Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system which can affect an individual’s ability to write, speak or walk, as a result of a disruption between the communication of the brain and other parts of the body.

At Hackensack Meridian Health, our goal is to treat all of your individual symptoms in order to improve your quality of life and neurological function. We believe you and your family are vital members of the care team, which is why we are committed to working closely with you on your individual course of treatment.

We have two MS Centers across New Jersey so you can access quality care close to home: Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Both centers are members of the Consortium of MS Centers, the preeminent organization of health care professionals whose goal is to improve the lives of those affected by multiple sclerosis.

Our integrated team of neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, neuro-urologists, neuro-radiologists, sleep specialists, pain specialists, geriatricians, dietitians, psychologists, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, and support staff 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.

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Our Center Locations  

At our MS Centers, we recognize that the conditions we treat affect many aspects of one’s health, including mobility, vision, thinking, memory, pain, and mood as well as bladder, bowel and sexual function. Each of our centers have an integrated team dedicated to offering you comprehensive care to improve your symptoms, optimize your daily life, reduce your pain, and improve your long-term prognosis. 

 

Florian P. Thomas, M.D. and Krupa Shah Pandey, M.D. lead an integrated interprofessional team dedicated to your care.

Address:
The Multiple Sclerosis Center
360 Essex Street, Suite 303
Hackensack NJ 07601
551-996-8100

Meet Our Team

Florian Thomas, M.D.
Krupa Pandey, M.D.
Brian Amorello, Ph.D.
Maria Tedi C. Coronel, APN
Debra Lynn Fromer, M.D.
Martin Gizzi, M.D.
Elizabeth Kera, Ph.D.
Michelle Joosun Kim, M.D.
Yelena Roshchina, M.D.
Alfred Steinberger, M.D.







Led by David Duncan, M.D., the MS Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a Partner in Care with the MS Society.

Address:
The Multiple Sclerosis Center
1945 Route 33 
Neptune NJ 07753
732-897-3620

Meet Our Team

David B. Duncan, M.D.

Lana Zhovtis Ryerson, M.D.

Patricia Mezzina, APN

Diagnosis

There is no one test that can diagnose multiple sclerosis. To diagnose MS, our team begins by reviewing your symptoms and health history. Additional tests may include blood work, a spinal tap, imaging studies, a motor function assessment 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

Treatment Options

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. MS medication options are utilized to manage symptoms, treat relapses, and reduce the number of attacks and/or slow the progression of the disease. These medication treatment options may include:

  • Injectable medications: Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone
  • Oral medications: Aubagio, Gilenya, Tecifidera
  • Infused medications: Lemtrada, Novantrone, Ocrevus, Tysabri

Supportive Services

We recognize that multiple sclerosis affects multiple domains of one’s health, including mobility, vision, thinking, memory, pain, mood, bladder, bowel and sexual function. Our highly specialized team provides a wide variety of services and treatments for multiple sclerosis and is committed to seamless, state-of-the-art care for MS, including:

Research and Clinical Trials for MS

The Neuroscience Institutes at Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center conduct advanced clinical research in pursuit of advancing science and improving outcomes for patients with multiple sclerosis.

For more information on our current clinical trials, contact:

• MS Center at Hackensack University Medical Center at 551-996-8100.
• MS Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center at 732-897-3620.

Our Doctors

Our neurological experts are equipped to care for the most intricate cases; from our fellowship-trained and board-certified physicians who hold the highest level of training and accreditation possible in their specialty, to our highly skilled nurses, we provide you with the best treatment options possible.

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