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 Director of the MS/MRI Research Group and Co-Director of MS Clinical Trials. 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. Alice Schabas
Dr. Alice Schabas is a clinical neurologist specializing in the care of patients with Multiple Sclerosis. She completed her medical education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Following that, she did her neurology residency training here in Vancouver. Finally, she completed a fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis at the University of British Columbia. Her interests include: quality improvement for enhanced patient care and symptomatic management for patients with Multiple Sclerosis.
- Dr. Virginia Devonshire
Dr. Virginia Devonshire is the Director of the UBC MS/NMO Clinic and the University of Northern BC MS Clinic. She is also the Co-Director of the UBC MS/NMO Clinical Trials group, where she has been Principal Investigator on numerous trials. She has published in various areas of MS therapeutics, the natural history of MS and pregnancy in MS. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia and Director of the MS Fellowship program and involved in resident and medical school teaching and mentorship. She is a full time Neurologist with staff privileges and responsibilities at the Vancouver and UBC Hospitals. She is the current President of the Canadian Network of MS Clinics.