The Maxine Mesinger Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital opened September 9, 2003, in Houston. The new clinic is designed to give patients unique access to care from a variety of specialists and medical staff, including neurologists, gynecologists, urologists, physical therapists and social workers.
The clinic is part of the Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Center, a joint effort that focuses on clinical care, basic and clinical research and outreach for multiple sclerosis.
The new clinic is named in honor of the late Houston Chronicle society columnist Maxine Mesinger, who had the disease and was an active fundraiser for multiple sclerosis-related causes until her death in 2001.
The clinic offers unique access to MS research studies conducted at Baylor and Methodist. Current research open to MS patients includes stem cell transplantation and national trials testing new MS drugs.
Patients from outside the United States will benefit from the clinic's area for international patients, where staff members facilitate travel arrangements to the clinic and coordinate care with the patient's treating physician. The clinic also features multilingual physicians and personnel and maintains close ties with MS Associations in Latin America. Dr. Victor Rivera established the Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital International Multiple Sclerosis Center in 1996.
The Methodist Hospital's neurology department is ranked #11 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The clinic is one of two Centers of Excellence in Texas affiliated with and partially funded by the Lone Star Chapter of the National MS Society.
The 4,000-square foot clinic is located on the first floor of the Neurosensory building of Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital, 6501 Fannin. The clinic features seven exam rooms and facilities for social services, international patients, physical therapy and research.
FKP Architects designed the clinic based on input from patients with multiple sclerosis.
The Center provides:
- comprehensive patient care
- specialized nursing care
- social service assistance
- neuropsychological assessments and psychotherapy support
- access to genetic and cell biology research
- close collaboration with Clinical Immunology
- access to state-of-the-art neurophysiological studies
- cooperative studies with Baylor College of Medicine's section of Audiology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences
- direct linkage with the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- international link with chapters of the International Federation of MS Societies
- multilingual physicians and ancillary personnel
- information center for new treatments and current research
- links with MS Associations in Latin America
For more information on the Maxine Mesinger MS Clinic of Baylor College of Medicine at The Methodist Hospital, please call the Methodist Physician Referral & Health Information Line at 713-790-3333.