At Boston Medical Center, our team of experts at the Multiple Sclerosis Center will be there with you through every step of your care journey. From diagnosis to treatment, we are dedicated to helping ameliorate the disease, manage relapses, and relieve symptoms. Whether your journey is just starting or you’re years into treatment, our goal is for you to be at your best. To make this happen, our team works collaboratively with different specialists across BMC to address the multiple needs of patients with MS. In addition, from day one, you’ll have the support of an MS nurse coordinator who will help answer questions about your care and connect you to resources you may need.

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Specialty Clinics

Neurology

The Neurology Department offers a full spectrum of neurological care, including examination, diagnostic evaluation, consultation, treatment, comprehensive follow-up, and rehabilitation recommendations for disorders of the nervous system.

Treatments & Services

For those patients diagnosed with MS, our team of experts will collaborate to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique symptoms and needs. In addition to the MS specialists at the Multiple Sclerosis Center, we’ll involve highly-skilled specialists across the hospital to make sure that all your needs are addressed. This includes working closely with physical therapists, neuropsychologists, ophthalmologists, pain management professions, urologists and other specialists as needed.

Our nurse coordinator, a key member of your care team, will help you to get answers to your questions about MS or your treatment—including medications. She can also help connect you to non-medical resources such as support services offered by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, because at BMC we know it takes more than medicine to help you stay healthy.

Therapies for Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

As a patient of the Multiple Sclerosis Center, you have access to multiple oral, self-injectable and intravenous (at our on-site infusion center) medications, which offers timely access to state-of-the-art therapies on a schedule that works for you.

Injectable Disease Modifying Therapies

  • Betaseron/Extavia (interferon beta 1b)
  • Avonex (interferon beta 1a)
  • Rebif (interferon beta 1a)
  • Plegridy (interferon beta 1a)
  • Copaxone/ Glatopa (glatiramer acetate)
  • Kesimpta (ofatumumab)

Oral Disease Modifying Therapies

  • Gilenya (fingolimod)
  • Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate)
  • Vumerity (diroximel fumarate)
  • Aubagio (teriflunomide)
  • Mayzent (siponimod)
  • Ponvory (ponesimod)
  • Zeposia (ozanimod)

Infusion Disease Modifying Therapies

  • Tysabri (natalizumab)
  • Ocrevus (ocrelizumab)

Injectable Therapies for Acute Relapses

  • Intravenous methylprednisolone (Solumedrol)

Therapies to Treat Symptoms

  • Many medications are available to treat pain, stiffness, muscle spasms caused by MS

Diagnosis

Once you’re referred to our program, we will try to see you right away, sometimes within a week. We understand the urgency and importance of being able to ask the questions you have about your health, so our goal is to move quickly with diagnosing or ruling out MS. On your first visit to BMC, we’ll do everything we can to provide you with immediate answers before you leave. During your appointment, we will thoroughly review your medical records, listen to you as you to share your past medical history, assess your symptoms, and perform the following diagnostic tests:

  • A neurological exam
  • Imaging, such as brain and spinal cord MRIs
  • Blood tests
  • Spinal fluid tests if required

Our Team

Pria Anand, MD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hospital-Based Neurology, Neuro-Infectious Diseases, Autoimmune Encephalitis, HIV, General Neurology

Kerin A Flanagan, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

General Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis

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Sergi Martinez-Ramirez, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Neurology

Special Interests

Vascular Neurology, Neuroimmunology, Neurosarcoidosis, General Neurology, Comprehensive Neurology

William A Tosches, MD

Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

General Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis

Research Overview

Our MS specialists are both medical providers as well as researchers. Many members of our team contribute regularly to the scientific literature on the latest in diagnosis and treatment of MS. If you have interest in participating in clinic trials please let a member of our care team know.

Residency and Fellowship Information

Our program provides education and training to neurology residents and medical students who wish to gain experience in managing multiple sclerosis and related neuroimmunology disorders. Trainees at all levels are invited to participate in weekly general neurology conferences, which frequently feature neuroimmunology cases.