Anthony T. Reder, MD

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Professor of Neurology

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


Anthony T. Reder, MD, is an expert on multiple sclerosis (MS) and an instrumental faculty member in the University of Chicago Medicine's large MS program.

Dr. Reder and several other colleagues and residents have developed new treatments for MS. The group has shown that misoprostol (Cytotec) abolishes trigeminal neuralgia in MS. The MS group has also helped develop and test most of the current therapies for MS, including Interferon-beta (Betaseron, Avonex, Rebif, Extavia), glatiramer (Copaxone), natalizumab (Tysabri) and fingolimod (Gilenya). The first FDA-approved therapy, IFN-beta (Betaseron), reduced exacerbations of MS, improved memory and reduced deaths 20 years later by nearly 50 percent. Several other trials of new MS therapies are currently in progress.

Dr. Reder directs the Neurology and Inflammatory Disease Infusion Center. Here, cutting-edge therapies are used to treat multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis and Crohn’s disease.

Dr. Reder has authored a large number of papers and abstracts, and often makes presentations at national neurology meetings. Subjects have included multiple sclerosis, EAE, tetanus, neuropsychiatry, sleep and fatal familial insomnia. His primary research interest is in the interaction between the central nervous system (CNS) and the immune system. He and his colleagues are studying the mechanism of action for interferon — the most widely used treatment for MS.

Dr. Reder recently found that there is a defect in the interferon signaling pathway in lymphocytes during attacks and in progressive forms of MS. This may be why patients with progressive MS do not respond clinically to interferon therapy. He was recently awarded a grant from the National MS Society to study the cause of the signaling problem and ways to correct it.


Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • University of Michigan Medical School


  • Hennepin County Medical Center


  • University of Minnesota Health


  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • International Society of Neuroimmunomodulation
  • International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research
  • Brain Research Institute
  • Association of University Professors of Neurology
  • American Clinical Laboratory Association
  • American Neurological Association
  • American Association of Immunologists
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Society for Experimental Neuropathology
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1978

Board Certifications

  • Neurology

Languages Spoken

  • English