Williams III, MD

Armistead D. Williams III, MD

Associate Medical Director, Attending Neurologist

Dr. Armistead D. Williams III, is the Associate Medical Director at the IMSMP. He received his BA with majors in biology and studio art at the University of Virginia. He received his MD and completed his medical internship at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He trained in neurology at The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center, one of the nation's foremost neurology centers. During his residency, he was awarded the 2005 Daniel Sciarra Patient Care Award for outstanding patient care and humanism.  He joined the IMSMP in 2007 after a two-year neuroimmunology fellowship wih Dr. Sadiq.

Included in the following publications:

New York Super Doctors/Rising Star Doctors in New York: 2014, 2013 and selected for inclusion as a 

Super Doctor in New York: 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015 

Castle Connolly Top Doctor New York Metro Area in the field of Neurology: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

 

MS patient with familyDR. ARMISTEAD WILLIAMS HAS GIVEN ME MY LIFE BACK

"Before I was diagnosed with MS, I was given many false diagnoses. My symptoms began in 2004 and slowly worsened, intensifying over the years. It wasn’t until January of 2010 that I was finally sent for an MRI for the first time. During this time, I struggled with a variety of symptoms that were never adequately explained. After a year and a half of active MS, I was finally led to the IMSMP and my life once again began to return to normal. My doctor was able to get my pain under control which I never thought possible. He gave me the right treatments and medications along with physical therapy and he was able to put me into a remission, after such a long drawn out relapse. When I returned to him after 6 months of the treatments he had me on, he asked me to walk down the hallway, I told him I’d run and I did. I went from having babysitters around the clock, because I could not take care of my three children under four years old, to having an additional baby and now running after my 4 beautiful children daily! The gratitude I have for the IMSMP and to Dr. Williams is beyond words. They are always there when you need them. The office staff is helpful, the doctors are amazing, and the research team is determined to find a cure, which I believe will come from Tisch MSRCNY. They were able to get me out of a 16 month relapse and they have kept me stable. A few months ago I was dancing at a wedding in high heels and I had the biggest smile on my face. I said to my husband, thanks to Dr. Williams I can do this. I know with the help of the IMSMP, I can maintain this wonderful quality of life that they have given back to me and my family." - Melinda Saffioti

Deneb R. Bates, ND

Deneb R. Bates, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Bates is a Naturopathic Doctor who provides a knowledgeable holistic approach to the care of people living with Multiple Sclerosis. She specializes in natural treatment options for improving wellness, such as nutrition and botanical medicine, and believes in empowering patients to take positive actions for their own health and wellbeing. Dr. Bates received a Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen State College in biochemistry and ethnobotany, and received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, the premier medical school offering a four-year naturopathic medical education. She has additional post-graduate training in women's health, midwifery, allergy, and immunology.

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