- Patient Education
Dr. Andrew Sylvester is a board-certified neurologist at the IMSMP. He earned his BA at Washington University in St. Louis, and attended medical school at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Sylvester completed his residency in neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1997 - 1999. He then subspecialized in MS by completing a two-year clinical neuroimmunology fellowship through Columbia University at the MS Research and Treatment Center at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center. He joined the MS Research and Treatment Center as an attending neurologist in 2001, where he practiced until moving with Dr. Sadiq to the IMSMP in 2006. Recently, Dr. Sylvester earned an additional subspecialty certification as a diplomat for Neural Repair and Rehabilitation. He is dedicated primarily toward patient care, participates in several clinical trials, is actively involved in the training of neurology residents and is an active guest speaker with a special interest in the fundamentals of treatment strategies. Dr. Sylvester has achieved the honor of being selected for inclusion in Castle Connolly's Top Doctors New York Metro Area in the field of Neurology for 2016 and 2017.
"I truly believe that Dr. Sylvester and the staff at the IMSMP, have taken me from fearful, distrusting, and ignorant of my diagnosis and prognosis, to a man confident in his care and his own best advocate. The staff has given me my life back, and Dr. Sylvester's care, hard work and concern have made me step out of my comfort zone, and succeed in things I never expected to. In 2010, I completed my first sprint triathlon, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, biking and running through Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware. Then I decided that I could do more, so started training for, and completing in 2011, my first marathon, yup, 26.2 miles, in 4 hours 40 minutes. I was empowered by the IMSMP and refuse to let MS slow me down. Since 2011, I have run the Steamtown Marathon two more times, breaking my personal record of 4:40 by almost 21 minutes, finishing the 2015 marathon in 4 hours 19 minutes. Two weeks later, I ran the Marine Corps Marathon – two full marathons in two weeks. In between marathons, I have completed a 51 mile ultra-marathon and the 2015 New York City Triathlon, an Olympic Distance, multi-sport event comprising a mile swim in the Hudson River, a 25 mile bike race up the Henry Hudson Parkway, and a 10K race through Central Park. During the ultra-marathon, I fell 6 times due to my foot drop, one of the few lingering effects of the MS, but I was able to finish and make my goal! I never thought I could do a half marathon, let alone a full marathon, and now I've completed 4 full marathons, an ultra-marathon, and a triathlon. If I can share my story with others I would be happy to! I'm living proof that the care at the IMSMP is important and life-saving work. I lived with MS for over 10 years, and now it has to live with me." - Timothy Burke