Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
University of Vermont Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship
The University of Vermont has had a long-standing interest in multiple sclerosis, beginning in the 1950's when Dr. George Schumacher, Chairman of the Department of Neurology, led the first effort to develop criteria for the diagnosis of MS.
The next Chairman, Dr. Charles Poser was equally well known for his work in MS and other demyelinating diseases of the CNS. This interest was sparked and sustained by the prevalence of MS in Vermont and adjacent Upstate New York, estimated as among the highest in the world.
The MS Center of Northern New England was re-established in 2001, under the leadership of Dr. Hillel Panitch, with the intention of developing a comprehensive MS Center, making the latest forms of treatment available to the patient population, and conducting clinical trials of innovative forms of therapy for MS patients in all stages of the illness.
The Center serves approximately 1,000 MS patients in Vermont and New York State, of whom 600-800 are followed on a regular basis, and has participated in several clinical trials over the past two years. Additional studies are currently in the planning stages in collaboration with other MS Centers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Center is affiliated with the Vermont Divison of the National MS Society and the Consortium of MS Centers.
Clinical services are provided by a team of neurologists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurses, and clinical trial coordinators working within the Department of Neurology and the Neurology Service of Fletcher Allen. Services include diagnostic consultation, second opinions, long-term followup management, education programs, training in administration of disease-modifying drugs, a spasticity clinic for patients receiving intrathecal therapy, other forms of symptomatic therapy, and an IV infusion program. The Center works closely with neuroradiology, neurosurgery, neuro-ophthalmology, physical therapy, rehabilitation services, and home nursing agencies to provide a broad range of patient care.
Angela Applebee, M.D.