Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders

Dr. Dennis Bourdette, founder of the MS Center, and Dr. Vijayshree Yadav, director, bring excellence in care and research together
Dr. Dennis Bourdette, founder of the MS Center, and Dr. Vijayshree Yadav, director, bring excellence in both care and research together.

The OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center is one of the top programs in the country for the care of MS and related disorders. We offer:

  • Experts at diagnosing and treating MS and similar disorders.
  • Doctors, nurses, therapists and other specialists who work together to give you the best care possible.
  • An understanding that every patient is unique, with care tailored to your specific needs.
  • A wide array of treatment options and resources to help you live well.
  • Leading researchers on these complex disorders.
  • Clinical trials to test promising new therapies.
Our team, including Dr. Jackie Bernard, offers the expertise to give you a precise diagnosis so you can get the treatment you need.
Our team, including Dr. Jackie Bernard, offers the expertise to give you a precise diagnosis so you can get the treatment you need.

Excellence in MS care

We are at the forefront of research and treatment for:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Demyelinating disorders (diseases that damage myelin, the covering that protects nerves)
  • Disorders that have a pattern or symptoms similar to those of MS
  • Disorders that inflame the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord)

You’ll find:

Expert diagnosis: Our providers have the expertise to accurately diagnose these complicated disorders. In less expert hands, disorders can be mistaken for MS, or MS can be mistaken for something else. We can make sure you get started on the treatment you need.

MS and wellness: OHSU’s MS Wellness Research Group is internationally known for managing MS through diet, exercise and stress relief. The group hosts an annual symposium where experts share the latest findings.

National recognition: The Multiple Sclerosis Center is part of the OHSU Brain Institute, a national leader in research and care. U.S. News & World Report recognizes the Brain Institute among the nation’s top centers for neurology and neurosurgery.

National leadership: We are members of programs that bring together the nation's top MS centers to share knowledge and improve care:

Complete care

Weekly meetings: Our team gathers each week in meetings called case conferences. We pool our expertise to discuss challenging cases.

Full range of specialists: These disorders can cause an array of symptoms. At OHSU, your care team can bring in any specialist you need, whether for pain, mental health or physical therapy.

Team-based care: Our specialists work together to share expertise and coordinate your care.

Rehabilitation: We offer physical, occupational and speech therapists with training in neurologic disorders. They provide services in our state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility.

Care for pain: OHSU’s Comprehensive Pain Center offers a range of treatments to manage pain from MS and other disorders. These may include methods such as acupuncture and massage.

Advanced technology

We use the most sophisticated tools available to diagnose and treat MS and related disorders. They include:

  • MRI: Detailed magnetic resonance imaging scans help our experts analyze your brain to check for evidence of MS or related disorders.
  • Electrical stimulation rehabilitation devices: These machines stimulate weakened muscles and help manage MS symptoms.
  • Body-weight supported treadmill: This device, called a Lokomat, provides walking therapy for patients who have limited use of their legs.
Kelly Monk, Ph.D., is an international expert on cells that make myelin, the nerve sheath at the root of many neurologic conditions. Her research team is working to decode myelin biology.
Kelly Monk, Ph.D., is an international expert on cells that make myelin, the nerve sheath at the root of many neurologic conditions. Her research team is working to decode myelin biology.

Research and clinical trials

The OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center is a pioneer in MS research.

Our scientists:

  • Have developed many promising treatments being tested in clinical trials.
  • Have made early strides in myelin repair, holding the potential to strike at the root of MS and related illnesses.
  • Are shedding light on the role of brain cells and proteins in these disorders.
  • Are leaders in investigating how nutrition, fitness and mindfulness can help patients manage MS.

Learn more about our groundbreaking research and look for a clinical trial.

For patients

  • Referral: To become a patient, please ask your doctor for a referral.
  • Questions: For questions or follow-up appointments, call 503-494-7772.

Location

Parking is free for patients and their visitors.

Center for Health & Healing Building 1, eighth floor
3303 S.W. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
Map and directions

Refer a patient

MS Center fellowships

Events

‘Becoming a fighter’

MS patient Marisa Twarowski

Read how Marisa Twarowski learned how to confidently manage MS with help from OHSU’s Dr. Vijayshree Yadav.

Find more patient stories.

Support the MS Center

Your gift can help us unravel the mysteries of multiple sclerosis

Stay informed

Blog: Find news, events, tips and more on OHSU’s On the Brain blog.

News: Read about research breakthroughs, patient care and many other topics on the OHSU News site.