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Esther Melamed, M.D., Ph.D.

UT Health Austin Care Team Member

University of California Los Angeles

University of California Los Angeles


Residency, Neurology
Stanford University

Fellowship, Multiple Sclerosis
Stanford University


Esther Melamed is a board-certified neurologist and assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Dell Medical School. She specializes in the care of adults with multiple sclerosis (MS), neuromyelitis optica, transverse myelitis and a variety of neuroinflammatory conditions. She believes in taking a holistic and individualized approach to patient care and enjoys counseling patients and their families on diagnosis and management of their conditions.

She is a principal investigator of a group of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin working on understanding genetic, environmental and sex differences in MS and advancing patient-specific treatments for MS care. She is involved in teaching several courses on MS and autoimmune disorders targeted toward neurology residents, medical students at Dell Medical School and undergraduate students at UT Austin.

Prior to joining the UT Health Austin Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center in November 2017, she founded the MS and Neuroimmunology Clinic at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin in June 2016.

She received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her medical degree and doctorate training through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California, Los Angeles; internship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles; and neurology residency and neuroimmunology fellowship at Stanford University, where she served as the chief resident of education. She has been the recipient of several Neurology Clerkship Medical Student Teaching Awards, UCLA Chancellor’s Humanitarian Award, Chancellor’s Service Award and Women 4 Change Leadership Award.

Professional Affiliations
  • Guthy Jackson Foundation on NMO Research
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Multiple Sclerosis Section of American Academy of Neurology
  • American Academy of Immunology
Awards & Honors
  • Senate of College Council’s Professor of the Semester
    UT Austin, 2019
  • Owens Medical Foundation Grant Award
    UT Austin, 2017
  • Neurology Clerkship Medical Student Teaching Award
    Stanford, 2014 & 2015
  • NINDS R25 & NINDS R25 Supplement Research Grant Awards
    Stanford, 2013 & 2014
  • Chancellor's (Charles E. Young) Humanitarian Award
    UCLA, 2002