The Stanford Neuromuscular Disorders Program Team

John W. Day, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences Director, Stanford Neuromuscular Disorders Program

Dr. Day has over 25 years of experience in diagnosing, treating and supporting patients with neuromuscular diseases.  He is involved in ongoing research defining causes, diagnosis and novel treatments of genetic neuromuscular disorders.  Prior to his arrival at Stanford in 2011, Dr. Day directed the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center at University of Minnesota.  Dr. Day graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his Residency and Fellowship at University of California Medical School in San Francisco.  Dr. Day is Board Certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Day serves as an advisor to many scientific committees researching neuromuscular diseases, including NIH’s Advisory Committees on Muscular Dystrophy and Muscular Dystrophy research.

His areas of interest include most areas of nerve and muscle diseases, in particular, muscular dystrophies, motor neuron diseases, Ataxia and Myasthenia Gravis.

Michelle Cao, DO
Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Cao is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Sleep Medicine. She received her medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Loma Linda University.  Dr. Cao then went on to complete Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Sleep Medicine fellowship at Stanford University.

Dr. Cao is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties.  Dr. Cao sees patients at the Stanford Sleep Medicine Clinic in Redwood City Campus and the Neuromuscular Multidisciplinary Clinic in the Stanford Neurosciences Institute.  Her clinical expertise includes obstructive sleep apnea; central sleep apnea and pulmonary/sleep related breathing disorders in neuromuscular disease. Her research interests include advanced positive airway pressure treatment for sleep-disordered breathing; opioid induced central sleep apnea, and sleep education.

Charles Cho, MD
Clinical Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Cho has over a decade of experience in diagnostic electrophysiological testing and treatment of neuromuscular and pain disorders.  Dr. Cho, a Clinical Professor of Neurology, joined Stanford Hospital in 2001 after his fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He completed his Residency at Stanford University School of Medicine in 2000.

His interests are in muscle and motor neuron disease, the neurophysiology and electrical functions of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves, and the neuroablative therapies available using anesthetics, steroids, and toxins.  He specializes in emerging treatments for patients with neurological diseases.

Les Dorfman, MD
Professor Emeritus, Active, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Les Dorman studies the clinical electrophysiology of the peripheral and central nervous systems, including nerve conduction velocity; electromyography (EMG); and visual, auditory and somatosensory evoked potentials. He also studies the application of digital signal processing techniques in clinical neurophysiology for diagnosis of neurological disorders and for neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Dorfman has been on staff at Stanford for more than thirty years.

Dr. Dorfman received his M.D. From Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed residencies at Greenwich Hospital and at Stanford Hospital. He did fellowships at the National Hospital in London and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Faisal Fecto, MD, PhD
Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Fecto is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in neuromuscular medicine. Dr. Fecto completed his medical training at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan in 2005, where he was also junior faculty till 2006. Dr. Fecto completed his PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern University in 2012 during which he was supported by a University Fellowship and an NIH/NIA Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship. From 2012 to 2015 he completed his post-doctoral training in neurogenetics at Northwestern University as the Link Foundation Fellow. Dr. Fecto completed his neurology residency and chief residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as part of the clinical-neuroscientist and physician-scientist training programs. Dr. Fecto completed his fellowship in neuromuscular medicine at Stanford University in 2020.

Dr. Fecto has received several awards including the resident teaching award, resident team leader award, a resident lectureship by the Iowa Neurological Association, and a fellow scholarship by the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Fecto is a well-published researcher and serves as an associate editor for the journal BMC Neurology. His research explores the pathogenic mechanisms that contribute to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and related disorders. His research is supported by an NIH/NINDS R25 Research Education Grant. Dr. Fecto is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Society for Neuroscience, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Medical Association.

Neelam Goyal, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Goyal received her medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.  She completed her Neurology residency and fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular Diseases at Stanford University Hospital.  She served as Chief Resident in her last year of Residency. Dr. Goyal is Board Certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Neurophysiology by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Her clinical and research interests include ALS, hereditary neuropathies and myopathies, and autoimmune neuromuscular disorders including myasthenia gravis, myositis and inflammatory neuropathies. She offers treatment with botulinum toxin for sialorrhea in ALS. She performs single fiber electromyography in the diagnostic evaluation for neuromuscular junction transmission disorders.  

She also focuses her efforts on teaching the medical students and neurology residents about neurological and neuromuscular diseases, peripheral neuroanatomy, and the proper technique and interpretation of electromyography and nerve conduction studies, and serves as the education chief for the neuromuscular division. 

