Lauren Tardo, M.D.

Lauren Tardo, M.D.

Clinical Lead

  • Neurology
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • MOG antibody–associated disease


Lauren Tardo, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in multiple sclerosis (MS), myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) antibody disease, and other rare neuroimmunological disorders.

Dr. Tardo earned her medical degree at the University of Mississippi. She completed a residency in neurology, serving as Chief Resident her final year, and gained advanced training through a fellowship in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology at UT Southwestern.

Certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2019.

Dr. Tardo is Co-Director of the Parkland Memorial Hospital Faculty MS Clinic and the Director of the Neuroimmunology Resident Rotation at UT Southwestern. In addition, she serves on the Brain Summit Continuing Medical Education Planning Committee, the Neurology Residency Clinical Competency Committee, and the Neurology Academic Leadership Committee at UT Southwestern.

She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the MOG Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for people worldwide who are diagnosed with MOG antibody disease.

An investigator for numerous clinical trials, Dr. Tardo’s research interests include clinical treatment trials and access to care for minority and all other MS patient populations.

In 2019, Dr. Tardo received the Stephen Damm Memorial Award for excellence and compassion in patient care from the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern.

Education & Training
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2015-2019), Neurology
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2019-2020), Multiple Sclerosis
  • Medical School - University of Mississippi School of Medicine (2011-2015)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Neurology
Honors & Awards
  • Consultant of the Year 2019, Department of Emergency Medicine, UT Southwestern
  • Outpatient Resident of the Year 2019, Parkland Neurology Clinic, UT Southwestern
  • Stephen Damm Memorial Award 2019, Department of Neurology, UT Southwestern
  • Chief Resident 2018-2019, Department of Neurology, UT Southwestern
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee 2014, University of Mississippi
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Neurobiology Award 2013, University of Mississippi
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 2013, University of Mississippi
Books & Publications
  • Clinical treatment trials
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Multiple sclerosis - access to care
  • Multiple Sclerosis - minority patient populations

Clinical Focus

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • MOG antibody–associated disease
  • Minority MS patients
  • Improving access to care

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Lauren Tardo, M.D.

Dr. Tardo talks about her approach to patient care.