The non-profit organization MS Views and News (MSVN) has invited two health care experts on multiple sclerosis (MS) to join their new medical advisory board. Brian Steingo, MD and Patricia Pagnotta, MSN, ARNP-C will co-chair the new board to assist the organization with its mission of offering the MS community education, empowerment and resources.
MSVN has invited Dr. Steingo to co-chair the board due to his nationally recognized expertise on MS. With a medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and post-graduate training in internal medicine, he is now a board certified neurologist. Dr. Steingo moved to the United States to complete his residency in neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Steingo is fully dedicated to treating patients who suffer from MS, while he has also focused on supporting clinical research trials, having been a member of the Clinical Action Committee and Board of Trustees of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for several years and also a well-known public speaker in the field.
A leading nurse specialist in MS health care, Patricia Pagnotta, MSN, ARNP-C is also acknowledged in the area for her work with patients suffering from the chronic disease. She holds an undergraduate nursing degree from Towson State University in Maryland, as well as a graduate degree from the University of Maryland and an ARNP certification from the University of Central Florida.
Pagnotta is also a public speaker and MS patient educator, while she serves as practicing nurse with Neurology Associates, PA and the MS Center of Greater Orlando. She is engaged in both research and clinical practice since 2005, while she is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Central Florida and Adventist University of Health Sciences, and an active participant in the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.
The two new chairs of MSVN’s medical advisory board are going to lead volunteers working at the organization as well as the medical staff with the aim to improve education and informational resources on MS. MS Views and News was founded in 2008 and is currently a source of articles, videos and presentations on the debilitating disease.