At Cleveland Clinic Nevada, doctors from the Mellen Program for Multiple Sclerosis focus on addressing physical, emotional, cognitive and rehabilitation needs of the multiple sclerosis (MS) patient and their family members through a team approach. Our program offers state-of-the-art resources to provide the most advanced specialized care, supported by an extensive program of research and education.
Why choose Cleveland Clinic?
Did you know that earlier diagnosis can significantly reduce disability outcomes by starting appropriate therapies as soon as possible? Did you know that 10-30 percent of MS cases are misdiagnosed?
By coming to Cleveland Clinic for treatment when you suspect MS, we can confirm a diagnosis sooner and start appropriate therapy to reduce the risk of future disability. The Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and most comprehensive programs for MS care and research worldwide, managing more than 20,000 patient visits every year. Basic and clinical research conducted at Cleveland Clinic sheds new light on MS every year.
What’s unique about the Mellen Program for Multiple Sclerosis in Las Vegas?
We’re the only comprehensive MS center in Nevada run by fellowship-trained MS specialists and the only National Multiple Sclerosis Society Partner in Care in Nevada.
We also provide a unique resources for Cleveland Clinic MS patients and their care partners. Established by Gloria and Emilio Estefan to honor her father who died of MS, the Fajardo Patient Services Program at Cleveland Clinic Nevada offers patients and families complimentary:
- Transportation to medical appointments at Cleveland Clinic
- Yoga for MS + concurrent patient and family support groups
- Access to dedicated patient services coordinator who helps patients with non-medical issues
Thanks to a robust philanthropy program at Cleveland Clinic Nevada we also offer a number of other caregiver resources.
At its Las Vegas location, Cleveland Clinic has conducted more than 70 trials in MS and other neurological brain disorders.
At Cleveland Clinic Nevada, we’re striving to advance MS treatment from multiple angles, notably:
- Reparative studies: evaluating the possibility of repairing the mechanisms that drive disability such as remyelination
- Clinical trials of novel therapies: offering emerging disease-modifying therapies and symptomatic medicines with unique mechanisms of action for controlling disease activity and symptoms
- Asymptomatic studies: observing the impact of treating people who are still asymptomatic: why do some develop MS while others don’t?
- Duration of treatment: looking at how long patients need to be on a specific treatment while evaluating age as an additional factor; what would be the outcomes following discontinuation?
- Optimizing treatment approaches to reduce disability: evaluating the importance of early high-efficacy treatment compared to traditional approaches
- Comparative effectiveness outcomes: conducting clinical observational research studies to learn how patients comparatively benefit from various FDA-approved treatment strategies
- Health and wellness: creating individualized health and wellness visits to maximize comprehensive care of the entire person living with MS
What We Treat
Multiple sclerosis and other related disorders treated at Cleveland Clinic’s Las Vegas location:
At Cleveland Clinic Nevada, we address multiple sclerosis and myelitis through two important steps:
- Accurate diagnosis
- Expert disease management
Each component — diagnosis and ongoing disease management — requires unique neurological specialization. We have carefully composed our teams to give you the greatest access to the most relevant experts at each step in the continuum of your care.
Our doctors lead the diagnostic aspect of your care; our advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners, physician assistants) lead the disease management aspect of your care. Throughout the course of your care, all members of your neurology team are in ongoing communication within their team and with colleagues across multiple disciplines, collaborating to provide world class comprehensive care for patients, families and care partners..
What to Expect
Get to know our medical team.
- Check-in: Our Patient Service Specialists notify the provider that the patient has arrived and arrange for an escort upstairs to our clinic.
- Welcome: Patients and families are welcomed by our volunteer team and accompanied to the patient care area.
- Electronic Medical Record: We greet the patient and present an electronic questionnaire. Through MyChart, a secure web portal, patients and authorized caregivers may access their health records 24/7 via the Internet.
Testing & Diagnosis
Our neurologists work together to make a diagnosis, drawing on the skills of complementary fields as needed.
- Imaging: State-of-the-art imaging, including a 3-Tesla MRI and PET/CT, provides additional diagnostic certainty.
