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Sharon G. Lynch, M.D.

Professional Background

Sharon Lynch, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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, which has expanded over the years to treat hundreds of patients each month.

Dr. Lynch was instrumental in establishing the Mid-America MS Achievement Center (MSAC) in 1997, a program aimed at optimizing the daily lives of people with more progressive MS through ongoing rehabilitation and wellness programs. The MSAC 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, including serving as the chair of the clinical advisory committee and as a member of the Board of Directors of the local chapter. She was inducted into the National MS Society Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dr. Lynch earned her medical degree from the University of Utah in 1984 and she completed her residency and a fellowship in neurology immunogenetics at the University of Utah Medical Center.

Education and Training
  • BS, ., Univ. of South Alabama, Mobile, Mobile, AL
  • MD, Univ. of Alabama
  • Other, University of Utah Medical Center
  • Other, University of Utah Medical Center
  • Other, University of Utah Medical Center and Neurovirology Research Laboratory, Veterans Administration Medical Center
Professional Affiliations
  • International Multiple Sclerosis Cognition Socieity, Member, 2018 - Present
  • Kansas Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council (KPCAC), Member, 2018 - Present
  • State of Kansas Advisory Council on Palliative Care and Quality of Life, Member, 2018 - Present
  • Post Tenure Review Committee, Post-Tenure Review Committee, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Friends of the Mid-America MS Achievement Center, Other, 2016 - Present
  • American Neurological Association, Other, 2011 - Present
  • Department of Neurology Promotion and Tenure Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member, 2011 - 2018



Dr. Lynch actively collaborates with other researchers and experts KU Medical Center, KU-Lawrence and the University of Missouri-Kansas City to further local research into MS.

With grants from the National MS Society, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies, she has 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.