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Michael Levy, M.D., Ph.D.

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Director, Neuromyelitis Optica Clinic

Associate Professor of Neurology

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Children (1-11 years), Adults (18+ years)


Languages: English, Hebrew

Expertise: CNS Autoimmune/Inflammatory Disorders, Neurology, Neuromyelitis Optica, Optic Neuritis, Transverse Myelitis

Research Interests: Neuromyelitis Optica; Animal Models; Transverse myelitis; Optic neuritis


My lab is focused on understand the immunopathogenesis of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a rare autoimmune neuroinflammatory condition that leads to blindness and paralysis. We have recently developed an animal model of NMOSD using pathogenic T cells directed against the aquaporin-4 water channel in which new diagnostic tests and therapies are being tested for commercial application. In June 2009, I started the Neuromyelitis Optica Clinic (NMO) at Johns Hopkins to focus on the specialized diagnosis and treatment of NMO patients. In addition to clinical care, our center has conducted three investigator-initiated trials and is currently participating in three sponsored trials in NMO. more


  • Director, Neuromyelitis Optica Clinic
  • Associate Professor of Neurology



  • MD PhD, Baylor College of Medicine (2004)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurology (2008)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurology (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology / Neurology-General (2008)

Research & Publications

Lab Website: Johns Hopkins Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Clinic

Clinical Trial Keywords

Neuromyelitis Optica, Transverse myelitis

Contact for Research Inquiries

NMO Basic Research Laboratory
600 N. Wolfe Street
Pathology 506
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

NMO Clinic Research Office
600 N. Wolfe Street
Pathology 536
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

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