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Dr. Frohman is currently Professor, with Tenure, of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, and Ophthalmology, and Recently named; UT Southwestern's Distinguished Teaching Professor, based upon his innumerable teaching awards, including the highly coveted University of Texas Recent Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA), holder of the Kenney Marie Dixon-Pickens Distinguished Professorship in Multiple Sclerosis Research, holder of the Cain Denius Endowment for MS Research, and the Irene Wadel and Robert Atha Distinguished Chair in Neurology, and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Program in the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.  Dr. Frohman is also adjunct Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences as well as Professor of BioEngineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Frohman was born in New York City and received his undergraduate training in biochemistry and cell biology at the University of California at San Diego, and later completed the Physician Scientist Training Program for his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California at Irvine.  Dr. Frohman subsequently completed his residency and fellowship training in the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he is a former Chief Resident.  He is Board certified in psychiatry and neurology. Dr. Frohman has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and has published over 300 peer review papers, monographs, book chapters, professional obituaries, and is the co-Editor of the first comprehensive book on Optical Coherence Tomography in Neurological Diseases (Cambridge University Press), in the areas of neuroimmunology, brain imaging, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-otology, and neurourology. 

In 2000, Dr. Frohman and his wife and closest collaborator, Teresa Carol Frohman, authored a United States Congressional Appropriations Bill, which was sponsored by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), to establish the first comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Training Program at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, in collaboration with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Since the inception of the Program, Dr. Frohman and his highly gifted and talented team, has  trained over 1,200 neurologists and neurology resident trainees from all 50 States. The Program was expanded to include advanced training for nurses and physician extenders, and social workers and case managers in 2009.  Under Dr. Frohman and Teresa Frohman's leadership and mentorship, this innovative national education initiative, has focused on the multidisciplinary management of chronic neurologic illness, has represented a virtual pipeline for the development of young intellectual 'firepower'; where innumerable students, residents, and fellows have chosen to pursue careers as MS clinicians and clinical investigators. 

In close collaboration with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National Treatment Training Program became the template upon which Dr. Frohman and the Center's Senior Clinical Physician Extender, Diana Logan, and the Senior Case Manager and social Worker, Katherine Treadaway, organized the Total Life Care Program [TLC], which brings together a weekly multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals including the Program Director, Diana Logan, NP, physical therapy and a gait physiologist along with our orthotist who works with patients to fabricate custom molded orthotic braces and other assist devices, bladder and skin integrity nursing, along with a seating specialist (wheelchair and bed evaluation), an on site nutritionist, and a corp of our two MS Center dedicated social workers and case managers.  This innovative and collaborative Program with the National MS Society, began operation in September of 2011, and is focused upon our most complex patients and families, where visits comprise a period on average of 3-5 hours; followed by strategy rounds among the team members later in the same week, in order to formulate diagnostic and treatment plans, along with a specified number of visits in order for patients to reach their goals and graduate from the TLC, and return to their continuity of care management with their MS physician and MS 'POD' team (comprised of the physician leader, the physician extender, POD RN, along with social worker and case management services. 

Dr. Frohman has published over 300 peer-review articles, book chapters and monographs, and serves as a principal investigator on a number of MS clinical trials.  He also serves as reviewer for numerous journals including Annals of Neurology, Neurology, Archives of Neurology, Journal of Neurological Sciences, Journal of Neuroimmunology, Lancet, and Neuro-Ophthalmology. In 2015 Dr. Frohman was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry (JNNP); among the highest impact neurology journals in the world. 

Dr. Frohman is married to Teresa Frohman, his closest colleague and principal collaborator for nearly 30 years (they have co-authored over 70 peer-review manuscripts together).  They have four children and live in Coppell, Texas.

Education

Graduate School
University of California at Irvine (1988), Neurobiology
Medical School
University of California, Irvine - College of Medicine (1990)
Internship
University of Tennessee College of Medicine (1991), Internal Medicine
Residency
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1994), Neurology
Fellowship
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1995), Neurophysiology

Clinical Interest

Multiple Sclerosis & Inflammatory Disease of the Nervous System

  • Acute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Devic's Disease (Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • Intranuclear Ophthalmoplegia (INO)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurosarcoidosis
  • Optic Neuritis

Research Interest

  • Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neuroprotection and Neurorestoration
  • Neuroradiology of MS
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Retinohypothalamic Network
  • Sports Related Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vestibular Neurology

