UW Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Center, now located at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, is formerly known as Western Multiple Sclerosis Center. It was established in 1977 at UW Medical Center as one of the first comprehensive MS centers in the country.
The new, state of the art center offers a full range of services to MS patients including diagnosis and treatment. The center is expertly collaboratively led by two MA-fellowship trained physicians. Our staff is knowledgeable about disease treatments, rehabilitation treatments and experimental treatments. Additionally, the center is a member of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the local MS walk, and the Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation and Training Center (MSRRTC). UW Medicine’s comprehensive capabilities to treat multiple sclerosis would be hard to find anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest. Patients have sought care from our program for more than 30 years. Our MS rehabilitation research center is the only one of its kind in the region; it earned a global reputation by recognizing, among other things, that fatigue is a common problem for MS patients.
Our practitioners know which diagnostics can best reveal the disease’s subtle early signs, and which therapies can help combat the disease’s debilitating physical and cognitive effects. We understand that each patient’s symptoms require an individualized rehabilitation program. We know how to weigh risks vs. benefits of the newest medications, which are more powerful but more complex in their potential side effects, too.
Most of all, we are deeply committed to enhancing the life quality of patients at every stage of MS’ continuum.
Our newly redesigned MS Center gives patients convenient access to diagnostic tests, therapies and services. Additionally, UW Medicine staffs other programs that help patients with driver’s education, custom orthotics and vocational counseling. The center is also equipped with an infusion suite for patients whose medications are delivered intravenously.
As part of the UW Medicine health system, the center draws from a broad band of practitioners’ knowledge, expertise and experience. In addition to physicians who specialize in MS, patients have access to professionals in many subspecialties and services:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Vocational and rehabilitation counselors
- Social workers
- Orthotics specialist
- Driver-training expert
- Nurse practitioner
- Clinicians trained in assistive technology and neuropsychology