MGFA Northeast Ohio Area Support Groups
Rebecca and Jerry Molitoris have been leaders of the Northeast Ohio (NEO)Area Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Support Groups since August 2013. Our groups are affiliated with both the National MGFA and the MDA.
While they are both retired from their regular jobs, they stay busy with MG work. In their spare time they enjoy visiting with their five grandchildren, touring local wineries, and playing beanbag baseball.
Professor Emeritus Neurology Case Western Reserve University
Member National Board of Directors, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
Robert L. Ruff, MD, PhD is the former Chair of MGFA’s Medical/ Scientific Advisory Board. He is a neurologist and biophysicist. Dr. Ruff is professor emeritus of Neurology and Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs where he served as acting Director of Rehabilitation Research and Development Service and National Director for Neurology. Dr. Ruff has been involved in MG research and treatment for more than 30 years. Dr. Ruff serves as a member of several MGFA committees.
Suzanne is a recently retired Psychologist with the Veterans Administration and is an accomplished clinical and research psychologist with experience in both the private and academic sectors. Through her clinical practice and training over the years, she has worked with chronic conditions and neurologic diseases, including adolescents with eating disorders, young and older Veterans with traumatic brain injury and poly-trauma, acute and chronic pain syndromes, and palliative care. She has adapted these clinical and research experiences directly toward becoming a resource for successful coping strategies for myasthenia gravis in the acute setting of crisis and as a chronic, lifelong medical condition. She advises on the distinct psychological needs of children, parents of children, young adults, and older individuals with myasthenia gravis. Her ideas are the basis for the “Mind and Body” approach and the quest to develop a “toolkit” that provides information and support to improve the quality of life for individuals with myasthenia gravis. Her research experience in Department of Health Services related to program development, professional education, and outcome research make her a timely addition as the MGFA develops a Patient Registry. Suzanne is currently a member of the Outreach Committee and the National Chair of the Patient and Community Services Committee as well as Secretary of the MGFA Executive Committee .
Staff Physician, Cleveland Clinic Neuromuscular Center
Associate Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Dr. Yuebing Li has served as a staff neurologist in the Neuromuscular Center at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation since 2012.
Dr. Li completed his neurology residency at University of Cincinnati in 2002, where he was elected chief resident. This was followed by a one-year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology that was also at the University of Cincinnati. He is board certified in Neurology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG).
Dr. Li practiced at Lehigh Valley Physician Group-Lehigh Neurology as a neuromuscular specialist for nine years before joining Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Li has published numerous articles on neuromuscular medicine and neurology, and received many teaching awards including the award for Neurology Teacher of the Year at Cleveland Clinic in 2014. He has also been voted as best doctors by Best Doctors of America since 2007.
Although he has a large practice that includes patients with various neuromuscular disorders, Dr. Li has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of myasthenia gravis. He serves as a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America organization.