The University of Alabama at Birmingham Multiple Sclerosis Center has been designated a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This is the highest designation in the system developed by the NMSS.
UAB is now one of only seven such centers within a 200-mile radius of Birmingham. To achieve this status, an organization must offer a multidisciplinary model of care to address the needs of persons with MS, and to offer access to a full array of coordinated medical, psychosocial and rehabilitation services.
"The needs of patients with multiple sclerosis are varied and complicated, and need, comprehensive management," said Khurram Bashir, MD, professor in the Department of Neurology and director of the UAB MS Clinic. "Our focus is exclusively on MS."
The UAB Comprehensive Center for MS Care has expanded its already extensive services with more nurses and staff members trained in MS care, along with expanded offerings.
The comprehensive designation reflects the collaboration between the adult UAB MS Clinic and the Center for Pediatric-Onset Demyelinating Disease in the UAB Department of Pediatrics, which treats children with MS. The CPODD, housed at Children's of Alabama, provides care for children across a broad range of medical specialties.
More than 2.3 million people have MS. Most are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. At least two to three times more women than men are diagnosed with MS.