Seminars/Support Groups

At the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Center, we recognize our patients’ different needs and interests for information and interaction with others within the MS community. Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree, who served our Center from 2006 to 2017, created a blended curriculum of live formats and internet-based programs for education and support. We are continuing these sessions as a vibrant component of our service and commitment to people with MS.

New and Early Diagnosis Orientation

Every other month, on the second Thursday of the month, Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree-Hartman leads an on-line orientation to a new diagnosis of multiple sclerosis - so you can participate from home. In this session, she provides an overview of the causes of MS and what to do about it. There is ample time for Q&A. This program is in collaboration with the National MS Society. You can view upcoming events here.

Monthly Support Group – The Art of Living

“Art of Living” is a once-a-month gathering in a supportive environment for discussion of ideas that enhance daily living. The group was started by Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree-Hartman and is facilitated by Dr. Riley Bove. Light refreshments and parking are complimentary. No RSVP is necessary and spouses, family and friends are welcome to attend.

When: 3rd Thursday of every month, from 6 – 7:30PM
Where: National MS Society Building at 1700 Owens Street (corner of 16th St. & Owens St.) in San Francisco, CA 94158. The meeting is held in the Fifth Floor Conference Room. Please enter through main doors on Owens St.

Upcoming Sessions
March 19th: Dr. Michael WilsonAdvances in understanding the causes of MS
April 16th: TBD – Overview of recent research advances
May 21st: Dr. Valerie BlockNew rehabilitation strategies for MS
June 18th: Amy Schwartzburg, NP The ins and outs of going on disability

Stay tuned for more!

We meet together as a group to do the following:
• Listen to informational presentations from guest speakers from a variety of disciplines
• Discuss issues that impact the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS)
• Share information and feelings
• Provide mutual support
• Socialize, eat good food, and laugh together

Benefits obtained from attending our group include:
• Learning new information and strategies for confronting problems
• Finding reassurance and support from others with similar life experiences
• Having the opportunity to be helpful to others
• Feeling empowered in coping with challenges
• Developing a connection to a community and personal identification with a social group

Three parking options are available:
The closest option is the parking structure at 1670 Owens Street (directly behind/next to the 1700 Owens building, kitty corner to Starbucks). Enter the lot from the side street behind the 1700 Owens building.
UCSF will validate your parking in this lot.
• Outdoor parking in lot behind the UCSF building at 1500 Owens St.
• Across the street at UCSF main parking structure at 1675 Owens St.

For those 20's-30's – The Magnificently Sexy (MS) Group

Young or young at heart and want more camaraderie? George White leads this support group with regular meetings out and about the town. Please contact George directly at (415)724-0064.

Additional Resources

Please visit the following websites to navigate other resources for education and support:

NMSS - National MS Society Northern California Chapter
MSAA - Multiple Sclerosis Association of America