The UBC Hospital MS Clinic is located at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. The MS Clinic cares for 80 to 90 per cent of MS patients in BC.
From the beginning, we adopted a multidisciplinary team approach, with neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, urologists, nurses, social workers, physio and occupational therapists, psychiatrists, and genetic counselors working together to support patient treatment, education and research. Our team also works closely with imaging specialists and basic scientists, all searching for new, innovative ways to diagnose and treat MS.
We continue to be innovative in disease management and research. The clinic is a national clinical trial centre for new pharmaceutical therapies; imaging research, advanced genetics and immunology research; and is home to the world’s largest MS registry of over 7500 patients, many of whom have been followed for over 25 years. Our clinical team is committed to providing the best ongoing treatment, support and provide information for patients with MS and their families.
The UBC Hospital MS Clinic is a teaching clinic and is actively involved teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows who may become future MS specialists. Training and education is a very important component of the MS Clinic.
As the MS clinicians and researchers at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, our goal is to provide the best treatment that is safely available to our patients and to pursue research that could lead to improvements in their lives.
All of our neurologists are affiliated with the Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
- Dr. Anthony Traboulsee
Anthony Traboulsee is a Professor and Research Chair of the MS Society of Canada at the University of British Columbia. He is the Medical Director of the MS Clinic, Director of the MS/MRI Research Group, and Director of the MS Clinical Trials Research Group at the University of British Columbia Hospital. He received his B.Sc. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and his M.D. from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He completed a residency in Neurology and fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis at the University of British Columbia Hospital in Vancouver and University College London (Queen Square). His research focus is on the development of practice guidelines for routine use of MRI in the management of MS, establishing advanced MRI imaging outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis, and the treatment of Neuromyelitis Optica.
- Dr. Robert Carruthers
Originally from Vancouver, Dr. Carruthers studied medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He did his internshiup at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by neurology residency at the combined Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital program. He then undertook a fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis at the Partners MS Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His interests include improving patient care and safety in MS, Neuromyelitis Optica and neuroimmunology.
- Dr. Ana-Luiza Sayao
Ana-Luiza Sayao, BSc, MD, FRCPC, is currently a Neurologist at St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. She completed her residency training at UBC and Royal College board certification in Neurology in 2009. Highlights of her residency include an elective in Oxford England, where she studied history of Multiple Sclerosis, and wining the Ludmila and Henry Zeldowicz award for Neurology Resident Research in MS. She then completed a Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis at UBC in 2010 with a research focus on clinical epidemiology and evaluating patients with Benign MS, specifically assessing cognitive, psychosocial, quality of life and MRI changes in this unique group of MS patients. After a few years of general Neurology and MS practice, she completed a mini-Fellowship in Electroencephalography in 2014 and just successfully passed the Canadian EEG certification exam. She is actively involved in education of Neurology residents on communication skills, Multiple Sclerosis and general aspects of Clinical Neurology. She is the adult Neurology Lead in the BC Pediatric Transition Care Project where she and colleagues are creating transition care plans for young persons with neurological disorders including Multiple Sclerosis and other Neuro-inflammatory conditions. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at UBC.
- Dr. Virginia Devonshire
Dr. Virginia Devonshire has been on staff at Vancouver General Hospital since 1997, with the title of Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. She was previously the Director of the UBC MS Clinic and Director of the UBC MS Database. She provides clinical care, teaching of Neurology residents and MS Neurology fellows, and is a Principle Investigator in clinical trials in MS. Her areas of research have been in the Natural History of MS using the UBC MS Database. She was honored with the MS Society's National Award of Merit in 2008. In addition to her work in MS, she also has a large general neurology practice on the North Shore..