MS Center Overview

Comprehensive Care at The John L. Trotter MS Center

MS is a disease that attacks the central nervous system (brain, optic nerves and spinal cord). Thus it can cause a wide variety of symptoms which vary from patient to patient, including problems with strength, walking, vision, bladder and bowel control, pain, balance, depression, memory and other cognitive problems, and seizures. There are now ten FDA-approved medications that can alter the course of MS for the better, several of which require close monitoring for safety. A multitude of other medications and therapies exist to help with symptoms of MS. The best care for MS patients demands a specialized team approach. Our physicians (Drs. Cross, Parks, Naismith, Wu, Longbrake), physician assistant (Megan Orchard) and nurse (Cathie) are highly trained specialists in MS and related diseases. Collectively we have over 80 years of experience treating MS patients! We also work closely with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The John L. Trotter MS Center at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital was established by Dr. Trotter (one of the first dedicated MS specialists in the U.S., 1943-2001) and is unique in the St. Louis area in that we perform research at the basic level ranging from cell culture studies to clinical trials. We are unique in that we perform clinical trials devised by our own investigators (“investigator initiated”), as well as funded by pharmaceutical companies. Our research is funded by outside peer-reviewed agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National MS Society, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Researchers and neurologists from the Trotter MS Center are asked to speak around the world at meetings related to MS. We are on the “cutting-edge” of MS care and research.

Outpatient Facilities

Our outpatient services are provided at three different sites: the Center for Advanced Medicine (6th floor), at the corner of Forest Park Parkway and Euclid Avenue, the McMillan Building (lower level) at 517 S. Euclid Ave, St. Louis MO, 63110, and at Barnes-Jewish West County Center at Olive Blvd and North Mason Road, Medical Office Bldg 1, St. Louis, MO 63141.

On the unusual occasion when our patients require inpatient admission, patients are hospitalized at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University. This renowned neurology facility provides comprehensive services, including a 20-bed, state-of-the-art intensive care unit. Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been continually rated among the top ten in the nation for many years.

The John L. Trotter MS Center recognizes its responsibility to provide for the medically indigent and underinsured, a long standing tradition at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University. We hold a weekly MS Clinic for underinsured MS patients, which is supported by a grant from the local Gateway Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Patients attending this clinic are all seen by a faculty MS specialist and receive the same level of care as all of our MS patients.