As the Director of the Hoag Multiple Sclerosis Program, Dr. Bandari also
serves as the Founder and Medical Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center
of California & Research Group in Orange County, California and a
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neuro-immunology.
Dr. Bandari completed his residency in Neurology at Kaiser Permanente
Medical Center in Los Angeles, California where he served as the chief
resident and the recipient of the Leo Munoz Outstanding Resident Award.
He completed his fellowship training in neuro-immunology and multiple
sclerosis at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles
with a fellowship award from Harvard University Medical School and Brigham
& Women’s Hospital before joining the faculty of USC in 2004.
During his tenure at USC, Dr. Bandari held positions of the Associate
Director and the Director of the MS clinic between 2006-2008 and did extensive
collaborative work with Dr. Stanley Van Den Noort at UCl. In 2008, Dr.
Bandari established the Multiple Sclerosis Center of California and Research
Group in Orange County to better serve the medical needs of the MS community
in Southern California and to provide innovative and cutting edge research
in multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Bandari has more than 12 years of experience as a clinician and researcher
in multiple sclerosis. His research has focused on neuro-immunology and
demyelinating disorders of the central nervous system and more specifically
on multiple sclerosis. His current projects include clinical trials in
improvement in quality of life of MS patients including innovating treatments
for spasticity and cognitive dysfunction in MS, clinical studies in neuro-protection,
neuro-regeneration and Neuronal Stem Cell projects in multiple sclerosis.
He is also conducting research in new treatments for MS including oral
and IV medications. Dr. Bandari is currently a primary investigator and
co-investigator in numerous multi-center clinical trials of new and advanced
sciences in diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Bandari has been recognized as one of the top neurologists in the
nation specialized in multiple sclerosis. He is the recipient of the “Patients’
Choice Award” for 2008, 2009 & 2011 as well as the “Compassionate
Physician Award” in 2010. He is a member of the American Board of
Hospital Physicians, American Medical Association, the American Neurological
Association, the American Academy of Neurology, Consortium of Multiple
Sclerosis Centers, American Committee in Treatment & Research in Multiple
Sclerosis (ACTRIMS), & European Committee in Treatment & Research
in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS). He is an advisor for the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society (NMSS), Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA)
and Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF). Dr. Bandari is a lecturer and
educator at the local, national and international level in diagnosis,
pathophysiology,and advancements in treatments and clinical research in