A prestigious recognition, the National MS Society awards this title to a handful of healthcare providers each year
Chapel Hill, NC – On March 28, 2023, UNC’s MS/Neuroimmunology Division, a leading provider of care for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), has been officially recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program. This formal recognition honors the UNC MS/Neuroimmunology Division’s commitment to high-quality MS care. The Comprehensive MS Care Center distinction is appointed by a local and national committee, and the organization must demonstrate a coordinated, multi-disciplinary care for MS. Clinicians at UNC’s MS/Neuroimmunology Division (Neurology Clinic in Chapel Hill and The Bodford Family Transverse Myelitis Center in Hillsborough) continually demonstrate a wealth of knowledge, experience, and the important attention to detail necessary in treating people living with MS.
“We are proud to partner with UNC’s MS/Neuroimmunology Division to enhance coordinated, comprehensive care for the people who live with MS”, said Jennifer Wise, President, National MS Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter. “In earning this recognition, UNC’s MS/Neuroimmunology Division has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in MS care, making a tremendous impact on the nearly 1 million people living with MS in our country,” Wise continued.
“This is one of the outstanding achievements of the UNC Department of Neurology”, said Dr. Gwenn Garden, Chair, UNC School of Medicine Department of Neurology. “We acknowledge the tremendous support from the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals, and a fruitful collaboration with other UNC departments (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology, Urology, Psychiatry, Pain Medicine, Neurosurgery, Rheumatology, Radiology, and others) in providing state-of- the- art comprehensive care to people with MS and related disorders”, Dr. Garden said.“MS is a very complex and heterogenous disease, a disease with many faces”, said Dr. Irena Dujmovic Basuroski, UNC MS/Neuroimmunology Division Chief. “Children and adults with MS are living under pressure of psysical, cognitive and emotional symptoms and MS significantly impacts their quality of life. UNCMS/Neuroimmunology Division is dedicated to excellence in providing the individualized, comprehensive and patient-centered care and we highly value our continued partnership with the National MS Society in this journey”, Dr. Dujmovic Basuroski concluded.
About Multiple Sclerosis
MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness and tingling, to walking difficulties, fatigue, dizziness, pain, depression, blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. A study led by the National MS Society estimates that nearly 1 million people are living with MS in the United States; twice as many than previously thought.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Learn more about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalMSsoicety.org.