Multiple Sclerosis Program

Overview

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has been recognized as one of the most debilitating neurological disorders typically affecting patients between ages 20-60. Since its inception in 2009, the Multiple Sclerosis Program of Hoag Neurosciences Institute has played an instrumental role in providing various levels of education as well as state-of-the-art evaluation, diagnosis and implementation of advanced treatment modalities for multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica (Devic’s disease) and other complex neuroimmunological disorders.

The Hoag Multiple Sclerosis program involves community neurologists, and focuses on the medical treatment of the disease, management of symptoms, promoting mobility of patients with physical impairments, minimizing secondary complications, maximizing independence, improving quality of life, coping with psychological implications and providing education to patients and their families. The program includes clinical trials for patients with multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system.

Team

The nurse navigator for the program is Sheena Dhiman, BSN, MBA.

Support & Education

• The MS Essentials series is an educational offering of six biweekly classes on various subjects related to multiple sclerosis offered complimentary to the patients and families. This class is offered as needed

• Community educational programs and community outreach education programs in collaboration with NMSS and MSAA

• MS Alert: MS team is notified when any patient with a diagnosis of MS has been admitted to the hospital for any reason, in order to ensure their MS management is evaluated and assisted

• Participating in the Orange County annual MS Walk/ Fundraising since 2010