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Mary Willis, MD

216.444.8600

Mary Willis, MD

Appointed: 2013

Mary Willis, MD
Department: Mellen Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code U10
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.8600
WorkFax:216.445.7013
Mary Willis, MD
Department: Mellen Center
Location: Lakewood Hospital
Mail Code U10
14519 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
WorkFax:216.445.7013
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Mary Alissa Willis, MD is a Staff Neurologist in the Neurological Institute's Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Cleveland Clinic. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where she developed an interest in multiple sclerosis as a medical student working with Dr. Robert Herndon. Dr. Willis served as Chief Resident of her neurology residency program before moving to Cleveland for fellowship training in Clinical Neuroimmunology.

In addition to caring for people with multiple sclerosis, Dr. Willis participates in clinical trials at the Mellen Center and enjoys opportunities to teach medical students and neurology residents. She is the Chair of the Outcomes and Quality Committee at the Mellen Center and serves on a national committee to develop standards of care for MS.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Neuroimmunology/MS
Cleveland, OH USA
2012
Residency - University of Mississippi Medical Center
Neurology
Jackson, MS USA
2011
Internship - University of Mississippi Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Jackson, MS USA
2008
Medical School - University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, MS USA
2007
Undergraduate - Mississippi State University
Chemical Engineering
Mississippi State, MS
2002

Certifications

  • Neurology

Specialty Interests

Multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating disorders Spasticity management Medical student and resident education

Awards & Honors

2011 Alpha Omega Alpha Resident Teacher of the Year
2011 Jackson VA Medical Center Neurology Resident of the Year
2010, 2011 Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award
2007 AAN Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology
2007 Neuroscience Critical Care Achievement Award

Memberships

Board of Directors, Multiple Sclerosis Association of American
American Academy of Neurology
American College of Physicians
Alpha Omega Alpha

Treatment & Services

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 8/3/2014, Dr. Willis has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Willis receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Biogen Idec, Inc.
  • Genzyme Corporation

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

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