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The medical advisory board is comprised of recognized authorities in diverse medical fields. Many are at leading academic facilities, clinical hospitals, and/or research institutions in both human and veterinary medicine. All have devoted their time and medical expertise to the cause of improving the lives of people and pets afflicted with Chiari-like malformation and Syringomyelia by working together to bridge the divide that exists in those respective fields. Teams of neurologists, pediatricians, radiologists, computer engineers, statisticians, biomedical fluid engineers, MRI specialists and neurosurgeons work together every day, without barriers to make a difference.



Maria Alfano

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Maria Alfano

 

Maria Alfano is the chief imaging  technologist at Long Island Veterinary Specialists.  She received an Associate degree in Liberal Arts at Suffolk Community College in 1997 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University in Medical Biology in 1999.  She is licensed as a Radiologic Technologist by the New York State Health department,

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Ann Bilderback

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Ann Bilderback
Dr. Ann Bilderback graduated with honors from Dartmouth College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and then graduated with distinction from Cornell University where is received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. During her senior year of veterinary school,
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Curtis W. Dewey

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Curtis Dewey

 

Dr. Curtis W. Dewey is an associate professor and section head of Neurology/Neurosurgery at College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (neurology) and the American College of Veterinary Surgery. Dr. Dewey is the author of “A Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology”,

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Martin Lesser

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Martin Lesser
Martin L. Lesser, PhD, is Director and Investigator, Biostatistics Unit at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research on the campus of the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY.  He is also Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Hofstra University School of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Public Health, Weill-Cornell Medical College. 
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Francis Loth

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Francis Loth
Dr. Frank Loth received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 1984 from West Virginia University and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1988. In 1990 he earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering followed by a PhD in 1993 both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Catherine A. Loughin

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Catherine Loughin
Dr. Catherine A. Loughin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, from which she graduated in 1995. She then attended Michigan State University, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000, and was the recipient of the Berrien County Kennel Club Scholarship award.
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Dominic Marino

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Dominic MarinoDr. Dominic J. Marino is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff of Long Island Veterinary Specialists, an internationally recognized veterinary specialty center with a staff of over 180.  He is the founding director of the Canine Chiari Institute at LIVS and founding board member of the New York Veterinary Foundation. Dr.Marino was honored with both the Martin and Beatrice Weiser Outstanding Research Award and the North Shore Animal League Petering Scholarship Award during his residency. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is the former head of Orthopedic/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

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Leonard J. Marino

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Leonard Marino
Dr. Leonard J. Marino is the scientific editor at the Canine Chiari  Institute, as well as the chief editor of “LIVS in PlainView”, the monthly newsletter of Long Island Veterinary Specialists located in Plainview NY. Publication initiated in 2008 with the avowed purpose of featuring scientific articles that originate with LIVS personnel and from guest authors on topics covering advances in veterinary medicine,
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George Poppe

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George-Poppe

 

George Poppe graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy,  NY where he received his Bachelor  of Science degree in Physics. Mr. Poppe's special area of interest is in Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. He has been involved in many research projects relating to these conditions at human hospitals, including: North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, as well as, the SUNY, Downstate.

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Joseph Sackman

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A graduate of  the SUNY at Stony Brook in 2008, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio Psychology and a Minor in Biology, he was a recipient of the NY State Chancellor of Education’s Award for Academic Excellence in 2004. Mr. Sackman comes to Long Island Veterinary Specialists with a background of working with several research scientists during his undergraduate career.

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Patrick Solt

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Solt

 

Patrick Solt is currently a PhD candidate in Engineering Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He received his BS degree in Computer Engineering, summa cum laude, from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2000.

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Joseph D. Stefanacci

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Dr. Stefanacci received his Bachelor of Science degree, with honors,  in 1979 from the Pennsylvania State University.  He attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his VMD in 1983.  Following six years of private small animal practice in Philadelphia, Dr. Stefanacci completed a three year residency in radiology and alternate imaging

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Amy S. Tidwell

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Amy S. Tidwell

 

Dr. Amy Tidwell, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, was associate professor and Faculty Radiologist at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine prior to coming to LIVS.  She received her Veterinary Degree from Ohio State University in 1983, did a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in

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Scott E. Umbaugh

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Scott Umbaugh

 

Dr. Scott E Umbaugh is professor and Graduate Program Director for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE). He is also Director of the Computer Vision and Image Processing (CVIP) Laboratory at SIUE and has been teaching computer vision and image processing,

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Mark Wagshul

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Mark Wagshul
Dr. Mark Wagshul is presently a senior research staff member of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. He has held that position since September 2009, and prior to this, served as Director of the Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Stony Brook University, overseeing 15 years of MRI research. 
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A reference guide for veterinary professionals interested in Chiari -Like Malformation and Syringomyelia. 

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