Multiple Sclerosis Program
The Vanderbilt Multiple Sclerosis Center is one of the largest of its kind in the Southeast, providing care for about 5,000 adult and pediatric patients every year. At Children’s Hospital, we specialize in caring for children with multiple sclerosis and other central nervous system demyelinating diseases and rare neuro-immunologic disorders.
Our six physicians who staff the Multiple Sclerosis Center see patients five days a week in our clinic, with morning and afternoon sessions.
Conditions We Treat
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
- Autoimmune encephalitis
- Leukodystrophies including Krabbe Disease, ALD, MLD, Fabry, and others
- Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder
- Pediatric onset multiple sclerosis
- Susac's syndrome
Why Choose the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Children's Hospital
- Recognized care
The Vanderbilt Multiple Sclerosis Center is a certified program by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, recognized for our comprehensive and excellent care for patients with MS.
- Collaborative care
In our multidisciplinary approach to care, Multiple Sclerosis Center specialists work closely with colleagues in neuroradiology, ophthalmology, rheumatology, sleep neurology and urology to address secondary symptoms from inflammatory demyelinating diseases. Our physicians work with the Department of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, which oversees the rehabilitation of patients admitted to Vanderbilt-Stallworth Medical Center.
We have team members specializing in physical therapy, occupational therapy, neuro-urology and wheelchair and assistive devices working to outline rehabilitative aspects of every patient's neurological care.
- Whole-child care
Our MS specialists are closely partnered with the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology to address school-related difficulties, cognitive impairment and mood disorders that patients with MS may face.
- Family-centered care
We provide all options for MS treatment and other neuro-immunological disorders. Specially trained nurses staff our infusion center. Our dedicated social worker provides information on community resources and social support for your family.