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Oregon Health & Science University - Dr. Dennis Bourdette M.D. FAAN

Chair and Roy and Eulalia Swank Family Research Professor


Executive Director, Oregon Health & Science University Multiple Sclerosis Center


Co-Director, Department of Veterans Affairs MS Center of Excellence-West Portland VA Medical Center





Dr. Dennis Bourdette, MD, is Chair and Roy & Eulalia Swank Family Research Professor of the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), as well as the Executive Director of the OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center. In 2001 Dr. Bourdette also became Co-Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence-West (MSCoE-West) which is one of two national MS Centers of Excellence established by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Bourdette graduated with a medical degree from at the University of California at Davis and received his B.A. in Biology from the University of California at San Diego. He joined OHSU as a resident in the Department of Neurology, OHSU in 1982. While completing a Neuroimmunology Fellowship at the Portland VA Medical Center, he founded the MS Center of Oregon in 1984. Dr. Bourdette has become nationally recognized for his important discoveries in the field of multiple sclerosis. As a medical leader he directs a team dedicated to curing and treating MS. Also a visionary, he is part of a strong and important mission to improve health through neurological research. Dr. Bourdette is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

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