The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at UT Medicine San Antonio, a clinical practice associated with the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center, was announced as a new MS Partner in Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on World Multiple Sclerosis Day.
The nomination means that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society now officially recognizes and supports the quality of the clinic and encourages partnerships in order to provide the best care and support to patients who suffer from the disease.
“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,” said Rebecca Romero, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and the UT Medicine neurologist who oversees the MS clinic.
Dr. Romero, together with Dr. Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., UT Medicine neurologist and dean of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center, care for more than 300 patients. Both see 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.
University of Texas Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice connected to the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, has more than 700 doctors and is the largest medical practice in Central and South Texas. The institution features proven expertise in more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. As an MS Partner in Care, the clinic offers not only diagnosis and treatment, but also internal physical therapy and occupational therapy.
Wednesday, May 28th is World Multiple Sclerosis Day, and it is being marked with awareness initiatives by organizations from all over the world. This year’s theme is access for people who live with MS, since there are still obstacles to accessing healthcare, treatment, buildings, employment, and social and political life.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that can be unpredictable and often disabling. With MS, the flow of information inside the brain and between the brain and the body is interrupted. The development, severity, and symptoms of the disease depend on each patient, but research is being made in order to find a cure.
More than 2.3 million people in the world suffer from the disease, most of whom are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50 years old. Women are two to three times more susceptible to MS than men.