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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Neurology Department Recognized as a Partner in MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

March 7th, 2018

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Neurology Department Recognized as a Partner in MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s (MMC) Neurology department isproud to announce their recent designation as a Partner in MS Care. This formalrecognition honors the department’s commitment to providing exceptional,coordinated MS care; and continuing partnership with the Society to address thechallenges of people affected by MS.

Joy Derwenskus, D.O., MS, joined Blake Kellum, M.D. andJanet Brown, FNP-BC, MSCN in the Neurology department at MMC in 2017. She hasan extensive background and interest in the study of Multiple Sclerosis, whichhas fueled her to spur on this initiative. Her interest has been previouslydemonstrated in her position as an Associate Professor of Neurology atNorthwestern University’s Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Program, in Chicago,IL. Among her work as an Associate Professor, Dr. Derwenskus participated in numerousMS clinical trials, has been published on this topic, and continues to speakboth locally and nationally about MS. Most recently, she serves as the NationalMultiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-South Chapter’s Chair of the HealthcareProvider Council.

The Society’s Partners in MS Care program recognizes providers whosepractices support the Society’s initiative of affordable access to high qualityMS healthcare for everyone living with MS – regardless of geography, diseaseprogression, and other disparities.

“We are so proud to partner with Dr. Joy Derwenskus to enhancecoordinated, comprehensive care for the people who live with MS in Murfreesboroand the Mid South said David Haddock, of the National MS Society, Mid South.“In earning this recognition, Dr. Joy Derwenskus has demonstrated extraordinaryleadership in MS care, making a tremendous impact on people affected by MS inour community,” David Haddock continued.

MMC’s Neurology department is very proud of this partnership. With ashared mission to continue to educate patients and the community, MMC will hostits first MS focused event, ‘Living with MS.’ This free seminar will bringtogether MS patients and caregivers to provide practical information to livetheir best life. Speakers will focus on overall health, nutrition, exercise andstress management. The event will take place on Saturday, April 21stfrom 10 am – 12pm. For more details or to RSVP to the event visit,



About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiplesclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervoussystem that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between thebrain and body. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness andtingling, to walking difficulties, fatigue, dizziness, pain, depression, visionloss and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in anyone person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment areleading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS.Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at leasttwo to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MSaffects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

The MMC Neurology Department is proud to be one of the twoMS Partners in Care Clinics in Middle Tennessee. For more information about howto connect with the Neurology department at MMC, please visit, orcall (615) 867-8090 today. 

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