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Dr. Lynch has been involved in multiple sclerosis research, patient care and teaching for over 25 years. She came to the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1991 to start a new MS clinic. Since that time, she has gradually increased the clinc so that it operates 5 days a week and she treats approximately 240 patients a month. She has collaborated with a number of individuals, including researchers at KU Medical Center, KU-Lawrence, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City to further local research into MS. She has received grants from the National MS Society, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies and studied a wide range of topics, including the psychiatric and cognitive problems associated with MS, the presence of iron and neurochemicals in the brains of people with MS and how those might affect disability, and gait and exercise in MS. She has also participated in numerous multi-center clinical trials, many of which have led to the approval of new medications to treat MS.
Dr. Lynch also helped to found the Mid-America MS Achievement center in 1997. This program works to optimize the daily lives of people with more progressive MS through ongoing rehabilitation and wellness programs. This program is growing to serve the needs of more people, and has found a permanent home at KU Medical Center. She has also worked with the National Multiple Sclerosis society on the local and National levels, and is the chair of the clinical advisory committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Local Chapter. She was inducted into the National MS Society Hall of Fame in 2005.
She graduated from the University of Utah with her M.D. in 1984. Dr. Lynch did her residency and fellowship in neurology immunogenetics also at the University of Utah Medical Center.
Sharon G. Lynch, M.D.