Neurosciences

Our Mission

The Multiple Sclerosis Center addresses the complex care needs of people with MS and related disorders such as neuromyelitis optica, transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.


While MS treatment options have dramatically improved over the years, the condition can still lead to significant challenges. At Hackensack University Medical Center’s Multiple Sclerosis Center, the goal is to treat your individual symptoms in order to improve your quality of life and neurological function.

Conditions and Treatments


Services and Treatments Offered at The Multiple Sclerosis Center

  • Sexual Dysfunction Care
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Swallow and Speech Therapy
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Botox Injections for spasms/spasticity
  • Intrathecal Baclofen therapy (ITB) pump
  • Resilience Counseling
  • Sleep Disorder Evaluation and Treatment
  • Neuro-urological Care and pelvic floor rehabilitation

Conditions Treated

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis

Expert Coordination and Seamless Convenience


Lead by Center Director Florian Thomas, MD, MA, PhD, MS, Chair of the Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Neurology at Hackensack University Medical Center, the Multiple Sclerosis Center brings together a team of specialists who work collaboratively on an individualized treatment plan to meet your physical and emotional needs. This team of physicians, dietitians, psychologists, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, and support staff is here to provide convenient, patient-centered care—including access to diagnostic testing, assistance with appointments and scheduling, and multiple consultations in one visit—so your experience is as seamless as possible.

Our team includes specialists from:

  • Neuropsychology
  • Urology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Nursing Cognitive and Speech Therapy
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Neuroradiology
  • Nutrition

Supporting Your Mental Health with MS


People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have emotional concerns such as worries about the future, depression or anxiety, and issues with partner and family relations. The counseling psychologists at Hackensack University Medical Center help you adjust to your disease through sessions that enable you to live life to the fullest despite MS. When you meet with the team, we encourage you to focus on your strengths and abilities, rather than your limitations. With your psychologist, you can improve the way you:

  • Adhere to your medications and your doctors’ recommendations
  • Relate to your family
  • Engage in routines such as exercise, diet, sleep, and other healthy living challenges

Through our integrative program, your physician and psychologist collaborate and coordinate your care, treating your MS both psychologically and physically. You can often see an MS physician and a psychologist on the same day, avoiding the need to travel to multiple appointments in different locations.

Multiple Sclerosis Resources

Explore the Health Library

Four Primary MS Foundation Resources: