Multiple Sclerosis & Neuroimmunology Program

At the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute, we pride ourselves in offering a team of multiple sclerosis doctors and specialists who are dedicated to helping patients at any stage of their disease journey. This comprehensive and integrated approach to care lessens the burden of the disease on patients and caregivers. Because there is no cure for MS, ongoing medical treatment for multiple sclerosis is required and available for patients to maintain the best quality of life. Our team specializes in the assessment and treatment of patients affected by this disease based on the disease sub-type, stage and their individualized need.
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Multiple Sclerosis & Neuroimmunology  Program

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the leading cause of disability in young adults. This disease is mediated by an autoimmune response causing damage to the nervous system. Important advances in the field are now significantly improving the course and the outcome of the disease. In addition to multiple disease-modifying therapies that tackle the immune response from various aspects, there are multiple therapies targeting the symptoms of the disease.

Experts in Neuroimmunology

Our multiple sclerosis program also provides expertise in neuroimmunology. This field has expanded to encompass multiple rare and challenging presentations that share similar pathology to MS, all driven by the immune system mistakenly attacking our own nervous system. Presentations such as optic neuritis (loss of vision), transverse myelitis (spinal cord dysfunction), encephalitis (brain inflammation) and meningitis can be manifestations of these disorders. The recent discoveries of new neuroimmunological tests and therapies to detect early and counter such disease processes have given new hope to patients, who, in the past, would have acquired disabilities as a result of treatment delay.

Hoag’s Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Program offers:

  • Thorough assessment and testing of patients with symptoms suggestive of MS (numbness or altered sensation, pain, focal weakness, vision loss, etc.).
  • A patient-centered and comprehensive treatment plan including disease-modifying therapies, medication monitoring and adjustment.
  • Assessment and management of inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system such as optic neuritis, transverse myelitis, encephalitis, among others.
  • Diagnosis and management of rare neuroimmunological diseases such as neuromyelitis optica (Devic’s disease), MOG-Ab (specific antibody “bad actors”) related disorders, paraneoplastic and autoimmune encephalitis and neurosarcoidosis.
  • A multidisciplinary approach to balance and gait disorders, spasticity, neurogenic bladder and bowel, MS-related fatigue and cognitive decline.

In addition to advanced medical therapy, the program offers research therapeutics, nurse navigation, and physical and psychological therapy to enhance the patient’s quality of life.

Meet the Team

  • Yasir N. Jassam, MD

    • Multiple Sclerosis & Neuroimmunology Program Director
    • Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology & Myeloneuropathy
  • Audrey Johns, MSN, RN, PHN

    • Multiple Sclerosis & Neuroimmunology Program Nurse Navigator

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Everyone needs help at different times in life, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your care team at Hoag. We’ll help find fast answers to your questions before, during, and after your treatment.

Need more information or to make an appointment?

Audrey Johns
Nurse Navigator
Multiple Sclerosis & Neuroimmunology Program
520 Superior Ave., Suite 205
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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