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2014 Regional
MS Summit

Jointly sponsored by EvergreenHealth and the National MS Society, Greater Northwest Chapter.

The National MS Society's annual continuing medical education conference will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, WA. This is the premiere MS-focused conference in the region, attracting an audience of neurologists, physiatrists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants involved in the search for answers to the complex questions of multiple sclerosis.

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Address: Bell Harbor Conference Center - 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
CME: 6.5 Category 1 CME credits
Cost: $50 reg fee covers the entire conference inclu meals, parking, and CME


"Current Understanding of Progressive MS and Future Directions"
Jeffrey A. Cohen, MD
Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Director, Experimental Therapeutics Program
Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research
Neurological Institute
Cleveland Clinic


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Elements, Criteria, and Standards of Accreditation of the Washington State Medical Association CME Accreditation Committee through the partnership of EvergreenHealth and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter.

EvergreenHealth, a Washington State Medical Association accredited sponsor, designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.5 hours in Category I to satisfy the re-licensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

EvergreenHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Regional MS Summit is designed for neurologists, physiatrists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specifically focus on treatment of multiple sclerosis in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The education course has been designed with the goal to increase knowledge in health care providers regarding both basic underlying concepts as well as symptom management for MS with the ultimate goal to optimize patient management and outcome. Case presentations will allow discussion of treatment plans that are controversial and/or difficult.


Jeffrey Cohen, MD
Cleveland Clinic

Estelle Bettelli, PhD
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason

Pavle Repovic, MD, PhD
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Gary Stobbe, MD
University of Washington Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Center

Mariko Kita, MD
Virginia Mason Multiple Sclerosis Center

Lily Jung Henson, MD, MMM, FAAN, Chair
Annette Wundes, MD, co-Chair

Joshua Knappenberger, MD
Hilary Lipe, CNRN, ARNP
Angeli Mayadev, MD
Steven Pugh, MD
Pavle Repovic, MD, PhD

Participants are invited to submit cases for panel discussion during the program. We are looking for challenging cases that are deemed either controversial or difficult.

Please note your interest in presenting a case on your registration form. You will be contacted for further information. A committee will review all submissions and selected case presenters will be notified by email.


  • Describe progressive disease and management opportunities for people living with progressive MS.
  • Discuss the latest theories of the immunology of MS.
  • List the manifestations of cognitive dysfunction in MS and discuss strategies for optimal management to improve patient outcome.
  • Review evidence-based choices of DMD's for specific patient categories.
  • Discuss the diagnostic criteria for transverse myelitides and available therapeutic options.

Feedback about the Regional MS Summit from previous participants:
"Non-bias, scientifically validated"
"Very useful for my daily practice."
"Commercial free, honest discussion."
"Great to have so many MS minds in one room."
"Excellent focus on clinical applications of research and evidence-based medicine."
"The presenters did a very thorough job reviewing literature and were willing to share their personal approaches."
"All usable information, variety of topics."
"One of the BEST conferences I've attended."

Our ultimate goal in educating and partnering with healthcare professionals is to enhance the access and quality of care available to people living with MS.