Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (optic nerves, brain and spinal cord). It causes damage to the axons (nerve fibers) and myelin (fatty substance insulating the axons), which can result in vision loss, weakness, numbness, cognitive changes, fatigue, pain, depression, and difficulty walking.  

Programs + Services


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Adult Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division at Tufts MC in Boston offers expert, personalized care for people with disabilities and severe injuries.
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Tufts MC Neurology- Framingham

Tufts Medical Center Neurology is expanding services to Framingham.
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Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

Our Multiple Sclerosis Clinic provides comprehensive care for MS, neuromyelitis optica, sjogren's syndrome, lupus, central nervous system sarcoidosis, and Lyme disease.
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Doctors + Care Team

The Multiple Sclerosis clinic at Tufts MC has fellowship and board certified care team members.
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Doctors + Care Team

Yosbelkys Martin-Paez, MD

Yosbelkys Martin-Paez, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Ophthalmologist; Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4604
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Neuro-ophthalmology, medical retina, retinal imaging, visual electrophysiology, optic nerve imaging and tomography

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Ariel Savitz, MD

Ariel Savitz, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Adult Physiatrist
Department(s): Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Appt. Phone: 781-935-5050
Fax #:

Spasticity management, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor, hemorrhagic stroke, metabolic encephalopathy, seizure disorders, T’ai Chi and rehabilitation, integrative medicine

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Kristen Babinski, MD, PhD

Kristen Babinski, MD, PhD

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Neurologist; Assistant Professor, TUSM
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5848
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology

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Rina M. Bloch, MD

Rina M. Bloch, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Adult Physiatrist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5631
Fax #: 617-636-2551

Adult and geriatric rehabilitation, musculoskeletal, brain injury, stroke, rheumatological management, spine care

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Research + Clinical Trials


Exploring the safety and tolerability of conversion from oral or injectable disease modifying therapies to dosetitrated Oral Siponimod in patients with advancing forms of relapsing multiple sclerosis: A 6-month open label, multicenter Phase IIIb study (EXCHANGE)

The purpose of this study is to assess early phase safety and tolerability of transitioning patients from approved oral and injectable RMS DMTs to siponimod. The results of this study will guide clinically relevant decisions related to the transition from frequently used RMS DMTs to siponimod and provide clinically relevant data on safety and tolerability for healthcare providers who are considering transitioning patients from currently approved RMS DMT to siponimod. The primary objective is to evaluate overall safety and tolerability profile of siponimod in advancing RMS patients (including a broader population that had not been previously studied with siponimod who are converting from currently approved oral or injectable RMS DMT).
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Objective Portable Diagnostics of Neurological Disorders using Visual Evoked Potentials

This study focuses on developing a new portable noninvasive system to aid in the diagnosis of the vision disorders Multiple Sclerosis and Optic Neuritis. This device combines images and patterns using a Head Mounted Display, similar to a virtual reality headset. The system measures brain responses to these images using a form of electroencephalography (EEG), which will give us information about how the brain and eyes communicate and how this may be affected by a vision disorder.
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