Dedicated to providing world-class care, the UCLA Multiple Sclerosis (MS) care team is available between patient clinic visits to address concerns and provide advice, either through phone or electronic communication. As MS changes or progresses, the UCLA MS team will be with its patients every step of the way.
Barbara Giesser, MD is a professor emeritus of Clinical Neurology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the clinical director of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Program at UCLA. She has been specializing in MS patient care since 1982 and is internationally recognized for her clinical expertise. Dr. Giesser works closely with the MS program nurse practitioner and other healthcare professionals to provide a comprehensive assessment of MS patients and prescribe a treatment plan that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach and is individually tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs. Dr. Giesser’s leadership was central to establishing the UCLA Department of Neurology outpatient MS clinic as a designated Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She has led innovative exercise-related clinical trials in MS and has written and lectured internationally on the importance of wellness strategies in the disease management of persons with MS. Dr. Giesser is nationally renowned as an educator of healthcare professionals as well as the general public.
Kirstin Nygren, MSN, NP, MSCN, a nurse practitioner with advanced training and expertise in MS, is responsible for the evaluation of and care for patients in the outpatient MS clinic. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the UCLA School of Nursing, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse. Ms. Nygren evaluates and manages patients in the clinic, assists patients between visits, coordinates their treatment in the MS Program at UCLA, facilitates their access to necessary resources, and ensures decreased wait times for appointments. She also monitors their responses to and side effects from the most advanced disease-modifying treatment regimens and educates patients about these treatments. Additionally, she provides crucial education on lifestyle choices that can impact MS.
Kevin Patel, MD is a specialist in multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica and other neuroimmunological disorders with research interests in advanced imaging.
Eric Williamson, MD, PhD, joined the UCLA faculty as an associate professor in 2019 and he also serves as director of the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital's MS Center of Excellence. He earned his medical school degree from the Ohio State University's College of Medicine in 2007 and thereafter pursued a residency at the University of Chicago before completing a neuroimmunology fellowship at the University of Southern California and then serving on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. While Dr. Williamson’s primary focus is patient care, he is also intimately involved in trials and clinical research efforts to better treat patients with Multiple Sclerosis, serving as an investigator and examiner in a number of research studies. He has particular interest and expertise in conditions such as neuromyelitis optica, transverse myelitis, and infectious central nervous system diseases. Dr. Williamson's research interests have helped to better characterize and examining the potential risks and benefits of neuro-immune therapies. He has and continues to conduct research, lecture on, and write about a number of topics related to Multiple Sclerosis - including infections encountered in demyelinating disease, vaccinations in MS, and the use of monoclonal antibodies and other novel therapies in central nervous system illness.
Callene Momtazee, MD, specializes in multiple sclerosis patient care and provides MS expertise in consultative, diagnostic and management services at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. She has particular interest in neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a variant of MS. Dr. Momtazee also provides robust service in training resident neurologists, and has been honored with formal teaching recognition for her efforts.