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Barry G.W. Arnason, MD

Professor of Neurology

The Committees on Immunology and Neurobiology

Dr. Barry Arnason is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis, autoimmune neuropathies, and myasthenia gravis. His clinical interests also include facial nerve problems, Guillain-Barre syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia, and Bell's palsy. Dr. Arnason sees several thousand patients per year--many are national and international referrals.

Dr. Arnason's research focuses on immune cell function in multiple sclerosis. His laboratory is looking at the role of certain immune cells, including T suppressor cells, IFN-secreting cells, and NK cells. He is also exploring the protective effect of pregnancy in multiple sclerosis. Dr. Arnason has interest in nervous system immune system interaction.

In addition, Dr. Arnason is overseeing clinical trials of several medications for multiple sclerosis: beta-interferon, retinoic acid, and copaxone.

Practice Location

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification


Medical School

University of Manitoba, Canada

Internship and Residency

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-6386

Office Fax

(773) 702-9060

Office Postal Address

Barry Arnason, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2030
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Neurology
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Facial nerve problems
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Neuropathies
  • Bell's palsy
  • Myasthenia gravis

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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Arnason's publications through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.