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Sleep & Neurology
Circulation & Dysautonomia
Allergy, Immunology, Infectious Diseases
Endocrinology, GastroEnterology
Nephrology, Hematology, Pulmonology

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CFS, CFIDS, ME ~ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
FMS, FM, Fibro ~ Fibromyalgia Syndrome
OI, POTS, NMH, MVPS ~ Orthostatic Intolerance Dysautonomias


James Baraniuk, MD     (202) 444-8243
Georgetown University
3800 Reservoir Rd Gl008, Washington DC 20007-2113
Dr. Baraniuk at
Neuroimmune regulation of mucosal function in rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
In October 2006, Dr. Baraniuk received NIH CFS Research Funding:

James Baraniuk, M.D., Georgetown University, Washington D.C., has found that despite its diverse clinical syndromes, the CFS proteome (the entire group of proteins in an organism or system) is the same, suggesting a strong relationship with malfunctioning of the central nervous system. Dr. Baraniuk developed the first predictive model of CFS based solely on objective data and he now proposes to recruit a new group of CFS and Healthy Control subjects to determine if the proteins in their cerebrospinal fluid will be a predictive marker of the spectrum of CFS symptoms. There is a high probability that these methods and markers will be of diagnostic value and will be useful for assessing changes over time in disease severity and treatment effects.

Dr. Mitchell
Ear, Nose and Throat Allergy Center 202-862-2600
2141 K Street, 301B, NW
Washington DC, 20037-1810 ( still here.?..)

Talal Nsouli, MD    (703) 425-8616
9520 Burke Rd
Burke, VA 22015-3132

Marsha Soni, MD   (703) 758-2664
Infectious Diseases Specialists of Virginia, LLC
3700 Joseph Siewick Dr #209, Fairfax VA 22033
Pre-Travel Vaccination, Official Yellow Fever Vaccine Center, Post-Travel Medical Consultation
On-Site Diagnostic Laboratory. Special interest in occupational health. Member comment:
" She was incredibly concerned, and took care of me way past her specialty.  She was worried that I was way too thin, and helped pinpoint the cause of my problems as my gallbladder.  She sent me to my obesity surgeon after basic testing.  He did further testing and removed my gallbladder.  She also cleared my record of the false finding of Lyme disease.  She saw me way after I was done with the infectious disease consult to make sure that I was thriving and gaining weight.  She was one of the most concerned doctors I've ever seen." - Beth

Mary E Schmidt, MD  (703) 246-9560
10721 Main St #3400
Fairfax, VA 22030
Infectious Diseases
Gamma Globulin Therapy

Antonio Pastore, MD  (703) 430-6211
21475 Ridgetop Cir #350
Sterling VA 20166
Infectious Disease
Is "Lyme Literate"

Richard Loria, MD    Allergy 
(703) 356-8290            6888 Elm St #301, McLean, VA 22101-3829
(703) 430-0833            46400 Benedict Dr #003, Sterling VA 20164-6604

Joseph A Bellanti, MD  (202) 687-8227
4600 King St #6J, Alexandria VA 22302-1249
Georgetown office number given for Virginia appointments.
Address at Georgetown: 318 Kober-Cogan Building
ENADA®, NADH Press Releases, Articles, Quotes by Dr. Bellanti
Therapeutic effects of oral NADH on the symptoms of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 1999 Feb;82(2):185-191.

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See also the Dysautonomia SOS physician page for DC, VA, MD

Peter C. Rowe, MD      (410) 955-9229   (adolescents only)
Professor of Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
David Rubenstein Child Health Building
200 N. Wolfe St. / Room 2077; Baltimore, MD 21287
Johns Hopkins Children's Center: Consultation: (410) 955-5710 (children); (410) 955-2910 (adolescents) Profile
Special Interests: Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Elhers-Danlos Syndrome,
Orthostatic intolerance syndromes, Gulf War illnesses, Pelvic congestion syndrome
General Information Brochure on Orthostatic Intolerance and Its Treatment (2014)
NOVA CFSupport Speaker Page for Dr. Rowe
Addressed NOVA CFSupport Group 3/21/09 - See CFSupport Archives for slides, and Toni's 3/19/09 Essay on why Dr. Rowe is one of her medical hero's, for  Elly's "More Stories" on 3/20/09.

