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Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence

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About the Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence

The Veterans Affairs Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence (MSCoE), established by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in 2003, are dedicated to furthering the understanding of the disease, its impact on Veterans, and effective treatments to help manage MS symptoms. There are two national coordinating Centers within the VHA, MSCoE-East located in Baltimore, MD and MSCoE-West jointly located in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. By partnering with Veterans, caregivers, and health care providers we hope to minimize disease impairment and increase the quality of life for Veterans with MS.

Our goals are to improve the quality and consistency of health services delivered to Veterans with MS across the country. Using a population-based management model, we support providers and Veterans by....

  • Maintaining a national MS Data Repository of Veterans with MS that we use in our own research and making this data available to other MS researchers,
  • Impacting services at the point-of-care using electronic medical record tools, and
  • Developing face-to-face and distant education and training options for health professionals and Veterans to facilitate evidence-based delivery of services.

Our Mission

  • Improve health care services for Veterans with MS.
  • Improve coordination between VA medical centers by developing an informal network within the VA.
  • Provide resources to VA providers through a collaborative approach to clinical care, education, research, and informatics.

Our Functional Cores

MSCoE is organized around four functional cores:

1. Clinical Care

Improve the clinical care of Veterans with MS by fostering an integrated hub–and–spoke care system within the entire VHA.

2. Research and Development

Conduct, disseminate, and apply research relevant to health needs of Veterans with MS using pre-clinical research on novel therapies and to pilot local and national clinical trials.

3. Education and Training

Provide a national program of MS education for VHA healthcare providers, Veterans and caregivers. Using a specialized post-doctoral fellowship training program continue to develop expertise in MS health care.

4. Informatics and Telemedicine

Employ state-of-the-art informatics, telemedicine technology, and the MSCoE web site to enhance strategies and practices of MS healthcare delivery.

Program Directors

MSCoE-West Director

Jodie K. Haselkorn, MD, MPH
Physiatrist, VA Puget Sound HCS; Professor,
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology; Affiliate Professor, Department of Medical History and
Ethics, University of Washington School of
Medicine, Seattle, WA

MSCoE-West Co-Director

Dennis Bourdette, MD
Neurologist, VA Portland HCS; Chairman, Department of Neurology; Professor, Department of Neurology; Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine; Roy & Eulalia Swank Family Research Professor, Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

MSCoE-East Director

Mitchell T. Wallin, MD, MPH
Neurologist, Washington DC VAMC; Associate
Professor, Department of Neurology, Georgetown University; Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Washington, DC

 

Staff of the Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence