Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Fellowship

A view of Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People from the west end

Training the next generation of MS clinicians and scientists

The OHSU MS Center, in conjunction with the Veterans Affairs MS Center of Excellence - West, offers fully-funded two-year fellowships in MS and Neuroimmunology with an option for a third year. For applicants interested in pediatric MS and Neuroimmunology, we offer a one-year clinical fellowship program in collaboration with Doernbecher’s Children Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children - Portland. Positions typically begin July of each year, but the start date is negotiable.

Fellowships are designed around the needs and interests of fellows, allowing fellows to focus on their areas of interest and long-term career goals. Clinical experience is gained through outpatient clinics and inpatient services at OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center. A variety of educational seminars occur weekly, providing opportunities for learning, leadership and collaboration. Research experience is gained through classes offered by the Human Investigations Program at OHSU, as well as opportunities to initiate or collaborate on projects carried out at OHSU and the VA.

Research

Our fellows have been successful in obtaining national-level research funding, including career development awards, and obtaining academic positions and clinical positions directly following their fellowship. Research activities include:

  • Clinical trials of new therapies for MS, including novel medications and complementary and alternative medical therapies
  • Clinical trials of neurorehabilitation therapies for people with MS
  • Use of 3T and 7T MRI in our Advanced Imaging Research Center to investigate pathogenesis of MS
  • Basic neuroscience and neuroimmunology research related to MS

Fellowship positions have guaranteed support that includes a competitive salary and fringe benefits.

Current multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology fellow

Posed portrait of ChristopherHollen

Christopher Hollen, M.D.
July 2019 - Current

Dr. Hollen received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma. He obtained his medical degree and completed neurology residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Lane M, Hollen C, Reder AT. Tumefactive Demyelinating Lesions. Medlink Neurology. Updated February 20, 2020. www.medlink.com/article/tumefactive_demyelinating_lesions.

Hollen C. Vascular Disease Risk Factors in MS. Neurodiem. Published January 14, 2020. https://www.neurodiem.com/news/ vascular-disease-risk-factors-in-multiple-sclerosis-3dJjVKNZtCIWH93bJPngEe.

Hollen C, Paz Soldán MM, Rinker JR 2nd, Spain RI. The Future of Progressive MS Therapies. Fed Pract. 2020 Apr;37(Suppl 1):S43-S49.

Hollen C, Spain R. When Tissue is an Issue: Trident Sign Diagnoses Isolated Neurosarcoidosis. Abstract for ACTRIMS 2020, West Palm Beach, FL. Feb 2020.

Hollen C, Spain R. When Tissue is an Issue: Trident Sign Diagnoses Isolated Neurosarcoidosis. Abstract for American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada. April 2020. (Conference canceled)

Hollen C, Spain R. Exploring Effects of Lipoic Acid on Activated Microglia with TSPO PET and on Oxidative Stress with MR Spectroscopy in Progressive MS. Abstract for OHSU Neurology Research Day, Portland, OR. May 2020.

Hollen C. MS-Related Fatigue: How to Swim in A Fur Coat. VA MS Patient Newsletter. Spring 2020;7-8.

Hollen C. Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder Treatment and Diagnosis: A Case-Based Discussion. Presentation at OHSU 3rd Annual MS and CNS Neuroimmunology Symposium: Advances and Updates, Portland, OR. Sep 2020

Multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology fellow graduates

2019–2021         Xiran Maria Xiang, MD - Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

2021–2021         Tyrell Simkins, DO, PhD - University of California, Sacramento, CA

2018–2021         Jessica Ricer, MD - Providence MS Center, Portland OR

2017–2020         Elizabeth Silbermann, MD - Portland VA health Care System and Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

2017–2020         Lindsey Wooliscroft, MD - Oregon Health & Science University and Portland VA Health Care System, Portland, OR

2016–2018         Michael Lane, MD - Oregon Health & Science University and Portland VA Health Care System, Portland, OR

2016–2017         Shannon Seals, MD - Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA

2015–2017         Frank Bittner, DO - Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, Camp Lejeune, NC

2015–2017         Meena Kannan, MD - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

2015–2017         Meredith Frederick, MD - North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, CO

2014–2016        Ghadah Altowaijri, MD - King Fahad Medical Center, Saudi Arabia

2012–2013         Aram Zabeti, MD - University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, Cincinnati, OH

2011–2013         Shannon Overs, MD

2009–2011        Andrew Solomon, MD - University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

2009–2010        Rebecca Spain, MD, MSPH - Portland VA Health Care System and Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

2008–2009        Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, MCR - Portland VA Health Care System and Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

2006–2009        Edward Kim, MD - Oregon Health & Science University and Portland VA Health Care System, Portland, OR

2004–2006         Laura Schaben, MD - Bend Neurological Associates, Bend, OR

2003–2007        Jesus Lovera, MD, MSPH - Louisiana State University Health, New Orleans, LA

2001–2004        Vijayshree Yadav, MD, MCR - Oregon Health & Science University and Portland VA Health Care System, Portland, OR

2001 - 2003        Lynne Shinto, ND - Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

2001 - 2003        Bridget Bagert, MD, MPH - Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA

Contact us

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., FAAN
Department of Neurology L266
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239
503-494-7321
bourdett@ohsu.edu

Vijayshree Yadav, M.D., M.C.R., FANA, FAAN
Department of Neurology, L226
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239
503-494 5759
yadavv@ohsu.edu 

Image source: Mettie, Angie. Commute on Tilikum Bridge (). OHSU Digital Collections. dr26xx82p. doi:10.6083/M4MG7NJX