The new Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence opened Tuesday, built on a concept of combining bedside treatment with laboratory research.
The center is designed to treat thousands of patients in Oklahoma and the region who have symptoms that may include the inability to walk, blindness and paralysis. It is in the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation's new seven-floor research tower at 825 NE 13.
The MS center will be headed by Gabriel Pardo, M.D., a neurologist and neuro-ophthalmologist who has specialized in treating MS patients for more than a decade. He said the center will allow an opportunity for top-notch MS scientists and doctors to work together to fight the baffling disease of the central nervous system.
“We meet in the middle. I bring my ideas from the bedside; they bring ideas from the lab side to brainstorm together,” he said.
Patients will be seen in technologically advanced examination rooms.
They will be treated in a specially designed infusion suite, ophthalmological and dental areas, and a physical therapy area with equipment designed just for MS patients.
“This is history-making time in MS. This is when things are happening. We're understanding a lot of things and coming up with better strategies. What better than to be part of history making?” Pardo said.