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2020 Virtual Regional MS Summit


June 13, 2020
8:00 AM PDT - 4:00 PM PDT


2020 Virtual Regional

Regional MS Summit

Co-sponsored by University of Washington School of Medicine, Veterans Health Administration Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National MS SocietyUW School of MedicineVA MS Centers of Excellence



The National MS Society is closely monitoring the latest developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic and we are taking proactive steps to protect everybody affected by MS and those who provide their care. Based on recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we will not be hosting the MS Summit in-person. Instead, we will be offering this event virtually. You will be provided with information of how to join virtually after you register.

The National MS Society's annual continuing medical education conference will be held Saturday, June 13. This is the premiere MS-focused conference in the region, attracting an audience of neurologists, physiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others involved in the search for answers to the complex questions of multiple sclerosis.

  •  Saturday, June 13, 2020
  •  8:00am to 4:00pm Pacific Time
  •  6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  •  Free for the webinar; $25 certificate fee to UW CME if you would like to receive credit (instructions will be provided on how to pay for and claim your CE’s after registration).

The Regional MS Summit is an entirely industry-free event.

Presentation Topics and Faculty

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Jeffrey Gelfand, MD, MAS

“Diagnosis of MS and Important Diagnostic Mimics”

Jeffrey Gelfand, MD, MAS – UCSF

Dr. Jeffrey M. Gelfand is a neurologist at UCSF who specializes in caring for patients with autoimmune, inflammatory and neurodegenerative neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis. He is Director of the MS/Neuroimmunology clinical fellowship program at UCSF, and Assistant Medical Director of the MS and Neuroinflammation Center Clinic at UCSF. Dr. Gelfand is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and an elected vice-chair of the Autoimmune Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology.

Neuromyelitis Optica News
Gloria von Geldern, MD – UW Medicine MS Center
Physical Therapy Interventions for MS
Melissa Gilbert, DPT, NCS – EvergreenHealth MS Center
Ted Brown, MS, MPH – EvergreenHealth MS Center

MS Research Update
Peiqing Qian, MD – MS Center at Swedish
Shared Medical Decision Making and Progressive MS
Lucas McCarthy, MD, MSc – Virginia Mason MS Center
Disease Modifying Therapy Update-Relapsing Remitting MS
Annette Wundes, MD – UW Medicine MS Center          
Psycho-pharmacology and MS
Stacy Donlon, MD – MultiCare Neuroscience MS Center

Discussion Hour: Lessons Learned during Covid-19, CoviMS Registry, Guest Speaker Question & Answer
Anne Cross, MD – Washington University; Summit guest speakers

Read Faculty Biographies

Intended Audience

The Regional MS Summit is designed for neurologists, physiatrists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who specifically focus on treatment of multiple sclerosis. Other disciplines are also welcome to attend. To uphold the integrity of the conference, this event is free of commercial bias and industry employees are prohibited from attending.

Course Description

The education course has been designed with the goal to increase knowledge in health care providers regarding both basic underlying concepts as well as symptom management for MS, with the ultimate goal to optimize patient management and outcome.

Continuing Education Credit

The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Planning Committee

— Chair —
Lucas McCarthy, MD, MSc

— Members —
Annette Wundes, MD
Angeli Mayadev, MD
Lynda Hillman, DNP, ARNP
Jodie Haselkorn, MD, MPH
Gloria von Geldern, MD
Yashma Patel, MD
Kathleen Burgess, MD

Feedback about the Regional MS Summit from previous participants:

Non-biased, scientifically validated. Very useful for my daily practice. Commercial-free, honest discussion. Great to have so many MS minds in one room. Excellent focus on clinical applications of research and evidence-based medicine. The presenters did a very thorough job reviewing literature and were willing to share their personal approaches. All usable information, variety of topics. One of the BEST conferences I've attended.

Our ultimate goal in educating and partnering with healthcare professionals is to enhance the access and quality of care available to people living with MS.


Contact information

Piper Reynolds

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