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


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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. Damotte V, Lizée A, Tremblay M, Agrawal A, Khankhanian P, Santaniello A, Gomez R, Lincoln R, Tang W, Chen T, Lee N, Villoslada P, Hollenbach JA, Bevan CD, Graves J, Bove R, Goodin DS, Green AJ, Baranzini SE, Cree BA, Henry RG, Hauser SL, Gelfand JM, Gourraud PA. Harnessing electronic medical records to advance research on multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler. 2018 Jan 01; 1352458517747407.
  2. Graves JS, Chitnis T, Weinstock-Guttman B, Rubin J, Zelikovitch AS, Nourbakhsh B, Simmons T, Waltz M, Casper TC, Waubant E. Maternal and Perinatal Exposures Are Associated With Risk for Pediatric-Onset Multiple Sclerosis. Pediatrics. 2017 Apr; 139(4).
  3. Gianfrancesco MA, Stridh P, Rhead B, Shao X, Xu E, Graves JS, Chitnis T, Waldman A, Lotze T, Schreiner T, Belman A, Greenberg B, Weinstock-Guttman B, Aaen G, Tillema JM, Hart J, Caillier S, Ness J, Harris Y, Rubin J, Candee M, Krupp L, Gorman M, Benson L, Rodriguez M, Mar S, Kahn I, Rose J, Roalstad S, Casper TC, Shen L, Quach H, Quach D, Hillert J, Bäärnhielm M, Hedstrom A, Olsson T, Kockum I, Alfredsson L, Metayer C, Schaefer C, Barcellos LF, Waubant E. Evidence for a causal relationship between low vitamin D, high BMI, and pediatric-onset MS. Neurology. 2017 Apr 25; 88(17):1623-1629.
  4. Block VJ, Lizée A, Crabtree-Hartman E, Bevan CJ, Graves JS, Bove R, Green AJ, Nourbakhsh B, Tremblay M, Gourraud PA, Ng MY, Pletcher MJ, Olgin JE, Marcus GM, Allen DD, Cree BA, Gelfand JM. Continuous daily assessment of multiple sclerosis disability using remote step count monitoring. J Neurol. 2017 Feb; 264(2):316-326.
  5. Chitnis T, Graves J, Weinstock-Guttman B, Belman A, Olsen C, Misra M, Aaen G, Benson L, Candee M, Gorman M, Greenberg B, Krupp L, Lotze T, Mar S, Ness J, Rose J, Rubin J, Schreiner T, Tillema J, Waldman A, Rodriguez M, Casper C, Waubant E. Distinct effects of obesity and puberty on risk and age at onset of pediatric MS. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2016 Dec; 3(12):897-907.
  6. Hatcher SE, Waubant E, Graves JS. Rebound Syndrome in Multiple Sclerosis After Fingolimod Cessation-Reply. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Nov 01; 73(11):1376.
  7. Tremlett H, Fadrosh DW, Faruqi AA, Hart J, Roalstad S, Graves J, Spencer CM, Lynch SV, Zamvil SS, Waubant E. Associations between the gut microbiota and host immune markers in pediatric multiple sclerosis and controls. BMC Neurol. 2016 Sep 21; 16(1):182.
  8. Yeh EA, Graves JS, Benson LA, Wassmer E, Waldman A. Pediatric optic neuritis. Neurology. 2016 Aug 30; 87(9 Suppl 2):S53-8.
  9. Hanumanthe SB, Francisco C, Hart J, Graves J, Waubant E. Biopsy-Supported Tumefactive Demyelination of the Central Nervous System in Children. J Child Neurol. 2016 Dec; 31(14):1528-1533.
  10. Cree BA, Gourraud PA, Oksenberg JR, Bevan C, Crabtree-Hartman E, Gelfand JM, Goodin DS, Graves J, Green AJ, Mowry E, Okuda DT, Pelletier D, von Büdingen HC, Zamvil SS, Agrawal A, Caillier S, Ciocca C, Gomez R, Kanner R, Lincoln R, Lizee A, Qualley P, Santaniello A, Suleiman L, Bucci M, Panara V, Papinutto N, Stern WA, Zhu AH, Cutter GR, Baranzini S, Henry RG, Hauser SL. Long-term evolution of multiple sclerosis disability in the treatment era. Ann Neurol. 2016 Oct; 80(4):499-510.
  11. Graves JS. Is Season of Birth Important for Multiple Sclerosis Risk? JAMA Neurol. 2016 Aug 01; 73(8):912-3.
  12. Francisco C, Graves J, Waubant E. Clinical trials for pediatric MS should be prioritized to test only one or two of the most promising agents - NO. Mult Scler. 2016 Nov; 22(13):1651-1653.
  13. Graves JS, Chohan H, Cedars B, Arnow S, Yiu H, Waubant E, Green A. Sex differences and subclinical retinal injury in pediatric-onset MS. Mult Scler. 2017 Mar; 23(3):447-455.
  14. Belman AL, Krupp LB, Olsen CS, Rose JW, Aaen G, Benson L, Chitnis T, Gorman M, Graves J, Harris Y, Lotze T, Ness J, Rodriguez M, Tillema JM, Waubant E, Weinstock-Guttman B, Casper TC. Characteristics of Children and Adolescents With Multiple Sclerosis. Pediatrics. 2016 Jul; 138(1).
  15. Hatcher SE, Waubant E, Nourbakhsh B, Crabtree-Hartman E, Graves JS. Rebound Syndrome in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis After Cessation of Fingolimod Treatment. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Jul 01; 73(7):790-4.
  16. Nourbakhsh B, Graves J, Casper TC, Lulu S, Waldman A, Belman A, Greenberg B, Weinstock-Guttman B, Aaen G, Tillema JM, Hart J, Ness J, Rubin J, Krupp L, Gorman M, Benson L, Rodriguez M, Chitnis T, Rose J, Barcellos L, Waubant E. Dietary salt intake and time to relapse in paediatric multiple sclerosis. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2016 Dec; 87(12):1350-1353.
  17. Tremlett H, Fadrosh DW, Faruqi AA, Zhu F, Hart J, Roalstad S, Graves J, Lynch S, Waubant E. Gut microbiota in early pediatric multiple sclerosis: a case-control study. Eur J Neurol. 2016 Aug; 23(8):1308-1321.
  18. Tremlett H, Fadrosh DW, Faruqi AA, Hart J, Roalstad S, Graves J, Lynch S, Waubant E. Gut microbiota composition and relapse risk in pediatric MS: A pilot study. J Neurol Sci. 2016 Apr 15; 363:153-7.
  19. McDonald J, Graves J, Waldman A, Lotze T, Schreiner T, Belman A, Greenberg B, Weinstock-Guttman B, Aaen G, Tillema JM, Hart J, Lulu S, Ness J, Harris Y, Rubin J, Candee M, Krupp LB, Gorman M, Benson L, Rodriguez M, Chitnis T, Mar S, Barcellos LF, Laraia B, Rose J, Roalstad S, Simmons T, Casper TC, Waubant E. A case-control study of dietary salt intake in pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2016 Mar; 6:87-92.
  20. Graves JS, Barcellos LF, Shao X, Noble J, Mowry EM, Quach H, Belman A, Casper TC, Krupp LB, Waubant E. Genetic predictors of relapse rate in pediatric MS. Mult Scler. 2016 Oct; 22(12):1528-1535.

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