- Neuropsychology: Board-certified neuropsychologists evaluate the relationship between the brain and behavior.
Our team assesses the full range of patient needs, from physical to psychological. Depending on those individual needs, a patient will be referred to appropriate services.
- Individual & Family Services: A diagnosis of a brain disorder is life-changing for both the patient and the family. No-cost social work, support services and education help families maximize quality of life in the face of new challenges.
- Neurorehabilitation: Our physical, occupational and speech therapy programs are tailored to those experiencing the effects of brain disorders.
Developing New Treatments for the Future
Learn how you can help.
- Clinical Trials: Clinical trials are the only way to find a cure or new treatments for current or future generations. We encourage diversity in participation not only by patients but also by friends and family, because healthy volunteers with normal memory and thinking ability are the most difficult group for us to find. We have conducted 70 trials since 2009.
Multiple sclerosis, myelitis and other related disorders challenge families, who rise to the occasion by becoming care partners for their loved one. Patients rely heavily on their family caregivers, who often suffer tremendous stress, particularly when they lack knowledge and experience.
The team at Cleveland Clinic Nevada recognizes that whether you have been newly diagnosed or have been living with a brain disease for many years, you can be left with a lot of unanswered questions or overwhelmed by ongoing management of the disorder. To help, we now offer our established patients an option to conveniently see a neurology provider online using the Cleveland Clinic Express Care® Online tool.
Enjoy the convenience of seeing a specialist from wherever you choose. If you would like to use Express Care Online for your established patient appointment, please call our office. If you are eligible, our team will schedule your virtual visit and provide details on the visit cost and setup instructions.
Patients in Elko, Nevada now have access to experts in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment via video-conference, thanks to collaboration with our Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Las Vegas location. Timely diagnosis is the first stop to creating an effective treatment program that vastly improves the quality of life of patients with neurological disorders.
Limited access to specialty care often delays early intervention for patients and their caregivers in rural locales.
The physicians and advanced practice clinicians at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health address these factors in a unique way, using videoconferencing technology to connect in local communities and provide memory screening, diagnosis and treatment. Videoconference technology allows for a continuity of care for patients in their own community who would otherwise not have access to high-level specialty care from brain health experts in Las Vegas.
For those in rural communities, the benefits of seeing a Cleveland Clinic medical professional in real-time via telemedicine (videoconference) include:
- Enjoying family support in one's own community
- Avoiding difficult and costly travel
- Accessing earlier diagnosis prior to further disease progression
- Receiving no-cost patient and caregiver education and support
Quality patient care is of utmost importance at Cleveland Clinic. Many of the treatment options offered by our center require multiple evaluations. Scheduling these appointments with the appropriate providers can be challenging to navigate. That is why our staff developed a comprehensive system that walks patients through our care process from the initial phone call to the final evaluation.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Cleveland Clinic’s Las Vegas location, you can expect the following evaluation process:
Step 1: Call our Appointment Schedulers
To schedule an appointment, call 702.483.6000.
Our patient service representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.
Step 2: Patient Registration
When you call to schedule an appointment, our patient service specialist will register you as a new patient to Cleveland Clinic. Please have your basic information, including your address, phone numbers, emergency contacts and current insurance information, available when you call. You will also need a referral from your primary care provider or general neurologist.
Step 3: Verifying Payment Options
We will discuss your payment options, which span commercial insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and cash. You will know prior to your appointment what your estimated cost will be.
Step 4: Identifying the Appropriate Physician and Scheduling the Appointment
Your patient service specialist will ask you a variety of questions in order to schedule you with the appropriate provider. It might also be necessary for your patient service specialist to review your medical history before scheduling the appointment. If this is needed, the schedulers will assist you in obtaining your medical records by contacting your primary care provider with you on the phone.
Once the patient service representative reviews the records, we will schedule you with the appropriate Cleveland Clinic physician. Please bring all reports or current scans, such as MRIs or X-rays, from your current primary care provider to your appointment.
Our office is located in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health - Las Vegas
888 West Bonneville Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106