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Multiple Sclerosis Program

About Our Program

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), or are in the process of trying to get a confirmed diagnosis, we understand the fear and trepidation you may be feeling. Multiple sclerosis is not fully understood, and unfortunately that means that people with the disease face more unknowns than we would like.

Here is what we do know: Multiple sclerosis affects multiple areas of the brain and spinal cord, leaving lesions that interfere with the ability of the nervous system to send and receive signals. A person with multiple sclerosis may experience trouble walking, muscle stiffness or spasms, weakness, vision problems, or numbness or tingling sensations, among other symptoms.

At Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, our multiple sclerosis specialists strive to alleviate those symptoms, as well as to educate and empower you as you fight MS, and to enlist you as a partner as we search for new, more effective treatments. Through access to clinical trials, advanced facilities, and our deep base of clinical knowledge, we hope that we can give you a sense of hope, determination, and purpose as you partner with us for your care.

We are a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Center for Comprehensive Care.

For more information on the Barrow Multiple Sclerosis Program or to make an appointment, please call (602) 406-6262.

the physicians of the barrow multiple sclerosis program
Our multiple sclerosis specialists. Left to right: Michael Robers, MD, Aimee Borazanci, MD, and Ram Narayan, MD.

—Bike the U.S. for MS—

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Support Dr. Jeremy Shefner as he rides from Seattle to San Diego this summer to raise money for multiple sclerosis treatment.

The Barrow Difference

At Barrow Neurological Institute, we understand the impact multiple sclerosis and other neuroimmune disorders can have on your daily life. Our Multiple Sclerosis Program is home to a variety of therapists who can address your unique needs and help you manage your symptoms so that you can enjoy an improved quality of life.

Through access to our deep base of clinical knowledge, advanced facilities, and clinical trials, we hope to give you a sense of hope, determination, and purpose as your partner with us for your care.

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Comprehensive Care

The Multiple Sclerosis Program at Barrow was the first—and remains the only—Center for Comprehensive Care in Arizona. The designation, awarded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, recognizes our commitment to providing a complete spectrum of multiple sclerosis care.

Each month, we hold a multidisciplinary clinic where patients can see different specialists in one visit and receive a comprehensive treatment plan. 

Our specialists include:

  • Two fellowship-trained MS Specialists/Neuroimmunologists
  • MS-Trained Therapists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Nutritionists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers

Infusion Suite

For intravenous medications, we offer you the convenience of having your infusions in the same office where you receive the rest of your MS care. Built in 2014, our infusion suite includes amenities such as personal televisions and comfortable furniture to help you relax and pass the time.

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Clinical Trials

As an institution dedicated to clinical research, Barrow strives to offer each patient the option to participate in a clinical trial. These studies help us learn more about challenging diseases like MS and make progress toward developing better therapies.

Barrow is also a member site of the North American Imaging in MS Cooperative (NAIMS).

Rare Diseases

While we focus primarily on multiple sclerosis, we treat a variety of rare neuroimmune disorders. Our team includes a neurologist who has a special certification in the evaluation and management of rare neuroimmune disorders. Other diseases we diagnose and treat include:

  • Autoimmune Encephalitis
  • Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder
  • Neurosarcoidosis
  • Susac’s Syndrome
  • Transverse Myelitis 

Specialists

Location

Barrow Neurological Institute campus in 3D

Videos

Multiple Sclerosis Q&A Part 1

What is multiple sclerosis, or MS?

What is multiple sclerosis, or MS?

Learn about the clinical definition of multiple sclerosis (MS)
Is multiple sclerosis treatable?

Is multiple sclerosis treatable?

Learn about treatments for multiple sclerosis.
What causes multiple sclerosis?

What causes multiple sclerosis?

Dr. Narayan discusses the causes of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Is multiple sclerosis genetic?

Is multiple sclerosis genetic?

The role of genes and genetics in multiple sclerosis (MS).
What age does someone usually see symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

What age does someone usually see symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Learn more about the typical age of onset for multiple sclerosis (MS).
Do environmental factors play a role in multiple sclerosis?

Do environmental factors play a role in multiple sclerosis?

Find out if environmental factors can play a role in multiple sclerosis…
Can Covid-19 cause multiple sclerosis?

Can Covid-19 cause multiple sclerosis?

Learn about what the current research says about Covid-19 and multiple sclerosis…
Can lifestyle contribute to acquiring MS?

Can lifestyle contribute to acquiring MS?

Find out of your lifestyle could play a role in developing multiple…
What are the differences among MS treatments?

What are the differences among MS treatments?

Dr. Narayan discusses the differences between different types of multiple sclerosis (MS)…
What is the frequency of IV infusion treatments for MS patients?

What is the frequency of IV infusion treatments for MS patients?

Learn about the frequency of IV infusion treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS).
What can I expect during an infusion treatment for MS?

What can I expect during an infusion treatment for MS?

Get information on what happens during multiple sclerosis (MS) infusion treatments.
What are the side effects of MS infusion treatment?

What are the side effects of MS infusion treatment?

Understand the possible side effects of infusion treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS).

Multiple Sclerosis Q&A Part 2

Side Effects from Multiple Sclerosis Tablets

Side Effects from Multiple Sclerosis Tablets

Ram Narayan, MD, of the Barrow Multiple Sclerosis Program discusses the side…
Multiple Sclerosis Medications and the Risk of Developing Another Illness

Multiple Sclerosis Medications and the Risk of Developing Another Illness

The risk of developing another illness while on medications for multiple sclerosis…
Questions to Ask Your Multiple Sclerosis Provider

Questions to Ask Your Multiple Sclerosis Provider

Find out what questions you should ask during your doctor’s appointments for…
How common is multiple sclerosis?

How common is multiple sclerosis?

Learn about the incidence rate of multiple sclerosis.
Is it possible to prevent multiple sclerosis?

Is it possible to prevent multiple sclerosis?

It is not possible to prevent multiple sclerosis because the exact cause…
The Pros and Cons of Injectables to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

The Pros and Cons of Injectables to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Ram Narayan discusses the pros and cons of injectable drugs to…
Frequency of Monitoring During Multiple Sclerosis Treatments

Frequency of Monitoring During Multiple Sclerosis Treatments

Monitoring and lab tests during treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) are more…

Minding What Matters Most

Minding What Matters Most

Minding What Matters Most

Here at Barrow Neurological Institute, we are preserving thoughts, memories, dreams, personalities,…