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Maria Milazzo

Milazzo maria fieldClinical Assistant Professor
Director, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Director, Nursing Scholars Program
School of Nursing

I first met Maria Milazzo as a student while volunteering with the Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. She invited me to attend Teen MS Camp, a program she helped create as a place for teens with MS to connect and find support. Camp became an annual tradition over the next decade. I’ve watched Maria mentor countless teens and students, while at the same time teaching and contributing as a leader in the field of MS. She has the ability to listen and make you feel as if you’re the only person in the room. She was there for me when I was diagnosed with severe hearing loss and she was a witness at my wedding.

As a mother, Maria also managed to raise three phenomenal human beings.  Her eldest has followed in her footsteps to become a nurse, which I can consider a testament to her ability to inspire.  Her dedication to patients, colleagues, and the field of Pediatric MS greatly influenced my decision to become a Pediatric Neurologist. Maria Milazzo truly makes the world a better place. I consider myself blessed to know her and call her an inspiration, mentor and friend.

– Regina Troxell MD

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