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John Kamholz, MD, PhD
John Kamholz MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurology, a Professor in the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, and a member of the Graduate Group in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Wayne State School of Medicine in
Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Kamholz received his MD and PhD in Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and did his training in Neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Medical Staff Fellow at the at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, headed by Dr. Robert Lazzarini, and was a member of the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine before joining the faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1994.

 Dr. Kamholz’ research and clinical interests include the regulation and structure of myelin and diseases of the myelin sheath, and the role of mitochondria in demyelinating disease pathogenesis. Dr. Kamholz is currently a member of the scientific review panel of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease Foundation. He has also served on the Fellowship Committee for the National MS Society, the Medical Advisory Committee of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and has been an associate editor for the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. As a result of his scientific achievements, Dr. Kamholz has been elected a member of the American Neurological Association, and has been listed in "Best Doctors in America”. He currently receives funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National MS Society, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Lobelia Samavati, MD

Dr. Samavati is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Critical and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Samavati received her medical degree from the University of Cologne Medical School in Germany.  She completed a Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining Wayne State University in 2004, Dr. Samavati was a pulmonary physician at Central Hospital Bad Berka in Germany. In both 2006 and 2007, Dr. Samavati received the Award for Excellence in Sarcoidosis Research from the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research.

Her research interests include signaling pathways underlying the sustained inflammation in sarcoidosis and mitochondrial disease.

Gerald Feldman, MD, PhD
Dr. Feldman is the Director of Clinical Genetics Services, Director of the Medical Genetics Residency Program, Director of the Molecular Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory, and Medical Director of Genetic Counseling Program. He is a professor in Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Pathology and Pediatrics. Dr. Feldman obtained his PhD and MD from the Medical College of Virginia. He did a pediatric residency and postdoctoral fellowships in clinical genetics and clinical biochemical/molecular genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics and clinical biochemical/ molecular genetics. Dr. Feldman coordinates patient care in all the genetics clinics of the
Detroit Medical Center.
 His research interests include the molecular diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and the development of expanded newborn screening for genetic conditions. He is currently President of the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics and a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Medical Genetics.

Tamam Mohamd, MD
Dr. Tamam Mohamd is a fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist from Wayne State University. He received his medical degree from Damascus University School of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Mohamd performed internal medicine residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center; soon thereafter he began his cardiology fellowship at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center
Dr. Mohamd specializes in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, and cardiovascular genetic disorders. He is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, with specialty certification in cardiovascular medicine, internal medicine, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and vascular ultrasound.

 In 2009, Dr. Mohamd was awarded “Best Fellow of the Year” in the Internal Medicine/Cardiology Department at Wayne State University for excellence of patient care and medical education.

Vinod Misra, M.D., Ph. D.
Dr. Misra is Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. degree Biophysics. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Following an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Dr. Misra was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Chemistry. He then went on to complete Medical Genetics Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After working at the University of Michigan, Dr. Misra joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the Wayne State University in 2010. He is currently Medical Geneticist in the department. He sees a range of patients and has expertise in management of patients with dysmorphology, congenital anomalies, inborn errors of metabolism, and other genetic disorders.

He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Genetics. Dr. Misra also has expertise in the use of physical, chemical and mathematical approaches to study complex biological systems using sophisticated computational methods. In addition to his clinical role in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Misra currently leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the GROW Study, which is designed to measure how maternal phenotype may influence the intrauterine environment, fetal development, and risk of future disease.

Kelley Kennelly, MS, CGC
Ms. Kennelly is a genetic counselor with the Department of Neurology at Wayne State University. She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Wayne State University and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Ms. Kennelly has prior experience reseraching the genetics and epidemiology of lung cancer and has clinical experience in neurogenetics and muscular dystrophies. She is also responsible for the clinical training of medical students, residents, fellows and genetic counseling students and serves as a small group instructor for the Year 1 Medical Genetics course.



We are located on the campus of Detroit Medical Center:
DMC Harper University Hospital
4201 St. Antoine, Ste. 8A
Detroit, MI 48201

For more information, please contact us at:
(313) 577-1698
Email: mitoclinic@med.wayne.edu

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