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Mercy MS Center


The Mercy MS Center was one of the first in Northern California to be designated by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a Comprehensive Center for MS Care.

This affiliation recognizes a unique group of medical caregivers who have a high level of proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis in a setting where specialized resources are available.

The Mercy MS Center: Specialists in Multiple Sclerosis

Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California's MS Center comprises physicians and staff with a high level of proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of MS at all levels of severity. Led by Mercy MS Center Director, John Schafer, MD, the Mercy MS Center staff includes two neurologists with special expertise and training in the diagnosis and treatment of MS, and a certified multiple sclerosis nurse. Our team also includes:

  • Radiologists
  • Urologists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Physical medicine specialists
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Behavioral health specialists

The efforts of these specialists are supported by several key specialty services, including:

  • Imaging Centers - MRI scans of brain and spinal cord
  • Infusion Centers - for MS treatments which are given intravenously
  • Rehabilitation - physical, occupational and speech therapists who understand MS

Before Your First Visit 

Before your first visit to the Mercy MS Center, we would like to get to know a little about you. We ask that you please take the time to fill out our patient questionnaire and bring with you your medical history and previous test results. During your appointment we will review the questionnaire with you, find out about your symptoms, and conduct a physical examination that will focus on your neurological function. Learn more about what to bring to your first appointment

MS Shared Visits: Providing Empowerment and Educational Opportunities

Through our MS patient shared visits we have earned national recognition for providing empowerment and educational opportunities for patients and their family members managing multiple sclerosis. Guided by our physician and nurse specialists, patients learn from their peers in a collaborative, supportive environment while gaining valuable patient information for comprehensive care.

The Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with multiple sclerosis for some time, the MS Achievement Center can help you take control of your health and achieve your wellness goals. Learn more about the programs we provide that focus on health and wellness to complement your existing care.

Additional Resources for MS

For assistance with a physician referral, call 1-888-800-7688. To request additional information from someone at the Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California, email us today.

MS Achievement Center Celebrates Team USA Spirit


Olympic Style Competition motivates people living with multiple sclerosis to reach cognitive and physical goals. Learn more about the center and how participants are going for gold.

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