Fritz H. Anderson MD, FACC      (2017: retired?)
Special interest in interventional and noninvasive cardiology.
Certification in special competence in cardiac pacing

Walter Atiga, MD   (703) 208-9797       (2017: No longer accepts new dysautonomia patients.)
Virginia Heart
703-208-9797  2901 Telestar Ct; Falls Church, VA 22042
703-437-5977  1850 Town Center Dr; Reston, VA 20190;
703-858-3050  43035 Riverside Parkway; Leesburg, VA 20176;
703-648-3266  700 Joseph Siewick Drive, Suite 102; Fairfax, VA 22033
8505 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 420; Fairfax, VA 22031
Profile at
Special interests: Cardiac electrophysiology, Heart rhythm disorders, Radio-frequency ablations, Implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators, including bi-ventricular pacing devices

Joseph M. Kiernan, MD, FACC, FSCAI     (2017: No longer accepts new dysautonomia patients.)
Virginia Heart
703-208-9797  2901 Telestar Ct; Falls Church, VA 22042
Profile at
Special interest in interventional and noninvasive cardiology.
Very supportive of the syndrome of Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome / Dysautonomia (MVPS/D).
Recommended MVPS/D support groups!

Pradeep (Pat) Nayak, MD, FACC, FASE      (2017: No longer accepts new dysautonomia patients.)
Virginia Heart
703-281-1265  130 Park Street SE, Suite 100; Vienna, VA 22180
703-437-5977  1850 Town Center Dr, Suite 550; Reston, VA 20190-3216;
703-858-5421  43035 Riverside Parkway, Suite 400; Leesburg, VA 20176;
703-648-3266  3620 Joseph Siewick Drive, Suite 302; Fairfax, VA 22033
Profile at
Preventive Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiology
Interests have included the high blood pressure MVPS/dysautonomia cases.

R. Oskoui, MD   (202) 464-5770
3301 New Mexico Ave NW #316
Washington, DC  20016
Cardiology. Tilt Table Test consults. Cardiac Arythmia, Heart Health for Women.
Will discuss hypercoagulation and CFS.

Anne E. Summers MD 
(703) 481-9191 1830 Town Center Dr #405; Reston, VA  20190-3292
(703) 641-9161  8316 Arlington Blvd #500; Fairfax, VA 22031
Bio at Cardiac Care Associates
Preventive cardiology, women's issues, echocardiograms, lipid management & adult congenital heart disease.
Mild interest in MVPS/D.

Hasan Abdullah, MD  (866) 645-4055
Pediatric Cardiologist, also sees adults with dysautonomia. Tilt tests.
Spoke at DYNA ( July 8 2005 in Dulles VA;
   also has video with POTS explained to help with school systems.
Chronic Fatigue and Fainting Clinic & Children's Heart Clinic.
VA: Gainesville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Lansdowne, Manassas, Reston, Warrenton, Winchester, Woodbridge.
MD: Bel Air, Columbia, Frederick, Rosedale, Silver Spring, Towson.

Alan R Vinitsky  MD    (301) 840-0002
Enlightened Medicine
902 Wind River Ln #201, Gaithersburg, MD  20878-1977
Also pediatrician. Working toward certification in Environmental Medicine.
Co-author:  "Energy:  The Essence of Environmental Health" (2004)
ANSAR autonomic nervous system testing
Special interest in treating early autonomic nervous system dysfunction. He has seen dramatic improvements in patients of all ages, using combinations of high dose sublingual B12/folate, oral magnesium; IV, oral or inhaled glutathione; high dose inositol and more. Improvements have occurred for children with autism and hyperactivity, children and adults with motor disorders; reversal of symptoms associated with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivity, metal toxicity, Lyme and other infectious diseases.
Attended our 4/25/09 seminar.
$100 credit card deposit to hold appointment times.

See Dr. Grubb in OH
Nationwide Notables

David S. Goldstein, MD PhD  (301) 496-210,  (301) 496-7832 laboratory
Clinical Neurocardiology Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10, Room 6N252; 10 Center Drive, MSC 1620; Bethesda, MD 20892-1620
Please direct clinical inquiries to -
Ms. Tereza Jenkins  (301) 496-1115
Clinical Neurocardiology Section, NINDS
Building 10, Room 6N252; 10 Center Drive, MSC 1620; Bethesda, MD 20892-1620
Book: Adrenaline And the Inner World: An Introduction to Scientific Integrative Medicine (2006)
Book Co-Author: The NDRF Patient Handbook, For Patients with Dysautonomias (2002)
Leader Author of: Cardiac Sympathetic Dysautonomia in Chronic Orthostatic Intolerance Syndromes
(Circulation. 2002;106:2358.)

