Lauren Tardo, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in multiple sclerosis (MS), myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) antibody disease, and other rare neuroimmunological disorders.

Dr. Tardo earned her medical degree at the University of Mississippi. She completed a residency in neurology, serving as Chief Resident her final year, and gained advanced training through a fellowship in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology at UT Southwestern.

Certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2019.

Dr. Tardo is Co-Director of the Parkland Memorial Hospital Faculty MS Clinic and the Director of the Neuroimmunology Resident Rotation at UT Southwestern. In addition, she serves on the Brain Summit Continuing Medical Education Planning Committee, the Neurology Residency Clinical Competency Committee, and the Neurology Academic Leadership Committee at UT Southwestern.

She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the MOG Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for people worldwide who are diagnosed with MOG antibody disease.

An investigator for numerous clinical trials, Dr. Tardo’s research interests include clinical treatment trials and access to care for minority and all other MS patient populations.

In 2019, Dr. Tardo received the Stephen Damm Memorial Award for excellence and compassion in patient care from the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern.


Medical School
University of Mississippi School of Medicine (2015)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2019), Neurology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020), Multiple Sclerosis

Research Interest

  • Clinical Treatment Trials
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis - Access to Care
  • Multiple Sclerosis - Minority patient populations


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Disease associations of excessive daytime sleepiness in multiple sclerosis: A prospective study.
Sguigna PV, Toranian S, Tardo LM, Blackburn KM, Horton LA, Conger D, Meltzer E, Hogan RN, McCreary MC, Zee PC, Takahashi JS, Greenberg BM, Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin 2023 9 1 20552173231159560
Understanding humoral immunity and multiple sclerosis severity in Black, and Latinx patients.
Telesford KM, Amezcua L, Tardo L, Horton L, Lund BT, Reder AT, Vartanian T, Monson NL, Front Immunol 2023 14 1172993
Determining Prevalence of Depression and Covariates of Depression in a Cohort of Multiple Sclerosis Patients.
Tardo LM, McCreary M, Majeed H, Greenberg BM, J Cent Nerv Syst Dis 2022 14 11795735221098143
Clinical trials in multiple sclerosis: past, present, and future.
Manouchehri N, Shirani A, Salinas VH, Tardo L, Hussain RZ, Pitt D, Stuve O, Neurol Neurochir Pol 2022 56 3 228-235
Pediatric paraneoplastic neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder associated with ovarian teratoma.
Tardo L, Wang C, Rajaram V, Greenberg BM, Mult Scler 2021 Aug 13524585211037582
Asymptomatic retinal vasculopathy in neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus.
Sguigna PV, Tardo L, Conger D, Hogan R, Greenberg BM, J Neurol Sci 2021 Aug 430 118053


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Honors & Awards

  • Department of Neurology Award for Clinical Excellence
  • Consultant of the Year Award
  • Neurology Clinic Resident of the Year
  • Stephen Damm Memorial Award
    For excellence and compassion in patient care in Neurology (2019)
  • Chief Resident
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Mississippi Medical School
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Neurobiology Award, University of Mississippi Medical School

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Neurology (2016)