About the MS program at Ohio State
The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Neuroimmunology Division within the Department of Neurology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the most advanced and comprehensive centers for MS care and research in the United States. We’ve brought together world-renowned clinicians, scientists and educators who specialize in MS and related diseases, becoming a destination for patients, as well as for physicians, learners and researchers, from well beyond central Ohio.
We offer the latest disease-modifying therapies, symptomatic treatments and rehabilitative interventions with the goals of preventing relapses and slowing or halting neurological decline. These clinical innovations are only strengthened by a robust research portfolio that includes fundamental studies on the causes of MS and investigator initiated clinical trials of innovative therapies, conducted by a faculty ardently committed to training the next generation of MS specialists and neuroimmunologists.
Set up an appointment for your patient
Refer by phone
Speak with our MS scheduling team at 614-366-3744.
Refer by paper form (fax)
- Complete our single-page Universal Referral Form located at wexnermedical.osu.edu/referralform.
- Fax the referral form and clinical documentation to 614-293-6111.
After we have received your fax, we’ll contact your patient directly to schedule an appointment and send you confirmation of your patient’s appointment for your records.
Refer online with CareLink
If you’re an Ohio State CareLink user, you can refer your patients online at wexnermedical.osu.edu/carelink. CareLink is Ohio State’s web-based program that provides real-time, HIPAA-protected access to all electronic health records. It provides prompt communication of the patient’s diagnosis, medications, test results and treatment plan, and allows you to place orders for tests and send referrals electronically.
Not a CareLink user? Visit wexnermedical.osu.edu/carelink to enroll today. If you have any questions during any part of the referral process or about the status of your patient, please call our referral specialists at 614-293-4326.
Care is coordinated among a multidisciplinary team with specialized knowledge and experience in MS and neuroimmunology. Collaboration strengthens our approach. Depending on the needs of individual patients, the clinical care team may include a neurologist, pharmacist, nurse practitioner, infusion nurse, social worker, neuropsychologist, neuroradiologist, sleep and fatigue specialist, urologist, physical/occupational therapist, speech therapist, psychiatrist and ophthalmologist.
The latest diagnostic tools inform more effective and targeted treatment plans. This includes 3 Tesla MRI, optical coherence tomography, evoked potential tests and rapid onsite laboratory analysis of blood and cerebrospinal fluids. A dedicated network of clinical trial coordinators and internationally recognized research labs studying the pathogenesis of MS and related conditions keep the team at the forefront of medical innovation and knowledge. These efforts are facilitated by a state-of-the- art biorepository with integrated database.
Daily collaboration and active engagement with medical students, neurology residents and MS fellows challenge the entire team to keep informed about the latest clinical advancements and research findings.
We offer an internationally prominent MS research laboratory program investigating the pathogenesis of MS and exploring novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets to increase the accuracy of diagnosis and drive the discovery of superior and safer treatments.
The program is supported by Benjamin Segal, MD, chair of the Department of Neurology, along with an associate professor, six assistant professors and two postdoctoral fellows, as well as a team of technicians and graduate students.
Congratulations to the Multiple Sclerosis Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for receiving the Philanthropic Partner in Care Award from the MS Society.
The Philanthropic Partner in Care Award honors leaders in the MS movement that are going above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of people with multiple sclerosis. The Philanthropic Partner in Care is a representative of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and reflects the organization’s values, ideals, objectives and mission to stop the progression of disease, restore lost functionality, and end MS forever. The Philanthropic Partner in Care brings status, inspiration and motivation to the event. The Philanthropic Partner in Care actively engages with the MS Society and community at large. The Philanthropic Partner in Care Awardee, if it is a health system, should be a registered Partner in Care with the National MS Society. The awardee also should be involved in multiple facets of the National MS Society, including but not limited to: Advocacy, Community awareness, Funding the mission, and Leadership roles within the Society.