From About Dr. Goldstein at NIH website: Dr. Goldstein's main research interests WERE in clinical neuro- cardiology, catecholamine systems, and scientific integrative medicine. The Clinical Neurocardiology Section carries out patient-oriented research about disorders of brain regulation of the cardiovascular system. Now works with Parkinson's.

Ramesh Khurana, MD (Neurologist)
(410) 554-2286 Baltimore
(410) 997-3113 Columbia
Detailed Autonomic Nervous System testing. Tilt Table Test. Treats Headache Management. Neurologist. Autonomic Nervous System.
Union Memorial Hospital, 200 E. 33rd Street Baltimore, MD 21218
10780 Hickory Ridge Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
Ramesh K. Khurana, MD at MedStar Health

Emmanuel Nsah, MD   (410) 749-8906
Peninsula Cardiology Associates
400 Eastern Shore Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
POTS, NCS, PAF/Secondary Autonomic Failure
Will treat adolescents and older
See more comments at Physicians Page at

Peter Bernad, MD   (703) 360-8200   (Neurologist)
2616 Sherwood Hall Ln #201
Alexandria VA 22306-3100
Speaker 04/2004
Does ANSAR autonomic nervous system testing:

ANSAR autonomic testing
Offices we've heard have ANSAR Equipment: Bernad, S. Shor, Vinitsky.
ANSAR ANS testing, found in some doctor's offices, is minimally symptom provoking compared to tilt table tests. The standing tests are 5 minutes and the base lines are done sitting in a chair. Six consecutive deep breaths are a part of the test that reveal about the parasympathetic nervous system functioning.

Larry Jackson MD           (retired October 2006, passed away July 2010)
Reston, Fairfax, VA
Electrophysiology, tilt table studies for dysautonomia.
Speaker, NOVA MVPS/D group.

See also the Dysautonomia SOS physician page for DC, VA, MD

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Robert Gerwin, MD  (301) 656-0220

Medical Director
Pain and Rehabilitation Medicine
7830 Old Georgetown Rd  C15
Bethesda, MD 20814-2432

Colleen Blanchfield, MD    (703) 481-9111
Full Circle Neuropsychiatric Wellness Center
11150 Sunset Hills Rd  #306
Reston, VA  20190-5360
In Neurology and Psychiatry, clinical assessment and evaluation & medication management.

P. Steven Macedo, MD  (
202) 785-2400
Washington Medical Group
1327 18th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Referred group member for a tilt table test. Special interest in behavioral neurology, headaches, chronic pain, closed head injury, and neurorehabilitation.

Eric Czander, MD
(703) 536-5400  1635 North George Mason Dr. #208, Arlington VA 22205
(703) 671-5400  611 Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington VA 22204
Member comment, "knows Lyme and Fibro"

Ruben Cintron, MD  (703) 478-0440
12007 Sunrise Valley Dr # 120
Reston VA 20191  Neuroscience Physicians.

Amy R. Stone MD
703-876-0800 3020 Hamaker Ct, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22031
703-478-0601 1830 Town Center Drive, Suite 305, Reston, VA 20190
Special interest in Botulinum Toxin therapy, nerve and muscle disorders, and movement disorders.
Patient comment: "...excellent.  I received approval for botox injections for chronic pain in my neck, traps, head, pecks...the referral came in 24 hrs.  She was thorough and definitely an advocate for thinking outside the box. I'm still in the phase of recovery so not sure if it has helped yet"

Peter Bernad, MD  (703) 360-8200
2616 Sherwood Hall Ln #201, Alexandria, VA  22306-3100
Other offices in DC, VA.
Speaker 04/2004
Office has someone with Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner.
(Re anti-oxidants, oxidative stress).
ANSAR autonomic nervous system testing with prescription from doctor.

Dr. John Cochran  
(703) 845-1500
1500 North Beauregard Street Suite 300
Alexandria, VA, 22311
He is also board-certified in Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep.
Member comment: "This is my neurologist that I’ve seen for years now that cares for my insomnia. They also have a sleep study clinic as well. He is located near the 395/Seminary Road Interchange"

J. Kim Harris, MD    (804) 288-2742
7301 Forest Ave, Ste 300
Richmond, VA 23226
"good w/CFS"

Samuel J. Potolicchio, MD
Professor, Department of Neurology
George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Director, GW Sleep Center (202) 715-4549
From list. Since head of a sleep center, probably most interested in that aspect.

