Neurology: Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune illness affecting the central nervous system. Patients with MS require specialized attention to their medical, social and psychological needs that only a comprehensive center can provide.

The Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Program at the UF Health Neuroscience Institute — recognized by the National MS Society as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care — provides compassionate care that involves a team approach of medical specialists, all working together to provide MS patients with the highest quality of care and resources for the best possible outcome.

The program offers a one-stop-shopping approach to aggressively treating MS patients with resources such as:

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  • Expertise to develop the best treatment plan tailored to each patient's individual needs
  • Expertise and technology of an academic medical center in using the latest in MS treatment and research
  • Comprehensive and coordinated services - including physical, occupational and speech therapies, social services and psychological testing/counseling
  • A dedicated MS research team of University of Florida physicians and residents, working to offer you the most promising and cutting edge MS treatments, available only in clinical trials
  • Clinical trials
  • A dedicated MS nurse practitioner to answer questions and implement treatment plans
  • A dedicated social worker to coordinate outside services, emotional adjustment, and counseling, including pastoral support if requested
  • Patient education
  • Physician-led support groups for a variety of MS patients and their families including newly diagnosed, teens and young adults and young professionals
  • Extending diagnostic possibilities to include other neuro-immunological diseases
  • Second opinion service

Evaluation and Diagnosis

Early diagnosis and treatment can make all the difference in a patient's quality of life. From the beginning, physicians and staff specifically trained in the treatment of MS work with you to understand your symptoms, establish or verify a diagnosis, and determine the best course of treatment.

The evaluation process may include:

Treatment Options

Since each MS patient is unique, our integrative approach focuses on providing treatments and therapies geared specifically to each individual's needs.

Treatment plans may include:

  • Cognitive therapy and testing with neuropsychologists
  • On-campus physical and occupational therapy with services such as dedicated upper and lower extremity exercise programs, gait and balance training
  • Pain management services
  • Infusion services for injectibles (i.e. Solumedrol, IVIG, Novantrone) and plasmapheresis
  • Symptom-based individual treatments such as trigger-point injections for headaches
  • Interaction with a dedicated social worker to help with emotional adjustment and counseling including pastoral care if requested
  • Continuity of care with UF Health HomeCare visiting nurses
  • Michael T. Pulley, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Specializes in Clinical Neurophysiology; Multiple Sclerosis; Neurology; Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Kalina Sanders, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Medical Director, Multiple Sclerosis Center; Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency; Associate Clerkship Director
    Specializes in Multiple Sclerosis; Neurology
  • Scott L. Silliman, M.D.
    Professor
    Medical Director, Comprehensive Stroke Program; Program Director, Neurology Residency; Program Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship
    Specializes in Multiple Sclerosis; Neurology; Vascular Neurology

Locations

  1. UF Health Multispecialty Center - St. Marys

    201 B Lakeshore Point
    St. Marys, GA 31558

  2. UF Health Neurology - Jacksonville

    9th Floor, Tower I
    580 West 8th Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32209

  3. UF Health Neurology - North

    Suite 3600
    15255 Max Leggett Parkway
    Jacksonville, FL 32218

  4. UF Health Neurosciences - Emerson

    Building 1, Suite 300
    4555 Emerson Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32207