Together For Wellness Health Education Forum:

Underrepresentation in Research: Disparities, Impact, Solutions

Join Dr. Ben Thrower, M.D. (Shepherd Center Atlanta) and Dr. Amy Gutierrez M.D. (Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute) for a conversation about how advances in neurological science, medicine, and healthcare can benefit everyone through inclusive approaches to research. 

Thursday, November 9th, 6:00 pm -7:00 pm

Shepherd Center Gymnasium

(Take main elevators to floor GY)

2020 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Dinner will be provided!

Ben Thrower, M.D., is the medical director of the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute at Shepherd Center. He previously served as the medical director of the Holy Family Multiple Sclerosis Institute in Spokane, Wash. In Spokane, he was the chair of the Inland Northwest Chapter of the NMSS. In 2000, he was awarded the Norm Cohn Hope Chest Award by the National MS Society, recognizing his work with the MS community. Dr. Thrower co-authored the book Navigating Life with MS. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at the Augusta University/UGA Medical Partnership. Dr. Thrower has also served as Senior Medical Advisor for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation for many years.

Amy Gutierrez, MD, FAAN, is a neurologist with the Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute Neurology Group. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and American Board of Neuromuscular Medicine. She also is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Gutierrez earned her medical degree from East Central University in the Dominican Republic. Her extensive post-graduate training includes a residency in adult psychiatry at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, New York; neurology residency at Louisiana State University (LSU), New Orleans; child psychiatry fellowship at St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital, New York; and clinical neurophysiology fellowship, LSU School of Medicine.
In 2010 Dr. Gutierrez was a founding member of the ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic at LSU Health Science Center. She worked collaboratively with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and ALS Association providing care to patients and their families. In addition, she was involved in research with the North Eastern ALS Society and as a member of the ALS Clinic at the New Orleans VA Clinic. Dr. Gutierrez has been the principal investigator for many research trials related to MS. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience with MS and has held leadership roles with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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