Kathryn Cauley Fitzgerald, Sc.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Research Interests

Multiple sclerosis


Kathryn Fitzgerald, Sc.D., is an assistant professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on identifying diagnostic and prognostic factors related to multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurologic diseases. She performs epidemiologic research integrating patient- and population-level data from people with MS.

Dr. Fitzgerald earned her Doctor of Science in epidemiology at Harvard University, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship in neuroimmunology and neurological infections at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research interests include how genetics, metabolic changes, hormones, diet, environmental factors and comorbid conditions affect the severity of MS symptoms. 

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  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Departments / Divisions



  • Sc.D.; Harvard University School of Public Health (Massachusetts) (2015)
  • B.S.; Pennsylvania State University (Pennsylvania) (2009)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Payer LM, Steranka JP, Ardeljan D, Walker J, Fitzgerald KC, Calabresi PA, Cooper TA, Burns KH. Nucleic Acids Research. 2019 Jan 10; 47(1):42-0431.

Bhargava P, Fitzgerald KC, Venkata SL, Smith MD, Kornberg MD, Mowry EM, Haughney NJ, Calabresi PA. Dimethyl fumarate treatment induces lipid metabolism alterations that are linked to immunological changes. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. 2018 Oct 20; 6 (1):33-45.

Fitzgerald, KC, Tyry, T, Salter A, Cofield SS, Fox RJ, Cutter, G, Marrie, RA. “Pseudobulbar Affect: Prevalence and Correlation with Symptoms in Multiple Sclerosis.” Neurology Clinical Practice. 2018 Dec; 8 (6):472-481.

Caldito NG, Saidha S, Sotirchos ES, Dewey BE, Cowley NJ, Glaister J, Fitzgerald KC, Al-Louzi O, Nguyen J, Rothman A, Ogbuokiri E, Fioravante N, Feldman S, Kwakyi O, Risher H, Kimbrough D, Frohman TC, Frohman E, Balcer L, Crainiceanu C, Van Zijl PCM, Mowry EM, Reich DS, Oh J, Pham DL, Prince J, Calabresi PA. Brain and retinal atrophy in African-Americans versus Caucasian-Americans with multiple sclerosis: a longitudinal study. Brain: a journal of neurology. 2018; 141(11):3115-3129.

Fitzgerald, KC, Vizthum D, Henry-Barron B, Sullivan P, Baer D and Mowry EM. “Effect of intermittent vs. daily calorie restriction on changes in weight and patient-reported outcomes in people with multiple sclerosis.” Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2018 May 5;23:33-39

Activities & Honors


  • Career Transitional Fellowship Award, National MS Society, 2019
  • CROI Scholarship, 2019
  • Travel Award, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting, 2017 - 2018
  • ACTRIMS Top Poster Finalist, 2016
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Travel Award, ACTRIMS, 2016 - 2018
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