UW Medicine MS Center, located at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, and operated by UW Medical Center, was formerly known as Western Multiple Sclerosis Center. It was established in 1977 at UW Medical Center as one of the first comprehensive MS centers in the country.
The new, state of the art center offers a full range of services to MS patients including diagnosis and treatment. Our staff is knowledgeable about disease treatments, rehabilitation treatments and experimental treatments.
UW Medicine’s comprehensive capabilities to treat multiple sclerosis would be hard to find anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest. Patients have sought care from our program for more than 30 years. Our MS rehabilitation research center is the only one of its kind in the region; it earned a global reputation by recognizing, among other things, that fatigue is a common problem for MS patients.
Our practitioners know which diagnostics can best reveal the disease’s subtle early signs, and which therapies can help combat the disease’s debilitating physical and cognitive effects. We understand that each patient’s symptoms require an individualized rehabilitation program. We know how to weigh risks vs. benefits of the newest medications, which are more powerful but more complex in their potential side effects, too.
Most of all, we are deeply committed to enhancing the life quality of patients at every stage of MS’ continuum.
Our newly redesigned MS Center gives patients convenient access to diagnostic tests, therapies and services. Additionally, UW Medicine staffs other programs that help patients with driver’s education, custom orthotics and vocational counseling. The center is also equipped with an infusion suite for patients whose medications are delivered intravenously.
As part of the UW Medicine health system, the center draws from a broad band of practitioners’ knowledge, expertise and experience. In addition to physicians who specialize in MS, patients have access to professionals in many subspecialties and services:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Vocational and rehabilitation counselors
- Social workers
- Orthotics specialist
- Driver-training expert
- Nurse practitioner
- Clinicians trained in assistive technology and neuropsychology
Continuity of Care Policy
The physicians of Multiple Sclerosis Center are committed to providing their patients with the best care possible, and feel strongly that continuity of care is integral to the delivery of care. Continuity of care is the process by which the patient and the physician are cooperatively involved in ongoing healthcare management with the goal of high quality, cost-effective medical care.
Payment and Insurance
Multiple Sclerosis Center accepts Medicare and most major insurance plans. Please contact your insurance company to verify benefits prior to your visit, or contact us with any questions. Your insurance may require you to pay a co-payment at the time of your appointment. (This is typically noted on the front or back of your insurance card.) Please bring your insurance card and photo ID to your appointment.
For more information, please visit the UW Medicine Billing & Insurance section.