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Converging on MS

A group of local doctors is forming an innovative treatment-and-research hub for multiple sclerosis, a mysterious, debilitating disease that, on a per capita basis, afflicts more people in Washington than in any other state.

The newly formed not-for-profit MS Hub plans to serve MS patients in a five-state region that includes Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii.
If it opens as planned in July, in a 40,000-square-foot clinic in Seattle's Metropolitan Park office complex near South Lake Union, it will be the largest such MS center in the world, said founding neurologist Craig Smith.

More here.

Craig runs a small clinic in Anchorage, no wonder it's been hard to get an appointment with him.

More info on MS and the Pacific Northwest:
Northwest research centers among leaders in unraveling mystery of MS
VA funds Northwest center to battle MS

"This is a great opportunity to improve care for 50,000 veterans in the U.S. who have multiple sclerosis," said Dr. Dennis Bourdette, co-director for the new MS Center of Excellence West. Bourdette also is a staff neurologist at the Portland VAMC, interim chair of the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University and co-director of the MS Center of Oregon.

March 4, 2004 in alaska, diagnosis, economy, follow the money..., treatment | Permalink