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

JC Virus in CD34+ and CD19+ Cells in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis Treated With Natalizumab.
Frohman EM, Monaco MC, Remington G, Ryschkewitsch C, Jensen PN, Johnson K, Perkins M, Liebner J, Greenberg B, Monson N, Frohman TC, Douek D, Major EO JAMA Neurol 2014 Mar
Injury to a specific neural pathway detected by ultra-high-field MRI.
Sakaie K, Takahashi M, Sagiyama K, Dimitrov I, Frohman T, Remington G, Frohman E, Fox RJ Neurology 2014 Jan 82 2 182-3
JC viremia in natalizumab-treated patients with multiple sclerosis.
Major EO, Frohman E, Douek D N. Engl. J. Med. 2013 Jun 368 23 2240-1
Uhthoff's phenomena in MS-clinical features and pathophysiology.
Frohman TC, Davis SL, Beh S, Greenberg BM, Remington G, Frohman EM Nat Rev Neurol 2013 Jun
Relationships between retinal axonal and neuronal measures and global central nervous system pathology in multiple sclerosis.
Saidha S, Sotirchos ES, Oh J, Syc SB, Seigo MA, Shiee N, Eckstein C, Durbin MK, Oakley JD, Meyer SA, Frohman TC, Newsome S, Ratchford JN, Balcer LJ, Pham DL, Crainiceanu CM, Frohman EM, Reich DS, Calabresi PA JAMA Neurol 2013 Jan 70 1 34-43

Books

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Honors & Awards

  • 2015 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research ($100,000.00 Prize) Considered the most prestigious MS Research Award Worldwide
    Awarded for the first time to a collaborative group of investigators; Elliot Frohman (UTSW), Peter Calbresi (Johns Hopkins), Laura Balcer (NYU) (2015-2016)
  • Excellence in Neurology Prize for my two students
    Mentored two UT Southwestern Medical Medical Students (Ethan Meltzer and Peter Squigna) who recently were awarded the Department of Neurology ≠urotherapeutics Neurology Award (the first time the award has been given jointly to two recipients; emphasizing the collaborative work of these two outstanding UT students) (2014-2014)
  • University of Texas Regents Outstanding Teacher Award (ROTA)- $25,000 cash prize
    Dr. Utilized this award to begin the Teresa Carol Frohman MS Initiative for Excellence in Patient Care, Education, and Discovery (2014-2014)
  • European Committee for Research and Treatment in MS [ECTRIMS]
    Mentored two UT Southwestern Medical Medical Students (Ethan Meltzer and Peter Squigna) who were awarded one of five ‘Best MS Research in 2013’ Prizes at the European Committee for the Treatment and Research of MS (ECTRIMS) among ~2,000 abstracts submitted Copenhagen Denmark (2013-2014)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Physician of Distinction
    Accelerated Cure Project's Best Physician of the Year (2012-2013)
  • US News and World Report
    List of Top Neurologists in the United States (2012-2014)
  • American Academy of Neurology
    National Teaching Award (AB Baker Section) (2008-2008)
  • Dallas Business Journal
    Health Care Hero Award (2008-2008)
  • Hadassah Doctor of the Year
    (2008-2008)
  • Hall of Fame
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hall of Fame Award (2006-2006)
  • D Magazine's Best Doctors in Dallas Texas
    Best Neurologist (12 consecutive years) (2003-2014)
  • Fellow Status of the American Neurological Association
    (2003-2014)
  • Fellow Status of the American Academy of Neurology
    (2002-2014)
  • Congressional Appropriations Bill
    Authored a Congressional Bill to Establish a Natl MS Treatment Training Program (2001-2014)
  • Teaching Award
    Medical Students Excellence in Teaching Award (11-time recipient) 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004,2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (2000-2014)
  • Teaching Award
    Resident Excellence in Teaching Award 1996, 1997, 2004 (1996-2004)
  • The Department of Neurology Award
    University of California at Irvine (1990-1990)
  • The University of California Academic Excellence Award
    For Academic Excellence and Promise as a Clinician Investigator (1990-1990)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Medical Honor Society (1989-2014)
  • Exceptional Employee Award; Laboratory of Central Nervous System Studies
    National Institute of Neurological, Communicative Disorders & Stroke, National Institutes of Health (1987-1987)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, UT Dallas (2014-2016)
  • Adjunct Professor of BioEngineering and Computer Science, UT Dallas (2014-2016)
  • Adjunct Professor of Neurology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2009-2016)
  • American Neurological Association (2000-2016)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (1989-2020)
  • American Academy of Neurology (1987-2016)
  • American Medical Association