Published March 21, 2018
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) has given its Impact Award to Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, professor of neurology, a widely known leading expert on multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults and children.
The society describes the award as one given to a “business or individual whose leadership ensures those with MS live their best lives.”
As executive director of the New York State Multiple Sclerosis Consortium, one of the nation’s largest MS registries, Weinstock-Guttman has pioneered new therapies and interventions to treat the disease while helping to develop a more nuanced understanding of the multiple ways that MS affects patients.
Her research includes studying the cholesterol link to MS, bone health and exercise programs for aging MS patients, and biomarkers that may help predict improved quality of life for patients.
Weinstock-Guttman also directs the Pediatric MS Center of the Jacobs Neurological Institute, one of the initial six centers of excellence established by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Through her practice with UBMD Neurology, Weinstock-Guttman works with patients to provide comprehensive care that in addition to the use of drugs and other therapies, includes diet and exercise, neurocognitive assessment, physical and occupational therapy and social services.
It is the combination of her research, patient care and advocacy skills that made Weinstock-Guttman so deserving of the award, according to Penny Pennington, an adviser on public policy and research programs for the NMSS and a member of the board of directors of Advancing Research in Multiple Sclerosis, a patient advocacy group.
“Dr. Weinstock-Guttman’s critical research combined with her phenomenal patient orientation and concern for impacting her patients’ daily lives is what made her the best person to receive this important award,” she says.
Weinstock-Guttman attended the society’s 39th Annual Ambassadors Ball in Washington, D.C. last fall, where she received the award.