Barry G.W. Arnason, MD

James Nelson & Anna Louise Raymond Professor of Neurology

Patient Calls: 773-702-6222
Fax: 773-702-9060

Dr. Barry Arnason is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis, autoimmune neuropathies, and myasthenia gravis. His clinical interests also include facial nerve problems, Guillain-Barre syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia, and Bell's palsy. Dr. Arnason sees several thousand patients per year--many are national and international referrals.

Dr. Arnason's research focuses on immune cell function in multiple sclerosis. His laboratory is looking at the role of certain immune cells, including T suppressor cells, IFN-secreting cells, and NK cells. He is also exploring the protective effect of pregnancy in multiple sclerosis. Dr. Arnason shares with Dr. Ewa Chelmicka-Schorr an interest in nervous system immune system interaction.

In addition, Dr. Arnason is overseeing clinical trials of several medications for multiple sclerosis: beta-interferon, retinoic acid, and copaxone

Education & Training
  • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Internship: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • M.D.: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Board Certification
  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
Clinical Interests
  • Neurology
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Facial nerve problems
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Neuropathies
  • Bell's palsy
  • Myasthenia gravis
Research Interests
  • Immune cell function in multiple sclerosis
  • The roles of T suppressor cells
  • The roles of IFN-secreting cells
  • The roles of NK cells
  • The basis for the protective effect of pregnancy in MS
Selected Publications