Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic's multiple sclerosis experts provide comprehensive care for nearly 3,000 adults and children with multiple sclerosis each year.

  • Teamwork. With an emphasis on collaborative care, specialists interact very closely with their colleagues across all campuses. Mayo Clinic's MS program has earned a national reputation as a top diagnostic and treatment center. The program is recognized for its multidisciplinary approach to patient care as well as for its advanced research into improved medications and other treatments.
  • The latest techniques and technology. At Mayo Clinic, researchers are always working to develop new treatments to improve outcomes for people with MS.

    For example, Mayo Clinic was one of the first clinics to treat MS with interferons. Mayo Clinic also developed plasma exchange and has been successfully using this treatment for more than 20 years.

  • Research. Mayo Clinic experts continually study new diagnostic and treatment options, which they test through clinical trials.

    Mayo Clinic researchers were the first to discover that a certain type of T cell (CD8) plays a critical role in causing nerve damage in MS. This discovery may lead to new drugs to slow or stop that nerve damage.

    Learn more about this research at the Mayo Clinic Multiple Sclerosis Laboratory and the Center for Multiple Sclerosis and CNS Demyelinating Diseases.

  • Nationally recognized expertise. The Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is recognized as a Pediatric MS Center of Excellence by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.