Michael Cohen,  MD (540) 658-0825
Stafford, VA
Practiced Neurology in Prince William County from 1981-89, and then became the Medical Director of the Primary Care Clinic at the Naval Medical Clinic in Quantico from 1990- 2001.
Administration of Botox for therapeutic purposes

Rajesh Sethi, MD  (703) 751-3500
Neuroscience Consultants
4660 Kenmore Avenue Suite 408
Alexandria, VA, 22304
Member comment: "Good Neuro!"

Sam Oraee, MD  (703) 492-7626
1970 Opitz Blvd, Woodbridge, VA, 22191
Pt Comment: "specializes in pain management. I really like him and apparently so does a lot of people, his office is usually full. Even though, it's not hard to get an appointment"

Sheila Jahan, MD

(703) 820-0188   5238 Dawes Ave, Alexandra VA 22311  &  6718 Whitter Ave. #130,  McLean VA 22101
(703) 590-7780   3130 Golansky Blvd. Suite 101, Woodbridge VA 22192
General Neurology, Neurophysiology. For sleep problems, pain (not necessarily FM),  diagnostic puzzles.
Member comment, "She stuck with me when others dismissed my problems. She ran tests that found problems other doctors ignored."
Another member spoke of a very opposite and dismissing experience.

Jorge C Kattah, MD, neuro-Ophthalmology, Georgetown, Wash DC  (moved to Peoria, IL)

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Leonard Wisneski MD  301-493-8444
5618 Shields Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
Internal medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Medical Acupuncture
Co-author: The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine. Listed on our Book Pages for 2004.
Reviewer for Fibromyalgia Page at University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Tahira Habib  (703) 719-6715
6355 Walker Lane Suite 411
Alexandria, VA, 22310
Also Endocrinology.
Member comment, "This is my Primary Care Physician, she is great! We have been seeing her for years. Very thorough and a specialist in endocrinology. She can be used as a Primary Physician as well as assist you with your thyroid issues. She is locate near Springfield Mall @ the INOVA Walker Lane Medical Building."

Donna Hurlock, MD  (703) 823-1533
205 S. Whiting Street, Suite 303
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
Member comment: someone who treats subclinical hypothyroidism.
Dr. Hurlock is a Gynecologist and a Certified Menopause Clinician. Also special interest in wellness, disease prevention, nutrition and treating hypothyroidism via alternative med. approach.


Jeremias Tan MD  (703) 698-8960
3700 Joseph Seiwick Drive, Suite 308
Fairfax, VA
Other locations

Sean Hurley  (703) 751-5763
4660 Kenmore Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304
As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Hurley cares for people with all gastrointestinal and liver diseases. His special interests include treating people with inflammatory bowel disease(IBD), acid reflux (GERD), swallowing difficulties, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diarrhea.
Member comment:
"I've referred many of people to him over the years and only gotten good feedback. We have mutual clients, and he's the only doc who will call me if he's concerned about a client, or whom I can call to I can to coordinate care, which I really appreciate. He's a great listener and is very experienced and caring."

Satinder Gill, MD  (703) 723-3670
Colon, Stomach and Liver Center - a three-provider Gastroenterology and Hepatology practice
19455 Deerfield Ave, Suite 201
Lansdowne, VA 20176
Member comment"" "I only saw him once for a consultation/second opinion, but he listened to me, looked at my records, and I did not feel like he was pressing me to get unnecessary tests done. I don't recall how long it took me to get an appointment; maybe a few weeks because I requested a certain day of the week and was a new patient. It was only one visit, but could possibly be an option for someone."


Leroy Smith Jr, MD
Hematology Oncology Associates (Fairfax, Alexandria, Mt. Vernon); Kaiser
Hematology, Internal Medicine, Oncology
703-379-9111 5226 Dawes Ave Alexandria 22311
703-360-8597 Mt. Vernon
703-620-1144 Fairfax/Fair Oaks
Treats Ages 18 and Over; has bee in practice over 47 years.
Member: "If a CFS person needs a hematologist, thumbs up for Dr. Leroy Smith. Good bedside manner."


Carol Chang, MD  (703) 961-0488
Nephrology Associates of Northern Virginia
13135 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy Ste. 135, Fairfax, VA
Nephrology, Kidney specialist
Member comment "Very good at conferring with other doctors; supportive of CFS."

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See our Q&A page about Breathing and Air Hunger

Irving Mizus, M.D.  
(301) 963-2770  16220 Frederick R, Suite 213; Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 942-2977  10605 Concord Street; Kensington, MD 20895
Pulmonary and Critical Care

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