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Dr. Gary Birnbaum


2012 - Dr. Gary Birnbaum

Dr. Gary Birnbaum, neurologist at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology and director of the MS Treatment and Research Center, is an active clinician and researcher who is dedicated to addressing the challenges of people with MS. Birnbaum has served on the Upper Midwest Chapter’s Board of Trustees since 1978 and serves on the Clinical Advisory Committee, chairing it multiple times over the years. He’s also a tireless Research Advocate, and donates his time and talent nationally, serving on the National MS Society Medical Advisory Board and Clinical Care Committee.

Birnbaum’s commitment extends far beyond his extraordinary work as a clinician and researcher. He has spent years educating the future generation of MS clinicians and researchers as both a fulltime and adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota. When he speaks to students, he almost always brings a person with MS to offer a first-hand account of life with the disease. He also regularly speaks at Society client and professional education programs.

Birnbaum is a driving force in the movement to create an MS-free world and throughout his 35 years of service, he has enhanced the lives of people with MS, not only in the Upper Midwest, but around the world.