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Multiple Sclerosis

Norton Neuroscience Institute provides expanded care for patients with multiple sclerosis in Greater Louisville. Dedicated providers offer comprehensive care, enhanced patient resources, and support services all in one centralized location. These services are available primarily on the Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital campus.

MS is the most common neurological disorder among young adults, with most being diagnosed between ages 20 and 50. This progressively degenerative neurological disease affects nearly 5,000 Kentuckians and has profound physical, mental, emotional, social and financial effects on their lives. Approximately 15,000 individuals with MS live in the Ohio Valley region

Dedicated patient care
Robert Tillett Jr., M.D., is a board-certified neurologist specializing in MS care as well as all types of general neurology-related diseases and disorders. He has been treating patients in Louisville and the surrounding area for more than 31 years and is one of the co-founders of the Louisville Comprehensive Care Multiple Sclerosis Center, which opened in 2005. Dr. Tillett serves as the medical co-director of The MS Center.

Roy J. Meckler, M.D., FAAN, worked as a neurologist with Louisville Neurology Associates for more than 30 years. Dr. Meckler is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where he subsequently finished his neurology residency. Dr. Meckler is a Harvard fellow, completing his fellowship training in neuro-pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is a fellow of the North American Ophthalmology Society and is board certified in neurology.

Jenifer Patterson, R.N., MSN, APRN, MSCN, is an MS-certified nurse practitioner with five years of experience treating MS patients. In addition, she serves on several advisory boards and National Multiple Sclerosis Society committees.

Thanks to Norton Neuroscience Institute, MS patients have convenient access to these specialized providers, as well as diagnostic services, infusion therapy services and clinical interventions all located all on the third floor in Norton Medical Plaza 2 - St. Matthews.

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Robert S. Tillett Jr., M.D., the neurologist in charge of clinical research studies for multiple sclerosis (MS) at Norton Neuroscience Institute, says these are exciting days in the treatment of this autoimmune disease. And he says MS patients in Greater Louisville are the ones who’ll benefit.

Enhanced patient resources

The MS Center, a nationally recognized MS Center of Excellence, has received a portion of $2 million in support for MS services over five years from Norton Healthcare. This funding allows The MS Center to expand its support services as well as its educational, therapeutic and exercise programs to individuals and families living with MS. Located just down the hall from Dr. Tillett's office, The MS Center continues its mission as a nonprofit organization focused exclusively on social services for individuals living with MS and their children, families and caregivers. The MS Center is not affiliated with any national MS organization. All funds raised by The MS Center remain in Greater Louisville.

The MS Center helps patients address all aspects of disease management through a wide range of services and programs, including:

  • Accredited seminars for the medical community
  • Mental health support services for individuals, families and couples
  • Social services provided by certified social case workers specializing in MS
  • Information on new trends in treatment
  • Access to groundbreaking clinical trials
  • Nutrition and exercise programs
  • Monthly professionally led men's, women's and caregiver's support groups
  • Resource library
  • Local advocacy and activism programs
  • A variety of therapeutic workshops (e.g., Self-Discovery Through Journaling)
  • Social events (e.g., bowling parties and Women's MS Lunch League)
  • Awareness/fundraising activities
  • Free MRIs for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured through MSAA
  • Patient assistance programs

Centralized treatment options

Centralizing physician care and resources on the Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital campus provides patients with easy access to treatment and diagnostic services, including:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography
  • Evoked potential tests - brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP), visual evoked potential (VEP) and sensory evoked potential (SEP)
  • Blood collection and analysis
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Infusion services for intravenous infusions of steroids and other treatments, such as Tysabri

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