Local neurologist Dr. Bharathy Sundaram was recently recognized with a pair of award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

During the society’s recent “MS Breakthroughs” program in Fort Worth, Sundaram was presented the Health Professional National Volunteer Hall of Fame Award and the Breakthrough Healthcare Access Award 2018. The criteria listed for the hall of fame award states Sundaram was recognized for her commitment to helping people meet the challenges of MS; leadership in establishing relationships with health care providers and professional organizations; improving MS knowledge of the health care workforce and attracting new talent to the field; and engagement in other society activities.

“Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body,” the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website states.

Sundaram, who has been a neurologist in North Texas for the past 24 years, works with the Texas Institute for Neurological Disorders in Sherman and is the director of the Texoma-area Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. She also received the Outstanding Service and Support Award for her commitment to patients with MS and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society this past year.

“The cause of MS is still unknown,” the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website states. “Scientists believe that a combination of environmental and genetic factors contribute to the risk of developing MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.”