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Network of Pediatric MS Centers


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Improving care and expanding research

In 2006, the National MS Society established a nationwide network of six Pediatric MS Centers to provide comprehensive evaluation and care to children and teens (up to age 18) with MS and related central nervous system (CNS) demyelinating disorders. Today, nine member centers are engaged in research to better understand the cause(s) of MS, the characteristics of these disorders in children, and how best to treat children with MS. The centers offer evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and support to families with child(ren) displaying symptoms suggestive of any CNS demyelinating disorder; a child does not need to have a definite diagnosis of MS in order to be evaluated.

Centers (alphabetical by state)

Center for Pediatric-Onset Demyelinating Disease at the Children's Hospital of Alabama
CHB 314K, 1600 7th Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Center director: Jayne Ness, MD, PhD, 205-996-7850

UCSF Regional Pediatric MS Center
350 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 304, San Francisco, CA 94117
Center director: Emmanuelle Waubant, MD, PhD, 415-353-3939

Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
2195 Club Center Drive, Suite A, San Bernardino, CA 92408
Center director:  Gregory Aaen, MD, 909-835-1810

Partners Pediatric MS Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 6B, 55 Fruit St., Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114
Center director: Tanuja Chitnis, MD, 617-726-2664

Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Program at Boston Children’s Hospital
Fegan 11, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Center director:  Mark Gorman, MD, 617-355-2751

Mayo Clinic Pediatric MS Center
200 1st St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905
Center directors: Marc A. Patterson, MD & Moses Rodriguez, MD, 507-293-0378

Pediatric MS Center of the Jacobs Neurological Institute
219 Bryant St., Buffalo, NY 14222
Center director: Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, 877-878-7367,

Lourie Center for Pediatric MS at Stony Brook University Hospital
Department of Neurology, HSC-T12-020, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8121
Center director: Lauren Krupp, MD, 631-444-7802,

The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis, Texas Children’s Hospital
6701 Fannin Street, 9th Floor, Houston, TX 77030
Center director:  Timothy Loetze, MD, 832-822-5046

Research into Pediatric MS

Investigating pediatric MS

Learn about research being done at the network of Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence