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Jessica Ailani MD

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Jessica Ailani MD

Dr. Jessica Ailani, MD is a board-certified neurologist and a UCNS accredited headache specialist.  Dr. Ailani is an associate professor of neurology and the director of the MedStar Georgetown Headache Center atMedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Her specific interests in headache involve procedures in headache medicine.  She has an active role in the American Headache Society serving on the Executive Board as a member-at-large, serves on a variety of committees, and is the outgoing section chair of the procedures in headache medicine special interest group.  At Georgetown, she’s involved in teaching residents and medical students about headaches in order to increase awareness about migraine and associated disorders.

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Joan Bardsley

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Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE

Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE serves as assistant vice president of nursing and research integration for MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) and MedStar Corporate Nursing.   She has over 40 years experience in healthcare with a specialty in diabetes self-management education.  At MRHI, she is a member of the executive committee, providing oversight for special projects, and is the institutional official for the animal facility.  Ms Bardsley is currently co-investigator for the NIH supported inpatient diabetes education project, Diabetes-to-Go and is a contributor to the AHRQ funded grant, We Want to Know.  The latter initiative has become a key support component of the MedStar Health Interdisciplinary Model of Care effort. Prior to her role, Ms. Bardsley was responsible for core scientific services and scientific centers administration at MHRI.

At corporate nursing, Ms. Bardsley directly supports the Nursing Collaborative Governance Councils.  She is the executive liaison for the Nursing Research Council and the Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Council.  Ms. Bardsley serves as the executive liaison for Team Green in the Nursing Leadership Development Program.

Ms Bardsley has published articles and book chapters on diabetes self-management and is an invited speaker both nationally and internationally on this topic.  She served as the President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators in 2014 and remains an active member in this organization.  Ms. Bardsley is the current chair of the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators and is a board member of the Children with Diabetes organization.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Boston College and a Masters in Business Administration degree from George Washington University.

Josh Billings

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Josh Billings, PT, MPT, regional director, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

Josh Billings is the regional director of seven MedStar National Rehabilitation Network clinics in Anne Arundel County and South Baltimore. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Susquehanna University in 1995 and his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from University of Delaware in 1997. Billings was a middle-distance runner in college and started the first running injury clinic in the Baltimore area. Billings is especially passionate about working with youth athletes and making positive changes in youth sports programming through education and in his role as community outreach lead in MedStar’s Youth Sports Medicine program.

Anne Constantino MD

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Dr. Anne Encarnacion Constantino, MD

Dr. Anne Encarnacion Constantino, MD, is a neurologist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She specializes in conditions of the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Dr. Constantino completed a fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical.

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Haley Kreft

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Haley Kreft, RD, LDN, registered dietitian, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Haley Kreft, RD, LDN is a registered dietitian at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in biobehavioral health from The Pennsylvania State University followed by her Master of Science in human nutrition from Drexel University. Kreft concentrates on patients with chronic illnesses including diabetes mellitus, renal failure and cardiovascular disease who are hospitalized due to acute health issues.

Kevin Reed MD

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Dr. Kevin C. Reed, MD

Dr. Kevin C. Reed, MD, is an emergency medicine physician at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He completed his residency program at University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Reed received his medical degree from University of Maryland Medical School and is board certified from the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

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Daniel Sedgley MD

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Dr. Matthew Daniel Sedgley, MD

Dr. Matthew Daniel Sedgley, MD is a primary care physician, fellowship trained in sports medicine. His special interests include musculoskeletal injuries, evaluation of non-surgical orthopedic problems, and concussion. Dr. Sedgley is a team physician for the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and Stevenson University. His special interests include working with runners, triathletes and bicyclists; he has worked as the primary care sports medicine medical director of several marathons and ultra marathons. Dr. Sedgley was named a 2017 “Top Doc” by Baltimore Magazine for Orthopedic Sports Medicine.

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Ankit Shah MD

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Dr. Ankit B. Shah, MD, MPH, FACC, director, MedStar Sports & Performance Cardiology Program, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

Dr. Ankit Shah, MD, is a fellowship trained sports cardiologist at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. He is the director of the Sports & Performance Cardiology Program for MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

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Susan Burke

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Susan Burke, OTR/L, CHT, regional director, Hand and Upper Extremity Program, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

Susan Burke, OTR/L, CHT, is the regional director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Program, located within the Department of Hand Therapy at the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Burke specializes in occupational therapy and hand occupational therapy.

Laura Want

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Laura Want, RN, CDE, CCRC, BC-ADM, research nurse coordinator, MedStar Health Research Institute

Laura Want is the research nurse coordinator with the MedStar Community Clinical Research Center at MedStar Health Research Institute. She is board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and has many years experience in diabetes education, management, and research, working to make life more livable for people with diabetes. She has authored articles on diabetes and has presented diabetes research at national and international meetings.

Lauren Williams MD

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Dr. Lauren Williams, MD

Dr. Lauren Williams, MD, is a pediatric and internal medicine physician at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

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