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Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence

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About the Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence

The Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence (MSCoE), established by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in 2003, are dedicated to furthering the understanding of multiple sclerosis, its impact on Veterans, and effective treatments to help manage the disease and the symptoms of MS. There are two national MSCoE 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, health care providers, and other service organizations we hope to minimize impairment and maximize quality of life for Veterans with MS.

Mission

  • Improve the quality and consistency of health care services delivered to Veterans with MS across the country.
  • Expand care coordination between VA medical centers through the development of a national network of MS providers within the VHA.
  • Provide resources to VA providers through a collaborative approach to clinical care, education, research, and informatics.

Functional Cores

MSCoE is organized around four functional cores:

1. Clinical Care

Improving the clinical care of Veterans with MS by developing a national network of VA MS Regional Programs and MS Support Programs. Ensuring access to all MS therapies approved by the US Federal Drug Administration. Advocating for appropriate and safe use of MS therapies, as well as monitoring, through collaborations with the national VA Pharmacy Benefits Management Service. Providing national consultation services to VA healthcare providers. Mentoring fellows, residents, and medical students on MS clinical care practices.

2. Research and Development

Conducting clinical, health services, epidemiologic, and basic science research relevant to the care of Veterans with MS. Disseminating research findings through publications, presentations, abstracts, and clinical practice guidelines. Enhancing collaboration among VA medical facilities and increasing the participation of Veterans in research activities. Providing research mentorship for the next generation of VA MS scientists.

3. Education and Training

Providing a national program of MS education for healthcare providers, Veterans, and caregivers to improve knowledge, enhance access to resources, and promote Veteran self-efficacy and treatment adherence. Collaborating with national service organizations to increase educational opportunities, share knowledge, and expand participation. Utilizing our website to create enduring educational opportunities. Coordinating a specialized post-doctoral fellowship training program to develop expertise in MS health care.

4. Informatics and Telemedicine

Employing state-of-the-art informatics, telemedicine technology, and the MSCoE website to improve strategies and practices of MS healthcare delivery. Our MS Assessment Tool and MS Surveillance Registry support MS population management and individual care. Maintaining a national MS Data Repository of Veterans with MS that is utilized in VA clinics and MS research.

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

Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, MCR
Neurologist, VA Portland HCS; Associate Director of Research, MSCoE West; Associate 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