Centers and Specialty Clinics
MS and Neuroimmunology Center
MS Multidisciplinary Symptoms Management Clinic
Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue and Sleep Disorder Clinic
Multiple Sclerosis Psychotherapy Clinic
Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Clinic
Multiple Sclerosis Care Team
Benjamin Segal, MD
Dr. Segal is an international thought leader in multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, he serves as the chair of Neurology and director of the Neuroscience Research Institute. Dr. Segal is a director of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS), an academic organization that fosters MS education and research worldwide. In addition to seeing patients, he leads a team of researchers dedicated to increasing our understanding of MS and discovering new treatments. Dr. Segal has published over 100 original articles on MS and related disorders in high-impact, peer reviewed journals. He is the recipient of the prestigious National Multiple Sclerosis Society Harry Weaver Scholar Award and a Public Health Services Commendation Medal from the National Institutes of Health.
Tirisham Gyang, MD
Dr. Gyang specializes in multiple sclerosis and related neuro-immunological disorders of the brain and spinal cord and has particular interest in experimental therapeutics, clinical trials and medical education. She is passionate about empowering patients with personalized interdisciplinary clinical care, quality education and clinical research. She completed her training in clinical multiple sclerosis and experimental therapeutics from University of Rochester Medical Center as a scholar of the National MS Society. She is a board certified neurologist and an active member of multiple professional societies.
Emily Harrington, MD, PhD
Dr. Harrington is a physician scientist who specializes in the care and treatment of multiple sclerosis patients. They are particularly interested in finding better treatments for progressive multiple sclerosis and enhancing myelin repair with the hopes of preventing disability and neurodegeneration. Dr. Harrington obtained their medical and graduate training at the University of California San Francisco and their multiple sclerosis fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Harrington is originally from Kansas City. They are excited to be a part of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s multiple sclerosis team.
Yinan Zhang, MD
Dr. Zhang recently joined the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center from New York City, where he received his fellowship training in MS at the prestigious Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis in the Mount Sinai Health System. He completed his medical school and neurology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in his hometown of Dallas. Dr. Zhang values getting to know his patients over time and finding the best treatment strategies for each person’s unique needs and disease characteristics. His research focuses on aging and MS, including how biological changes during aging contribute to evolution of the disease. Dr. Zhang enjoys spending his free time with his family and building custom Lego creations.
Meena Khan, MD
Dr. Khan is a neurologist and associate professor of Clinical Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is the program director for the Sleep Medicine Fellowship program as well as co-director of the annual Ohio State Sleep Symposium.
Her clinical interests center on sleep in neurological disease. She manages the sleep medicine neuromodulation program for sleep disordered breathing and has a clinic specifically devoted to sleep issues in those with multiple sclerosis.
Kristi Epstein, MSN, APRN-CNP, CCRN
Kristi has over 20 years of experience in the medical field and maintains a special certification in critical care. She has been with the Department of Neurology for over five years. Clinical interests include the MS Quality of Life (QOL) Clinic, which focuses on diet, exercise and lifestyle modification to improve QOL for MS patients. QOL Clinic screening tools can help direct appropriate referrals for comprehensive care of complex patients in our MS Multidisciplinary Symptomatic Clinic. Kristi’s other interests include pregnancy planning for MS patients, MS disease education and clinical research.
Margaret Hansen, RPh
Clinical Specialty Pharmacist
Dr. Hansen is a clinical pharmacist who joined the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Neurology Department in 2019. She sees patients for baseline screening and education prior to starting or switching to a new MS disease-modifying therapy, and provides the ongoing lab safety monitoring. Dr. Hansen obtained a PharmD from the University of Kansas and graduated with distinction. She completed ASHP-accredited residency training in Pharmacy Practice at Prisma Health in Columbia, South Carolina, and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver, Colorado. Her clinical interests within the MS clinic include women’s health, tobacco cessation and improving immunization rates.
Stephanie Kielb, PhD
Vicki Kascsak, RN
Katsuri Ganesh Barki
Grace Schaffner, DPT, PT
Outpatient Rehabilitation Program Coordinator for Multiple Sclerosis