1113. Acute Treatments and Rare Neuroimmune Disorders

Ask the Expert

Nov 28 2023 • 34 mins

Krissy Dilger of SRNA was joined by Drs. John J. Chen and Elias S. Sotirchos for an “Ask the Expert” podcast episode titled “Acute Treatments and Rare Neuroimmune Disorders.” The experts began by providing an overview of treatments for an acute demyelinating attack and how they are administered. They also discussed side effects, safety concerns, and the decision process for escalation. Finally, the experts shared age considerations and upcoming research.


John Chen, MD, PhD attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate and combined MD/PhD degrees. He completed his Ophthalmology residency and Neuro-Ophthalmology fellowship training at the University of Iowa. He then took a position at the Mayo Clinic in 2014 where he specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology. Currently, he serves as a Consultant and Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, and Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship Director at the Mayo Clinic. Among Dr. Chen’s awards/honors are the AAO Achievement Award, resident and fellow teaching awards at the University of Iowa, Ophthalmology Teacher of the Year Award three times at the Mayo Clinic, 2023 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator Award, Top Doctors in Minnesota, and the Heed Fellowship. He is a board member for the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and is on multiple committees for the AAO, co-chairs the Upper Midwest Neuro-Ophthalmology Group, is a member of the American Ophthalmological Society and American Eye Study Club, previously served as the President for the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology and participated in the AAO and AUPO Leadership Development Programs. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, has received several research awards, and is currently RO1 funded through the NIH. He has given over 200 oral presentations, including multiple named lectureships, and visiting professorships, on his interests in ophthalmic imaging, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and optic neuritis, especially NMOSD and MOG antibody-associated disease.


Elias Sotirchos, MD is a neurologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He specializes in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of neuroimmunological disorders that involve the central nervous system, including multiple sclerosis (MS), neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein-immunoglobulin G (MOG-IgG)-associated disorder (MOGAD). His research focuses on developing and validating novel imaging and blood-based biomarkers of these conditions, and clinical trials of experimental therapeutic agents.