The Department of Neurology Neuroimmunology / MS Division includes Drs. Rock Heyman, Galen Mitchell, Islam Zaydan and Mr. Ryan Orie, PA-C, MPAS and has an extremely active outpatient clinical program.
The MS program is accredited as an affiliated MS Center of the National MS Society (NMSS) which recognizes comprehensive programs having clinical, research, and educational activities. Nurses Marlene Boyd and Margie O’Leary and speech pathologist Patricia Bednarik are board certified in MS care. Our program features a comprehensive approach to all aspects of care and includes close affiliations with many services at UPMC and throughout the region to meet the needs of people with MS at all levels of disease severity. Once weekly we offer a multidisciplinary clinic which includes speech, language and cognitive evaluations; physical therapy evaluations; and on-site support for social and medical needs provided by staff of the NMSS. An infusion center is available Monday through Friday to meet the medical needs of MS patients. Many patients with other immunologic conditions such as Sjogren's syndrome or sarcoidosis involving the central nervous system are referred to this center by UPMC's regional physicians.
Division research includes multi-center studies of investigative therapies. Educational programs by division staff are directed towards people with MS, caregivers, allied health professionals, medical students, residents, and physicians. Division personnel frequently lecture to the numerous support groups throughout the region and to professional staff nationally.