Jennifer Graves, PhD, MD

Co-Director, UCSF Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center

Dr. Jennifer Graves is a neurologist who treats adult and pediatric patients. She has completed fellowships in demyelinating diseases, which are disorders of the nervous system that include multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica. Graves also specializes in other neuro-ophthalmic disorders, or visual disorders related to the nervous system.

Graves' current research focuses on genetic, environmental and sex-related risk factors for poor outcomes in multiple sclerosis and optic neuritis. Graves is a co-investigator for the UCSF EPIC study of multiple sclerosis and the U.S. Network of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Centers.

Graves earned both a medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a doctorate in biophysics at the University of Texas Southwestern. She completed her residency in neurology as well as a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania. Graves has additional fellowship training in multiple sclerosis from the UCSF adult and pediatric multiple sclerosis centers and earned a master's degree in clinical research methods at UCSF.

Graves has received multiple grants and awards from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Foundation of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, scholars program of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health project of the National Institutes of Health, North American Neuro-Ophthalmological Society and Race to Erase MS. At the University of Pennsylvania, she received the Arthur K. Asbury Award for clinical excellence. Graves is an assistant professor of neurology and ophthalmology at UCSF. She is also the director of UCSF's online educational program for providers in designing clinical research.


Multiple Sclerosis Center
1500 Owens St., Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2069
Fax: (415) 353-2633

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Board Certification

Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Academic Title

HS Asst Clinical Professor

More about Jennifer Graves


University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Ph.D., Biophysics 2006
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School 2006
UCSF, M.A.S., Clinical Research 2013


University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Neurology 2010


University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Neuro-ophthalmology 2011
UCSF Medical Center, Multiple Sclerosis 2012

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Yeh EA, Grover SA, Powell VE, Alper G, Banwell BL, Edwards K, Gorman M, Graves J, Lotze TE, Mah JK, Mednick L, Ness J, Obadia M, Slater R, Waldman A, Waubant E, Schwartz CE. Correction to: Impact of an electronic monitoring device and behavioural feedback on adherence to multiple sclerosis therapies in youth: results of a randomized trial. Qual Life Res. 2018 Apr; 27(4):1117.
  2. Suleiman L, Waubant E, Aaen G, Belman A, Benson L, Candee M, Chitnis T, Gorman M, Goyal M, Greenberg B, Harris Y, Hart J, Kahn I, Krupp L, Lotze T, Mar S, Moodley M, Ness J, Nourbakhsh B, Rensel M, Rodriguez M, Rose J, Rubin J, Schreiner T, Tillema JM, Waldman A, Weinstock-Guttman B, Casper TC, Waltz M, Graves JS. Early infectious exposures are not associated with increased risk of pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2018 Mar 26; 22:103-107.
  3. Leibovitch EC, Lin CM, Billioux BJ, Graves J, Waubant E, Jacobson S. Prevalence of salivary human herpesviruses in pediatric multiple sclerosis cases and controls. Mult Scler. 2018 Mar 01; 1352458518765654.

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