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Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
The MGH Multiple Sclerosis Clinic provides expert diagnosis, education and treatment for patients with Multiple Sclerosis and related neurological disorders.
The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital is committed to improving the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis and related disorders. Our program offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for patients, in addition to innovative clinical research. We focus on managing patients’ symptoms and optimizing quality of life in addition to disease modifying therapy for MS. Utilizing a team approach to care, we emphasize education and support for our patients and their families.
What to Expect
If you are interested in a clinical consultation with us, we strongly recommend that you first receive a referral from your primary care physician or neurologist. A referral letter outlining your issues allows us to make your first visit as productive as possible. Once we have taken these steps, we typically partner with your primary care physician or neurologist to manage your continuing care. If you should encounter any setbacks, we work with the referring physician to make necessary adjustments in your treatment.
Please bring a digital copy on a CD of brain MRI images you have had completed in the past. You may also wish to fill out a Health History Form in advance. At your appointment, one of our neurologists will review your medical and family history. He or she also will complete a thorough neurologic and physical examination. When the evaluation is complete, you and the physician will discuss recommendations, and agree on a suitable treatment regimen based on your current symptoms. We customize each patient's treatment plan, and make adjustments over time as necessary, to optimize symptom management.
The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic takes a team approach to patient care. Our neurologists regularly collaborate in diagnosing, evaluating and treating patients with MS. If we suspect a patient has a different neurologic disease, we can refer him or her to a subspecialist elsewhere within the Department of Neurology for further assessment.
In order to address all aspects of the patient's well-being, we collaborate with experts across Mass General and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to address our patients' many needs. We may call on colleagues throughout Partners including physical and occupational therapists, neuro-ophthalmologists, urologists, social workers, and psychologists. We also work very closely with our infusion team, who helps us to facilitate IV medication administration and symptom management. Our clinic strives to develop long-term treatments that allow the patients to best manage this disease, and lead independent, active lives.
About this program
Our team has highly specialized experience in caring for patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Eric Klawiter, MD, MSc is an Assistant Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who specializes in multiple sclerosis (MS), neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and related diseases. Dr. Klawiter's research interests include MS and NMO clinical research, MS clinical trials and developing new imaging techniques to better understand, diagnose and treat MS. Dr. Farrah Mateen, MD, PhD is an Assistant Neurologist at MGH and specializes in MS and NMO. She also has a research interest in radiologically isolated syndrome and Susac Syndrome (retinocochleocerebral vasculopathy). Our MS team also consists of several clinical coordinators, a Registered Nurse, and numerous research assistants. Together, we work closely to ensure the highest level of care is provided for our patients on a daily basis.
Committed to Treatment & Research
Although our clinic's primary mission is to treat patients, we also lead pioneering research efforts into Multiple Sclerosis. Our patients may be eligible to take part in clinical research and/or clinical trials exploring new and promising treatments for Multiple Sclerosis. Advanced technologies available at Mass General help us continually set new standards in the field. As a result of our sophisticated imaging capabilities, we can focus on exploring multiple sclerosis pathology in relation to structural and functional brain networks. Please review the Department of Neurology's clinical trials and studies for more information.
Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Department of Neurology Wang Ambulatory Care Center8th Floor, Suite 83515 Parkman StreetBoston, MA 02114
Phone:617-724-6387Fax:617-726-6991Neurology Access Center: 617-724-6387
Public Transportation Access:yesDisabled Access:yes
Referral Fax Line Fax: 617-726-6991
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. It is an unpredictable condition that can be relatively benign, disabling, or devastating.
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