Maxwell Greene, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Greene received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and was the recipient of the American Academy of Neurology medical student prize for excellence in Neurology. He then went on to complete neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the recipient of an R25 grant from the NIH, and won the Samuel T. Zeritsky award for research at Penn. He then completed fellowship in EMG and Neuromuscular Medicine and a research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Greene is board-certified in Neurology and Neuromuscular Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, from 2017 before joining Stanford in 2020.  His interests and research include acquired and inherited neuromuscular diseases, including nerve disorders such as Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and muscle disorders such as Myotonic Dystrophy and Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD).  

Safwan Jaradeh, MD
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director, Autonomic Disorders Program

Dr. Jaradeh's clinical interests include autonomic disorders, small fiber neuropathies and the development of effective methods of testing and treating these disorders. Prior work has focused on small fiber painful and autonomic neuropathies; syndromes of orthostatic intolerance and syncope; gastrointestinal motility dysfunction; cyclic vomiting; protected Gastroesophageal Reflux; non-allergic rhinitis syndromes; and the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and normal or abnormal sleep. Additional areas of interest include the neurology of phonation and swallowing disorders, and peripheral nerve injury and repair.

Dr. Jaradeh is board certified in Clinical Neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and board certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Prior to his arrival at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Jaradeh was the Chair and a professor at Medical College of Wisconsin from 2000 to 2011.

Jenna Klotz, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Jenna Klotz completed a Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship with a focus on EMG and pediatric neuromuscular medicine. She earned her medical degree at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine prior to completing her pediatrics and child neurology training at Stanford where she served as chief resident for the neurology program. She especially enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary care team and focusing on quality of life for pediatric neuromuscular patients. Additional interests include creating accessible play spaces for children and parents with disabilities, pediatric movement disorders, infectious diseases, and, of course, playing with her son, Arthur. 

Kenneth Leung, MD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Leung is a board-certified neurologist who practices both comprehensive neurology and neuromuscular medicine. He has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of a broad range of disorders affecting muscle and nerves, including motor neuron disease, neuropathy, neuromuscular junction disorders, and myopathy. Additionally, he is an avid clinician educator who develops course work, is involved in education research, and teaches medical students and neurology residents/fellows. He currently serves as Director of the Neurology Clerkship for medical students within the Stanford University School of Medicine.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley where he was awarded the 2011 Departmental Citation Award for Excellence in Research in Immunology. In 2016 he earned his medical degree and concurrent master’s degree in applied anatomy from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He then completed his internal medicine internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and neurology residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. During this time, he developed a passion for neurology education and served on graduate medical education committees for curricular development, trainee well-being and resilience, and quality improvement. For his work in medical education, he was selected as a Harvard Macy Institute Scholar in 2018 and was awarded the 2020 Institute for Medical Education House Staff Excellence in Teaching Award. He was also inducted as a house staff in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He then went on to complete a neuromuscular medicine fellowship at Stanford prior to joining as faculty.

Kathie Lin, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Lin practices both Neuromuscular Medicine and Comprehensive Neurology in Emeryville and Palo Alto. She has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of neuromuscular disease including neuromuscular junction disorders, motor neuron disease, and focal neuropathy. Additionally, she is interested in medical education and developing a practical framework for teaching neurology and neurophysiology to medical students and neurology residents.

She earned her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where was awarded a Dean's Scholarship and the Dr. Tryphena Humphrey Student Award in Neurology. She completed neurology residency at the Harvard Neurology Program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where she served as an administrative chief resident in her final year and was awarded the Michael Ronthal Resident Teaching Award. She then went on to complete her neuromuscular medicine fellowship at Stanford.

Srikanth Muppidi, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr Muppidi is a clinical associate professor in the autonomic and neuromuscular divisions. After finishing medical school in South India, he obtained MRCP (London) before moving to the US and completed neurology residency training at Thomas Jefferson University and neuromuscular fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in clinical care and diagnostic testing for various autonomic disorders and neuromuscular disorders. His clinical interests include various types of neuropathies, autonomic disorders and Myasthenia Gravis. His research interests include treatment and outcome measures in Myasthenia Gravis, methods to detect early autonomic impairment in diabetes and diagnosis and management of immune/neurodegenerative causes of autonomic failure.

Dr Muppidi is board certified in Neurology and in Neuromuscular disorders by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also board certified in Autonomic Disorders by the UCNS Board of American Autonomic Society.

Prior to his arrival at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in November 2013, Dr. Muppidi was an Assistant Professor in Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2009.

