Timothy West, MD


Timothy West, MD

Appointed: 2011

Timothy West, MD
Department: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Location: Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Mail Code Las Vegas
888 W. Bonneville
Las Vegas, NV 89106
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Biographical Sketch

Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Dr. West received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He completed his medical degree and Neurology residency at the University of California, San Francisco. After serving as Chief Neurology Resident he stayed on to complete a fellowship in clinical neuroimmunology that was funded by the National MS Society.

Dr. West is very involved in clinical research and has experience running clinical trials within an MS Center. He has published original articles on Multiple Sclerosis relating to the safety of therapeutics and the clinical predictors within the early stages of the disease. His research interests are focused on improving patient outcomes and the development of novel therapeutics in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

Aside from research, Dr. West has a great passion for teaching and has taught within the medical school at UC San Francisco for the past three years. He frequently participates in patient education programs and is very committed to providing comprehensive care for patients with Multiple Sclerosis. As such, part of his clinical fellowship included special training in neuro-urology, spasticity management and neurodiagnostics.

Published Articles:

West TW, Killestein J, Fox RJ. Natalizumab discontinuation: an increasingly tricky proposition. Eur J Neurol. 2011 Nov, Epub ahead of print

West TW, Cree BAC. Is there a role for planned natalizumab dosage suspension in mitigating progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy risk? Neurodegen. Dis. Manage. 2011; 1(1):11-14

West TW, Cree BAC. Natalizumab dosage interruption: are we helping or hurting? Ann Neurol, 2010 Sep;68(3):395-9.

Johnson ECB, West T, Ko N, Strober J. A 41-Year-Old Man with New Headache and Altered Mental Status. Neurohospitalist, Jan 2011

T West, BS, M Wyatt, MS, A High, AB, A Bostrom, PhD and E Waubant, MD, PhD "Are initial demyelinating event recovery and time to second event under differential control?" Neurology 2006;67:809-813

Lephart, E.D., T.W. West, K.S. Weber, R.W. Rhees, K.D.R. Setchell, H. Adlercreutz, T.D. Lund. "Neurobehavioral Effects of Dietary Soy Phytoestrogens." Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 2002, 24: 1-12.

T.D. Lund, T.W. West, L.Y. Tian, L.H. Bu, D.L. Simmons, K.D.R. Setchell, H. Adlercreutz and E.D. Lephart. "Visual Spatial Memory is Enhanced in Females (but not in males) by Dietary Soy Phytoestrogens." BMC Neuroscience, 2001, 2:20 (1-19).

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Multiple Sclerosis/Neuroimmunology
San Francisco, CA USA
Residency - University of California San Francisco Medical Center
San Francisco, CA USA
Internship - University of Utah Health Sciences Center
Internal Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT usa
Medical School - University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA USA
Undergraduate - Brigham Young University
Provo, UT USA


  • Neurology

Specialty Interests

Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica, Transverse Myelitis, Neuroimmunology


American Academy of Neurology

Treatment & Services

  • Consultation, Evaluation, And Treatment Adult Neurological Disorders
  • Neurourology

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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