Faculty & Staff
Dr. Dennis Bourdette, Chair and Roy & Eulalia Swank Family Research Professor, Department of Neurology at OHSU, is currently the Director of the OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center. The clinical and research staff includes eight neurologists (of which two are postdoctoral fellows), ten laboratory scientists, one research nurse and two research assistants. In addition, collaborations with many other departments and research centers at OHSU allow for a comprehensive group of scientists, physicians and healthcare providers to work together to find a cure for MS.
MS Clinic and Treatment Trials
Dennis Bourdette, M.D., F.A.A.N.
Dr. Bourdette is Chair of the Department of Neurology, Roy and Eulalia Swank Family Research Professor, Executive Director of the OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center and Co-Director of the VA MS Center of Excellence-West. He directs a team dedicated to curing and treating diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Stroke, and ALS.
Michelle H. Cameron, M.D., P.T.
Dr. Cameron has special interests in physical disability in multiple sclerosis. Dr. Cameron is a neurologist and a physical therapist. She received her medical degree in 2003, and her physical therapy degree in 1989, both from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and completed her neurology residency followed by an MS fellowship at OHSU.
Edward Kim, M.D.
Dr. Kim has special interests in neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis. He received his medical degree in 2002 from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Dr. Kim currently serves as a clinician in the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center at OHSU.
Michele K. Mass, M.D.
Dr. Mass specializes in Multiple Sclerosis and neuropathology. She received her medical degree in 1983 from OHSU, which is where she also completed her residency training in Neurology. Dr. Mass completed her Neuropathology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is board certified in Neurology and Neuropathology.
Rebecca Spain, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Dr. Spain specializes in multiple sclerosis. She received her medical degree in 2002 from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. She completed her Neurology residency and Neuroimmunology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Spain’s research interests include treating progressive forms of MS and evaluating mobility in MS.
Ruth H. Whitham, M.D.
Dr. Whitham has special interests in neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis. The professor of Neurology received her medical degree in 1978 from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Whitham currently serves as the co-director of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center at OHSU.
Vijayshree Yadav, M.D.
Dr. Yadav is a board certified neurologist who received her medical degree in 1995 from SN Medical College in Agra, India. She completed her fellowship in Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis at Oregon Health & Science University and Portland VA Medical Center in 2004. In 2004, she joined the OHSU MS Center and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology. She received her Masters in Clinical Research in 2008 and in 2010 was appointed Clinical Medical Director of the OHSU MS Center. Her research interests include complementary and alternative treatment options for multiple sclerosis including dietary and life style changes as well as supplements such as lipoic acid. She has published several peer reviewed journal articles and presented her research at national and international meetings.
Cinda Hugos, M.S., P.T.
Ms. Hugos specializes in caring for adults with chronic medical conditions, particularly neurological diseases including multiple sclerosis, ALS and neuromuscular diseases and fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition.
Debbie Griffith, R.N., OHSU Research Nurse of the Year, 2009
Tykeson MS Research* and other Research LaboratoriesAnn Bell, Ph.D.
MS Fitness and Therapy
The OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center has expertise in speech, language and cognitive rehabilitation, in addition to physical therapy and occupational therapy.