Cleveland Clinic’s Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center

By Dr. Aaron W. Abrams and Dr. Mary Rensel, Pediatric and Adult Neuroimmunologists at Cleveland Clinic

At Cleveland Clinic’s Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Neuroimmunology Center, our goal is to provide the best care possible to our patients and families. Our facility is one of 10 nationally recognized Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence by the US Network of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Centers and the National MS Society. We provide comprehensive care for children and adolescents with MS and other neuroinflammatory disorders.

At Cleveland Clinic, we believe strongly in multi-disciplinary care. Managing complex diseases requires a comprehensive and experienced approach. To achieve this, Dr. Aaron Abrams in the Pediatric Neurosciences Center works side-by-side with Dr. Mary Rensel in the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis and other experts to collaborate on challenging cases, stay up-to-date on the most cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment technologies, and actively participate in research projects. We collaborate with colleagues from around the world, all in the hopes of one day discovering a cure for these debilitating illnesses.

Our expert team is solely dedicated to helping children and adolescents, along with their families achieve the best quality of life possible. We work closely with Cleveland Clinic’s renowned neuro-ophthalmologists, rehabilitation specialists, rheumatologists, immunologists, neuropsychologists and neuroradiologists to create a monitoring and treatment plan tailored specifically to each child’s personal and disease-specific needs. In addition to pediatric multiple sclerosis, we treat a wide array of other pediatric neuroinflammatory disorders such as acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), MOG antibody disease (MOGAD), neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD), optic neuritis (ON), transverse myelitis (TM) and autoimmune encephalitis (AIE).

In the true spirit of collaboration, we can bring in experts from other Cleveland Clinic centers, such as Epilepsy and Movement Disorders for our autoimmune encephalitis patients, to address all aspects of a child’s disease. We understand how challenging each and every symptom can be to both patients and their family members and strive to prioritize well-being. In this way, we continue to work together to help our children achieve their full potential across all aspects of daily life, whether it be academically, socially, emotionally, physically, or professionally.

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