Multiple Sclerosis

Leading the Way

The multiple sclerosis (MS) team at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is dedicated to early, accurate diagnosis and expert disease management. These fellowship-trained specialists work alongside advanced practice providers, MS-certified physical and occupational therapists, and licensed social workers to deliver the highest-quality care for body and mind. MS Wellness is top-of-mind: in fact, there’s even an opportunity to consult with physicians through a program by that very name.

A $1.35 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has spurred rapid growth of the center’s MS program, which collaborates with a renowned ally: Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research, one of the largest, most comprehensive MS programs worldwide. Mellen Center physicians are national leaders in medical management of MS, and have made major research contributions to our understanding of the disease. A philanthropic gift establishing the Eric and Sheila Samson Chair for Multiple Sclerosis Research in Las Vegas has amplified research in advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, the impact of aging and MS, health and wellness in MS care, and comparative outcomes of newer medications.

The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is involved in multiple clinical trials, and has served as a test site for promising MS medications such as Ocrevus (ocrelizumab), which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017. 

For Patients and Families

Most people with MS receive their diagnosis between ages 20 and 50. This news is life-changing, but our Individual and Family Services team is here to help with no-cost counseling and introduction to community resources ranging from transportation to legal services. A generous gift from Gloria and Emilio Estefan supports the efforts of our Caregiver and Community Education team.

What Is MS?

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system in which nerve damage disrupts communication between brain and body. About 2.5 million people worldwide, including more than 400,000 Americans, have MS. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society estimates that two to three times more women than men are affected.

Symptoms vary widely among patients, and may involve:

  • Numbness or tingling in different body parts
  • Difficulty walking
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision

Related Diseases

MS is a demyelinating disease, which means the protective myelin sheath has been stripped from the nerves in parts of the brain and spinal cord. Related disorders that we treat at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health include:

  • Neuromyelitis optica (NMO)
  • Transverse myelitis
  • White matter abnormalities on brain MRI

Don’t go it alone

Thanks to philanthropic support, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is here to help patients and families navigate a future of managing MS — refusing to allow the disease manage them. Learn more about our supportive services.