Dr. Muscal is a pediatric rheumatologist with a MS Degree in Clinical Research whose activities include patient care, fellowship education, quality improvement, and clinical research. Previous leadership positions have included being co-director of a North American pediatric rheumatology mentorship program and member of the American College of Rheumatology’s Early Career Investigator (ECI) subcommittee. His research, quality improvement, and clinical interests include neurologic manifestations of systemic autoimmune disorders (primarily autoimmune encephalitis, neuropsychiatric lupus, and CNS vasculitis) and patient-powered research in rare diseases. He is the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology (CARRA) registry PI and co-director of the CARRA autoimmune encephalitis work group. An increased portion of his clinical effort is spent on standardizing and enhancing care of children with inflammatory brain disorders. He coordinates an institutional taskforce charged with improving diagnosis and therapy of AE (now in a 2nd iteration).