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Emory MS Center


The Department of Neurology at Emory Clinic, under the direction of Dr. Neil Lava, established a Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis clinic in 2008. This clinic is available to anyone with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, possible multiple sclerosis, or other similar diseases. Our goal is to make neurological care at Emory Clinic easily accessible, as multiple sclerosis can be very complex and frightening. We strive to offer comprehensive, efficient and compassionate care to patients in need. With the addition of Dr. William Tyor to the Department of Neurology faculty in late 2008, the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis clinic has become part of the Emory MS Center, co-directed by Drs. Lava and Tyor.

Services and Treatment

We have specialized expertise in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and offer a full line of therapies. We also are able to provide integrative care with physical therapy, neuro-ophthalmology, cognitive evaluations and treatments, urological evaluations and treatment, and counseling. Clinical trials are also available.

Our Team

Co-directors Neil Lava and William Tyor have over 50 years of combined multiple sclerosis patient care. Dr. Lava was the founder and director of the Albany Medical College Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in Albany New York. Dr. Tyor began his Multiple Sclerosis training at Johns Hopkins and later became Co-Director of that clinic. After moving to the Medical University of South Carolina in 1992 he established the MUSC MS Center and directed that for 16 years before coming to Emory. Together, Drs. Lava and Tyor are leading a team of clinicians and researchers to help patients deal with multiple sclerosis.


Clinical Director – Neil Lava, M.D.
Research Director – William Tyor, M.D.

Clinical and Research Staff

Gregory Esper, MD, Neurologist
Neil Lava, MD, Neurologist
William Tyor, MD, Neurologist
Valerie Biousse, MD, Neuro-Ophthalmologist
Beau Bruce, MD, Neuro-Ophthalmologist
Nancy Newman, MD, Neuro-Ophthalmologist
David Loring, PhD, Neuropsychologist
Diana L. Vargas, MD, Neurologist
Brittaine Davis, PA
Callie Cook, NP

Call 404-778-3444 for an appointment at the Emory Clinic.

Atlanta VAMC
William Tyor, MD
Diana L. Vargas, MD, Neurologist
Ezinna Anosike, Study Coordinator
Pamela Brown, RN, MSN, NP
Renee Livsey, RN
Charlyn Thomas, Scheduling
Dayanda Haynes, Administrative Assistant

Contact Charlyn Thomas at 404-321-6111, ext 2070, if you are a veteran and want a VA appointment.

Basic Research

Brian Evavold, Ph.D.
Jacques Galipeau, MD
William Tyor, M.D.

Fellowship Training

A post-doctoral fellowship training position is available starting July 1, 2010. This position is open to an individual with an M.D. or M.D., Ph.D. who is Board eligible or Board certified in Neurology. The training program will include primary neurological care in the Emory MS under the direction of Drs. Lava and Tyor. The MS fellow will participate in ongoing clinical trials and will also gain experience in the design and implementation of clinical trials. There is an opportunity to participate in formal courses at the Emory School of Medicine to enhance expertise in clinical research. There is also an opportunity to participate in basic research in the labs of Drs. Tyor, Galipeau or Evavold. Please send inquiries to:

William Tyor, M.D.
Chief, Neurology (GEC)
Atlanta VAMC
1670 Clairmont Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033