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MSCoE Research & Development

MSCoE continues to advance forward the VA’s mission of MSCoE facilitating MS research by providing a structure and environment that facilitating laboratory research, clinical trials, epidemiologic and health services research, and research training. Our current grants and publications have direct relevance to the VA by addressing a variety of MS care needs and disease management of Veterans with MS. Research includes investigations in the biology of MS, targets for intervention, impacts of spasticity, fatigue and fall management programs, health services and delivery of care to evaluate and improve mood and fatigue, and telehealth interventions to improve access to care and symptom management. In addition, MS research is prevalent in the VA with research occurring throughout the country by our affiliated VA MS researchers. Back to MSCoE Research page

Our Researchers

MSCoE - West

VA Puget Sound Health Care System – Seattle, WA

 Jodie Haselkorn, MD, MPH Jodie K. Haselkorn, MD, MPH
Director of MSCoE-West
Bio      Selected Pubs

Aaron Turner, PhD
Associate Co-Director Research
Bio      Selected Pubs      Clinical Trials


Steve Leipertz, PhD
Associate Director Informatics
Bio       Selected Pubs


Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW
Research and Projects Coordinator
Bio       Selected Pubs

 VA Portland Health Care System – Portland, OR

  Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, MCR
Acting Co-Director MSCoE - West and Associate Director of Research
Bio          Selected Pubs            Clinical Trials
Rebecca Spain
Associate Director Clinical Care
Bio          Selected Pubs             Clinical Trials
Vijayshree Yadav
Assistant Associate Director for Clinical Care
Bio          Selected Pubs             Clinical Trials
Dennis Bourdette, MD
(Retired Co-Director MSCoE - West)
Bio        Selected Pubs               Clinical Trials
Ruth Whitham, MD
(Retired Associate Director Clinical Care)
Bio        Selected Pubs               Clinical Trials

MSCoE – East

Washington DC VA Medical Center – Washington, DC


Mitchell Wallin, MD, MPH
Director MSCOE East
Bio       Selected Pubs 


Heidi Maloni, PhD, APRN, BC-ANP, CNRN, MSCN
National Clinical Nurse Director
Bio        Selected Pubs

VA Maryland Health Care System - Baltimore, MD


Walter Royal, III, MD
Associate Director Research
Bio       Selected Pubs     Clinical Trials

  Joel Culpepper, MA, PhD
Director Epidemiology & Bioinformatics
Bio       Selected Pubs    

  Christopher T. Bever, Jr., MD, MBA
(Former Director of MSCoE – East)
Bio       Selected Pubs      Clinical Trials

MS Researchers

Baltimore, MD - VA Maryland Health Care System
Susan Conroy, DScPT

Bio       Research

Birmingham, AL - Birmingham VA Medical Center
John Rinker, MD

Bio       Research        Clinical Trials

Chicago, IL - Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Michael Carrithers, MD, PhD  
Demetrias Skias, MD 

Bio       Research             
Bio       Research                             

Dallas, TX - VA North Texas Health Care System
Olaf Stuve, MD, PhD     

Bio       Research        Clinical Trials

Denver, CO - VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
John Corboy, MD             

Bio       Research        Clinical Trials

Little Rock, AR - Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Robert Archer, MD 

Bio       Research

Long Beach, CA - VA Long Beach Healthcare System
Gaby T. Thai, MD 

Bio       Research

Los Angeles, CA - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Robert M. Baumhefner, MD

Bio       Research         Clinical Trials

Madison, WI - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Christopher C. Luzzio, MD

Bio       Research

Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Adam Carpenter, MD 

Bio       Research         Clinical Trials 

New Orleans, LA - Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
Jesus Lovera, MD, MsPH 
Amparo Gutierrez, MD, FAAN

Bio       Research         Clinical Trials
Bio       Research

Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma City VA Health Care System
Merehez Rabadi, MD  

Bio       Research

Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix VA Health Care System 
Jane Chan, MD

Bio       Research    Clinical Trials

Portland, OR - VA Portland Health Care System
Halina Offner, DrMed
Arthur A. Vandenbark, PhD  
Fay Horak, PhD, PT
Edward Kim, MD
Cinda Hugos, MS, PT  

Bio        Research
Bio        Research
Bio        Research
Bio        Research        Clinical Trials
Bio        Research        Clinical Trials

Salt Lake City, UT - VA Salt Lake City Health Care System 
John Rose, MD
Stacey Clardy, MD    
Miguel Paz Soldan, MD

Bio        Research        Clinical Trials
Bio        Research
Bio        Research

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco VA Health Care System
Douglas Goodin, MD   

Bio        Research

St. Louis, MO - VA St. Louis Health Care System
Gregory F. Wu, MD, PhD  

Bio        Research