The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center is accredited by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for its comprehensive, interprofessional approach to MS and related conditions for patients of all ages.
Our patients have access to a multi-disciplinary team who understand the challenges of living with MS and are committed to seamless, state-of-the-art care for MS and related conditions.
Our team includes:
- Board-certified and fellowship trained multiple sclerosis neurologists
- Sleep specialists
- Pain specialists
- Spinal cord medicine physician
- Counseling psychologists
- Rehabilitation therapists
- Headache specialists
The Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders (NMOSD) Division at Hackensack University Medical Center encompasses specialists that are skilled at the diagnosis, medical management and education of this rare form of demyelinating diseases.
NMOSDs are forms of autoimmune diseases that are often mistaken for MS because they can present in a similar way. Unlike MS, up to 75% of these cases can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.
There is no one test that can diagnose multiple sclerosis. To diagnose MS, our team will begin by reviewing your symptoms and signs and health history. Additional tests may include blood work, a spinal tap, imaging studies, and neuropsychological assessments.
Our center addresses the care needs of people with MS and related disorders such as:
- Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders
- Transverse myelitis
- Optic neuritis
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease, which currently requires life-long treatment. Our team will recommend a personalized treatment plan based on your history, examination, MRI findings and other factors.
The Multiple Sclerosis Center offers a wide range of treatments and support services to improve your symptoms, improve neurological function and reduce the likelihood of relapses and disease progression.
Our specialists use a variety of treatments to manage MS symptoms. Symptoms and potential treatment options may include:
- MS flares. Corticosteroids and plasma exchange therapy are available to help you reduce symptoms during MS flares.
- Your health care provider will work with you to find safe and effective ways to manage your pain, such as medication or physical therapy.
- Sleep disorders. Your health care provider will work closely with sleep specialists to help you manage sleep disorders.
- Vision problems. Neuro-ophthalmologists are available to treat problems with vision, such as double vision, loss of vision or blurry vision.
- Bladder, bowel and sexual problems. Physical therapy, medication and counseling intervention are available to help patients address bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction.
- Infusion therapy for disease progression. Multiple drug infusion therapies are available to modify MS disease progression. Your health care provider will let you know if you are a candidate for infusion therapy.
- Muscle spasms. Botoxâ injections and intrathecal baclofen therapy — the use of an implanted medical device to deliver medication into the spinal fluid — are available for the treatment of muscle spasms.
- Memory impairment. Comprehensive testing and rehabilitative services are offered onsite to help improve symptoms such as word finding difficulty, cognitive fatigue and challenges with multitasking.
- Headaches. Many MS patients suffer from headaches. We work with fellowship trained headache specialists to reduce these symptoms.
Our team offers a full range of supportive services, including:
- Physical and occupational therapy. Your provider may recommend physical and occupational therapy to help you improve or maintain motor and bladder function and relieve pain.
- Swallowing and speech therapy. Your provider may recommend that you see a speech-language pathologist to improve your ability to speak and swallow, or to manage related problems such as coughing.
- Cognitive rehabilitation. Your health care provider may suggest cognitive rehabilitation to help you relearn cognitive skills that have been lost or altered by neurological damage.
- Psychological care. Multiple sclerosis can be as much of an emotional challenge as it is a physical one, and some patients may experience symptoms of depression or anxiety and difficulty to adjusting to this diagnosis. Your health care provider may suggest psychological treatment from a skilled counseling psychologist to help you live life to the fullest despite having MS.
Our physicians are active investigators in cutting-edge MS research, offering patients an opportunity to new research treatments before they are widely available. Our ongoing clinical trials are helping to advance the options for therapies in MS care while improving outcomes for patients.
The Alfred N. Sanzari Medical Arts Building
360 Essex Street, Suite 303,
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Meet Our Team
Krupa Shah Pandey, M.D.
Neurologist, Director of MS Center
Florian P. Thomas, M.D., M.A., Ph.D., M.S.
Yelena Roshchina, D.O.
Martin Gizzi, M.D., Ph.D.
Elizabeth Ann Curko Kera, Ph.D.
Brian Amorello, Ph.D.
Debra Lynn Fromer, M.D.,
Michelle Joosun Kim, M.D.