Dean M. Wingerchuk, M.D.

  1. Neurologist



  1. Phoenix, Arizona



Dean M. Wingerchuk, M.D., is a neurologist and clinical epidemiologist with specialty expertise in neuroimmunology. He is the director of the Mayo Clinic Division of Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology.

His clinical focus includes:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMO/NMOSD; Devic's disease)
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Optic neuritis
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Myelopathies (spinal cord syndromes)
  • Other CNS inflammatory diseases

Dr. Wingerchuk is the principal investigator for several research trials of treatments of both neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis, and he studies diagnosis, symptoms and outcomes of these diseases. Dr. Wingerchuk is also active in medical student and resident education and is the director of the Mayo Clinic Arizona Evidence-Based Research, Training, and Informatics (MERIT) Center, which focuses on teaching and application of evidence-based medicine principles to neurological clinical practice and research.

  1. Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
  2. Demyelinating disease
  3. Multiple sclerosis
  4. Myelopathy
  5. Neuromyelitis optica
  6. Transverse myelitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuromyelitis optica (Devic's disease)
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Opticospinal forms of multiple sclerosis
  • ADEM (Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis)
  • Myelopathy
  • Health research methodology
  • Clinical outcome measure research
  • Evidence-based clinical practice, education, and curriculum design
  • Systemic reviews and meta-analyses
  1. 2000
    MSc - Health Research Methodology and Clinical EpidemiologyMcMaster University
  2. 2000
    Fellow - Clinical Neuroimmunology/Multiple SclerosisUniversity of Western Ontario
  3. 1998
    Fellow - Clinical NeuroimmunologyMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 1997
    Resident - NeurologyMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. 1994
    Resident - Preliminary Internal MedicineMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  6. 1993
    MD - with Great DistinctionUniversity of Saskatchewan
  7. 1992
    BScMD - Thesis: Effects of acute (-)-deprenyl administration on dopamine metabolism in an animal model of Parkinson's disease. Advisors: AV Juorio, PhD; IA Paterson, PhD; AH Rajput, MDNeuropsychiatric Research Unit, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  8. 1992
    BSc - Magna cum laudeUniversity of Saskatchewan


  1. 1998
    NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Research activities

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