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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 and other autoimmune diseases that affect the central nervous system 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 and Dr. Diana Vargas in 2014, the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis and NeuroImmunology clinic, as a component of the overall Atlanta VA/Emory MS Center, has become an essential part of our Emory brain health initiative.

Services and Treatment
We have specialized expertise in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis as well as other immune mediated conditions like Neuromyelitis Optica, Neurosarcoidosis, Transverse myelitis, Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis and the different kinds of Autoimmune encephalitis.  We offer comprehensive evaluation of patients and multidisciplinary care with access to 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 in 1990. 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. In 2014, Diana Vargas joined the faculty from University of Maryland where she did her clinical fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and remained as faculty in the University of Maryland and Baltimore VA MS center of Excellence.  Drs. Lava, Tyor and Vargas are the leading team of clinicians and researchers to help patients deal with multiple sclerosis and other similar disorders.

Clinical Director – Neil Lava, MD
Research Director – William Tyor, MD

Clinical and Research Staff
Gregory Esper, MD, Neurologist
Neil Lava, MD, Neurologist
William Tyor, MD, Neurologist
Diana L. Vargas, MD, Neurologist
Jacqueline Rosenthal, MD, Neurologist (fellow)
Valerie Biousse, MD, Neuro-Ophthalmologist
Nancy Newman, MD, Neuro-Ophthalmologist
David Loring, PhD, Neuropsychologist
Samantha Henan, NP
Lauren Shemain, Social worker
Lisa Aquillano, PharmD, Pharmacist

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

Atlanta VAMC
William Tyor, MD
Jacqueline Rosenthal, MD (fellow)
Charlotte Bayer, Study Coordinator
Pamela Brown, RN, MSN, NP
Charlyn Thomas, Administrative Assistant

Contact Charlyn Thomas at 404-321-6111, ext 7330, if you are a veteran and want a VA appointment.

Basic Research
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, Tyor and Vargas. 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 laboratory of Dr. Tyor. Please send inquiries to:
William Tyor, M.D.
Neuroscience Academic Coordinator, Neurology (GEC)
Atlanta VAMC
1670 Clairmont Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033