Robert T Naismith, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology



Board Certifications

  • Neurology - Certified

Related Links


  • Research Liaison for National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2003
  • Wexler Prize and Leonard Prize for Research in Multiple Sclerosis, 2003
  • Resident of the Year Award, Residents 3rd Year Class, 2001-2002


  • Giovannoni G, Naismith RT. Natalizumab to fingolimod washout in patients at risk of PML: When good intentions yield bad outcomes. Neurology. 2014 Apr 8;82(14):1196-7.
  • Wagner JM, Kremer TR, Van Dillen LR, Naismith RT. Plantarflexor Weakness Negatively Impacts Walking in Persons With Multiple Sclerosis More Than Plantarflexor Spasticity. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Feb 28. pii: S0003-9993(14)00137-3.
  • Cross AH, Naismith RT. Established and novel disease-modifying treatments in multiple sclerosis. J Intern Med. 2014 Apr;275(4):350-63.
  • Bourdette D, Naismith RT. BCG vaccine for clinically isolated syndrome and MS: infections and protective immunity. Neurology. 2014 Jan 7;82(1):15-6.
  • Alvarez E, Piccio L, Mikesell RJ, Klawiter EC, Parks BJ, Naismith RT, Cross AH. CXCL13 is a biomarker of inflammation in multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, and other neurological conditions. Mult Scler. 2013 Aug;19(9):1204-8.
  • Naismith RT, Xu J, Klawiter EC, Lancia S, Tutlam NT, Wagner JM, Qian P, Trinkaus K, Song SK, Cross AH. Spinal cord tract diffusion tensor imaging reveals disability substrate in demyelinating disease. Neurology. 2013 Jun 11;80(24):2201-9.
  • Xu J, Shimony JS, Klawiter EC, Snyder AZ, Trinkaus K, Naismith RT, Benzinger TL, Cross AH, Song SK. Improved in vivo diffusion tensor imaging of human cervical spinal cord. Neuroimage. 2013 Feb 15;67:64-76.
  • Cook SD, Dhib-Jalbut S, Dowling P, Durelli L, Ford C, Giovannoni G, Halper J, Harris C, Herbert J, Li D, Lincoln JA, Lisak R, Lublin FD, Lucchinetti CF, Moore W, Naismith RT, Oehninger C, Simon J, Sormani MP. Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging as Well as Clinical Disease Activity in the Clinical Classification of Multiple Sclerosis and Assessment of Its Course: A Report from an International CMSC Consensus Conference, March 5-7, 2010. Int J MS Care. 2012 Fall;14(3):105-14.
  • Qian P, Lancia S, Alvarez E, Klawiter EC, Cross AH, Naismith RT. Association of neuromyelitis optica with severe and intractable pain. Arch Neurol. 2012 Nov;69(11):1482-7.
  • Khanna S, Sharma A, Huecker J, Gordon M, Naismith RT, Van Stavern GP. Magnetic resonance imaging of optic neuritis in patients with neuromyelitis optica versus multiple sclerosis. J Neuroophthalmol. 2012 Sep;32(3):216-20.
  • Klawiter EC, Xu J, Naismith RT, Benzinger TL, Shimony JS, Lancia S, Snyder AZ, Trinkaus K, Song SK, Cross AH. Increased radial diffusivity in spinal cord lesions in neuromyelitis optica compared with multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler. 2012 Sep;18(9):1259-68.
  • Naismith RT, Xu J, Tutlam NT, Lancia S, Trinkaus K, Song SK, Cross AH. Diffusion tensor imaging in acute optic neuropathies: predictor of clinical outcomes. Arch Neurol. 2012 Jan;69(1):65-71.
  • Naismith RT. Multiple sclerosis therapeutic strategies: Start safe and effective, reassess early, and escalate if necessary. Neurol Clin Pract. 2011 Dec;1(1):69-72. No abstract available.
  • Klawiter EC, Schmidt RE, Trinkaus K, Liang HF, Budde MD, Naismith RT, Song SK, Cross AH, Benzinger TL. Radial diffusivity predicts demyelination in ex vivo multiple sclerosis spinal cords. Neuroimage. 2011 Apr 15;55(4):1454-60.
  • Klawiter EC, Benzinger T, Roy A, Naismith RT, Parks BJ, Cross AH. Spinal cord ring enhancement in multiple sclerosis. Arch Neurol. 2010 Nov;67(11):1395-8.