Thomas A. Rando, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director, Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging

Dr. Rando has over 20 years of experience in research in muscle diseases and the diagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases. He received his MD and PhD from Harvard University, after which he completed his neurology residency at UCSF and postdoctoral training at Stanford before joining the faculty in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences as an Assistant Professor. He was a founding director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic at Stanford. Dr. Rando is Chief of Neurology at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System where he also is Director of the Rehabilitation Research & Development Center of Excellence whose focus is translational research and tissue engineering for neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders.

His primary research interests are in muscle stem cell biology and therapeutics from muscular dystrophies, stem cell aging, and musculoskeletal tissue engineering.

Jacinda Sampson, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor

Dr. Jacinda Sampson received her MD and a PhD in biochemistry from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed her neurology residency and neurogenetics fellowship at the University of Utah. She served at Columbia University Medical Center prior to joining Stanford University Medical Center in 2015. Her areas of interest include myotonic dystrophies, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and neurogenetic disorders such as neurofibromatosis, hereditary spastic paraparesis, spinocerebellar ataxia, among others. She is interested in clinical trials for treatment of neurogenetic disorders, and is the clinical application of next-generation genomic sequencing to genetic testing.

Sarada Sakamuri, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Dr. Sarada Sakamuri is dedicated to the care of patients with traumatic nerve injuries and is passionate about housestaff education. She is Co-Director of the Center for Peripheral Nerve Surgery, where she collaborates with colleagues in surgery, radiology, PM&R, and pain medicine to improve the care of patients with nerve injury. She enjoys teaching at all levels and serves as Director of the Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship, Associate Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology/EMG Fellowship, and a senior preceptor in the Neurology Resident Continuity Clinic. Her research interests include neuromuscular ultrasound, nerve trauma, and housestaff education, and multiple neuromuscular disorders.

Dr. Sakamuri received her medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ, where she focused on community health education and was elected member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society.  She completed her neurology residency at Stanford University and served as chief resident in her final year.  She pursued her interest for neuromuscular disorders by completing fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology/EMG and Neuromuscular Medicine at Stanford, and a concurrent research fellowship at Forbes Norris MDA/ALS Research Center.

Dr. Sakamuri is board-certified in Neurology and in Neuromuscular Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is board-certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine and in Neuromuscular Ultrasound by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (an effort of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine).  

Carly Siskind, MS, LCGC
Senior Genetic Counselor
Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated)

Before joining the neuromuscular team in 2011, Carly Siskind worked in neurogenetics at Wayne State University in Detroit. She sees patients both at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Ms. Siskind is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology (Affiliated), with her main research focus being Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

Ms. Siskind obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan with a major in Biology, minor in Global Change and a teaching certificate for high school science. She obtained her Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. She was board certified by the National Society of Genetic Counselors in 2009 and licensed by the state of California in 2011.

Yuen So, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Chief, Neurology Clinics

Dr. So has over 30 years of experience in the diagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases. He received his Ph.D. From Rockefeller University, and his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine.  He completed his Neurology Residency and Electrophysiology Fellowship training at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. Dr. So held faculty positions at University of California at San Francisco and Oregon Health Sciences University before joining Stanford in 1999, where he is currently Professor of Neurology and Chief of the Neurology Clinics.

Dr. So is board certified in Neurology with added Qualification in Neuromuscular Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and in Electrodiagnostic Medicine by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. His areas of interest include most areas of nerve and muscle diseases, in particular, myasthenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and neuropathy. His research focuses on peripheral neuropathy, ALS and myasthenia gravis.

Dr. So is passionate about teaching. He directed the Neurology Residency Training at Stanford for 11 years. He won the L. Forno Award for Teaching Excellence in the Neurology Department in 1999. He was nominated by Stanford medical students in 2005 for the AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award. He has also been included in Best Doctors list for many years.

Ana Carolina Tesi Rocha, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Neurology & Neurological Sciences

After moving to the United States from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Tesi Rocha received her second medical degree from Children’s National Medical Center. She continued her work at Children’s National as an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, was the co-director of the MDA clinic, as well as the director of the neuromuscular program and electrodiagnostic lab.  Dr. Tesi Rocha specializes in general child neurology with a focus on pediatric neuromuscular disorders.  Her clinical research focuses on SMA, muscular dystrophies and congenital myopathies.

Hannes Vogel, MD
Professor, Pathology
Director of Neuropathology

Dr. Vogel’s research interests include nerve and muscle pathology, mitochondrial diseases, pediatric neurooncology, and transgenic mouse pathology.  Dr. Vogel is the Director of Neuropathology and Neuropathology Fellowship at Stanford from 2002 to the present.