Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Division Chief's Message

Welcome to the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro-immunology Division.  The mission of our division is to provide high quality comprehensive care for people with multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory disorders of the brain and spinal cord, develop new more effective treatments for these disorders, and train a new generation of experts to advance knowledge in this field.

Our multiple sclerosis clinic, in partnership with colleagues at the Shirley Ryan Ability Labs, was one of the first comprehensive treatment programs focusing on combined therapy of the disease process, its symptoms, and the optimization of quality of life for those who live with this chronic neurologic condition. Our center was one of the first to be recognized as a comprehensive multiple sclerosis center by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Within this program, members of the division provide second opinions and continuing care services in diagnosis and treatment of this disorder which commonly affects young and middle aged adults. We also specialize in related conditions such as Neuromyelitis Optica (Devic’s disease), anti –MOG encephalitis, and transverse myelitis.

Members of our division also provide diagnostic evaluation and care for autoimmune encephalitis, an emerging group of conditions in which inflammation directed at a variety of targets in the brain results in problems with behavior, thinking and movement; neuro-sarcoidosis of the central nervous system, and other multi-system immune diseases which affect the brain and spinal cord.

Members of our division engage in research studies and collaborate with scientists in the basic science divisions of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and experts elsewhere, to advance understanding of these conditions and develop more effective treatments by translating new knowledge into therapeutic approaches for these conditions. Our division provides training to neurology residents and fellows who will make up the next generation of experts to advance and provide therapies for these conditions.

We welcome your interest and the opportunity to be of service to you.


Bruce Cohen, MD

Chief, Division of MS/Neuroimmunology