Wednesday is World MS Day 2014
SAN ANTONIO (May 27, 2014) – The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at UT Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, was recently designated an MS Partner in Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The National MS Society’s Partners in MS Care program recognizes and supports quality MS care, and encourages strong partnerships between MS clinics and the national society to create optimal care and support for people living with multiple sclerosis.
Rebecca Romero, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, is a UT Medicine neurologist who oversees the MS clinic. More than 300 MS patients are seen by Dr. Romero and by Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., UT Medicine neurologist and dean of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center.
Dr. Romero said, “This is the first time in UT Health Science Center history that we have a dedicated Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. We are very proud and excited about this achievement.”
Drs. González-Scarano and Romero see MS patients at the Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC), the clinical home of UT Medicine San Antonio, and at the Robert B. Green Campus of University Health System.
According to the National MS Society, multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. MS interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and symptoms cannot be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving toward a cure. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. MS strikes women two to three times more frequently than men. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.
To schedule an appointment with Drs. Romero or González-Scarano, call 210-450-9700. The MS clinic offers MS diagnosis and treatment as well as in-house physical therapy and occupational therapy services. The MARC is located at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive.
Wednesday, May 28, is World MS Day. Organizations around the globe are using this day to bring awareness to this year’s focus on access for those living with MS. Barriers to access affect everyone with MS. These barriers include access to healthcare, treatments, buildings, employment or social and political life.
To learn more about MS, visit nationalMSsociety.org or call 800-344-4867.
UT Medicine San Antonio is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. With more than 700 doctors – all School of Medicine faculty – UT Medicine is the largest medical practice in Central and South Texas. Expertise is in more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. Primary care doctors and specialists see patients in private practice at UT Medicine’s flagship clinical home, the Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC), located at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio 78229. Most major health plans are accepted, and UT Medicine physicians also practice at several local and regional hospitals. Call (210) 450-9000 to schedule an appointment, or visit www.UTMedicine.org for a list of clinics and phone numbers.