Mount Sinai MS Experts Earn Hope Award

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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has granted its 2021 Hope Award to two multiple sclerosis (MS) experts at Mount Sinai Health System for their clinical ingenuity and significant research contributions that have uplifted individuals, families and communities affected with the chronic condition.

Aaron Miller, MD, professor of neurology and medical director of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson center, and Fred Lublin, MD, Saunders family professor of neurology and director of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson center for MS at Mount Sinai were the award recipients.

They were honored the National MS Society’s annual Dinner of Champions, which took place Sept.13 at the Edison Ballroom Rooftop in New York.

“Lublin and Miller are both outstanding clinician-researchers and educators, who have each made indelible impacts on our understanding of and treatment for multiple sclerosis,” Barbara Vickrey, MD, said in a press release. Vickrey is a professor and chair of neurology at the Icahn school of medicine at Mount Sinai.

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“Their tireless commitment to MS patients, their families and the education of clinicians who care for this community is exemplary. We are proud and grateful to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for recognizing their excellence with this honor,” Vickrey said.

Lublin is an international expert on the scientific and clinical aspects of MS and a leader in experimental therapies. A neuroimmunologist, Lublin is particularly interested in how the immune system functions in the nervous system, and how immune abnormalities lead to disease.

Lublin also is a member of various professional societies and advisory boards, and served as a chairman of the National MS Society advisory committee on clinical trials for potential MS therapies. He was a chair of the clinical advisory committee of the New York City chapter of the National MS Society and a national board member of the society.

Miller is a distinguished neurologist who has participated in many clinical trials of new treatments for MS. He has held multiple leadership roles throughout his prominent, long-standing career, heading the division of neurology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, for 23 years before becoming medical director of The Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Mount Sinai.

Miller also was a director of the Multiple Sclerosis Care Centre and chief medical officer and chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the National MS Society from October 2002 to 2009. Miller was a past chairman of the professional education committee of the National MS Society and a past president of the Consortium of MS Centres.

“We are thrilled to honor Drs. Aaron Miller and Fred Lublin as the 2021 Hope honorees. As global MS research leaders, they have made landmark contributions to how we diagnose and treat MS and to the development of the disease-modifying treatments that have improved the lives of people with MS,” said Tim Coetzee, PhD, chief advocacy, services and research officer for the National MS Society.

“Through their work at the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Mount Sinai, they have set the standard for delivery of comprehensive, high-quality MS care. Beyond that, they have guided the development of MS specialists who are now leaders in the MS movement and are a source of inspiration and hope for everyone in our movement,” Coetzee added.

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