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An Advocate for Her Patients
Dr. Indrani Sen Hightower of The South Jersey MS Center at Bromley Neurology is committed to providing the best care for those afflicted with multiple sclerosis.

by South Jersey Magazine - Editorial Staff

Dr. Indrani Sen Hightower is a board-certified neurologist at The South Jersey MS Center at Bromley Neurology. For the past three years, she has specialized in the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment and management of multiple sclerosis.

The South Jersey MS Center was founded by Dr. Steven Bromley where he and his team specialize in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis. There are two locations with infusion suites, located in Audubon and Linwood. The South Jersey MS Center has the largest independent private infusion suite in the state, which delivers the most advanced FDA-approved therapies for this debilitating neurodegenerative condition that affects over 19,000 individuals in New Jersey.

The Center offers both acute ambulatory care for patients experiencing disease flare-ups as well as more long-term solutions through disease-modifying therapies that can alter the course of this neurodegenerative disorder. Since multiple sclerosis is the second-most common cause of neurological deficits in young adults, Dr. Hightower recognizes the devastating impact it has on her patients as well as their families, and our society in general.

“Working here has been an honor,” Dr. Hightower states. “If I can improve even a handful of my patients’ quality of lives, I feel that I have served the Hippocratic oath I made in medical school: ‘I will use treatment to help the sick according to the best of my ability and judgment.’”

Dr. Hightower is a neurologist and diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, as well as board certified in clinical neurophysiology. In addition to multiple sclerosis, she also treats headache, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuromuscular junction disorders and Alzheimer’s disease.

“The current therapies offered in multiple sclerosis patients is vastly changing, and the climate of medicine has taken a very exciting turn with the advent of discoveries in the field of pharmacogenetics,” she says. “In contrast to previous treatments, we now have specifically targeted therapies which involve monoclonal antibodies that can alter a patient’s inflammatory response to cease the autoimmune destruction of the myelin sheath.”

Like modern medicine, which is an endlessly evolving work in progress, Dr. Hightower considers herself a work in progress as well. “At this stage in life, I realized that I wish to be more than a physician, but also a true patient advocate.” Dr. Hightower comments on the many challenges in being a doctor today. “I would likeaffordable and accessible care for all my patients. The escalating costs of health care, medication costs and the inaccessibility to proper treatment is a very real problem in our current society. I would like to be able to obtain timely authorizations for our diagnostic tests as well as utilize the best individualized treatment for all my patients. Unfortunately, in reality this is not at all the case.”

In addition, Dr. Hightower is a volunteer with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, serving on the New Jersey Government Relations Advisory Committee (GRAC), which she joined in 2017. As a committee member, she works strategically and tactically with the MS community and elected officials to change the lives of people impacted by MS. Dr. Hightower has also participated in meetings with state and federal officials and their staff, discussing barriers to health care and issues with access and affordably to MS medications.

“The National Multiple Sclerosis Society advocates for patient issues which I have always hoped to fight for—I have passionately wanted prior authorization and step therapy reform for patients, as well as Pharmacy Benefit Manager transparency. Now, thanks to MS activists and the MS Society there has been progress in many important bills. My other personal aspirations are quite idealistic which would include being able to prescribe anything and everything that can improve my patients’ quality of lives with complete accessibility and affordability of all medications to each and every patient, no matter what health insurance they carry and no matter their socioeconomic status. Analogous to repairing the damaged connections of neurons in the central nervous system in multiple sclerosis, I would like to repair connections between patients and their physicians, patients and their health insurance and pharmaceutical providers,one synapse at a time.”

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