Dr. Kipp specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neuroimmunological disorders, particularly demyelinating conditions such as multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica. He is interested in translational research connecting expert MS clinicians, world-renown immunology laboratories, and advanced neuroimaging techniques to identify biomarkers of disease and treatment response.

Clinical Focus

  • Neurology
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Demyelinating Diseases

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Co-Lead Quarter 6, Practice of Medicine II, Stanford University, School of Medicine (2020 - Present)
  • Faculty Coach, Neurology Resident Communication Coaching Program, Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University (2019 - Present)
  • Director, Neurology Grand Rounds, Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University (2018 - Present)
  • Education Chief, Division of Clinical Neuroimmunology, Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University (2016 - Present)
  • Director, MS/Clinical Neuroimmunology Fellowship, Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University (2016 - Present)

Honors & Awards

  • Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Stanford University, School of Medicine (2019)
  • Medical Student Neurology Clinical Clerkship Faculty Teaching Award, Stanford University, Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • MS Clinical Fellowship Award, Canadian Network of Multiple Sclerosis Clinics (2014)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2014 - Present)
  • Member, American Academy of Neurology (2008 - Present)
  • Member, National Consortium of MS Clinics (2016 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Clinical Fellowship, Stanford University, School of Medicine, MS/Neuroimmunology (2016)
  • Research Fellowship, University College London, London, UK, MS Advanced Neuroimaging (2015)
  • Neurology Residency, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2014)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (2009)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (2005)

All Publications

  • In-depth B cell immunophenotyping to monitor response to anti-CD20 therapy in CNS autoimmunity. Multiple sclerosis and related disorders Su, E., Wetzel, N. S., Oak, J., Kipp, L., Han, M. H. 2020; 46: 102594

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.msard.2020.102594

    View details for PubMedID 33296989

  • Novel microscopic foveal pit pathology in multiple sclerosis revealed with adaptive optics ophthalmoscopy Hargrave, A., Sredar, N., Razeen, M. M., Khushzad, F., Yarp, J., Leishangthem, L., Tomczak, A., Kipp, L., Han, M., Kowalski, B., Dubra, A., Moss, H. ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC. 2020
  • Characterization of Retinal vascular changes in Multiple Sclerosis using Adaptive Optics and OCTA Khushzad, F., Yarp, J., Hargrave, A., Sredar, N., Mahesh, V., Tomczak, A., Kipp, L., Han, M., Dubra, A., Moss, H. ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC. 2020
  • Comparison of visual function and retinal structure between phases of multiple sclerosis Yarp, J., Khushzad, F., Leishangthem, L., Mahesh, V., Tomczak, A., Han, M., Kipp, L., Moss, H. ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC. 2020
  • Association of GAD-65 Antibodies with Autonomic Dysfunction in non-Type I diabetic patients Bozinov, N., Kipp, L., Nguyen, L., Jaradeh, S. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2020
  • Reduced neurite density in the brain and cervical spinal cord in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: A NODDI study. Multiple sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England) Collorone, S., Cawley, N., Grussu, F., Prados, F., Tona, F., Calvi, A., Kanber, B., Schneider, T., Kipp, L., Zhang, H., Alexander, D. C., Thompson, A. J., Toosy, A., Wheeler-Kingshott, C. A., Ciccarelli, O. 2019: 1352458519885107


    BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects both brain and spinal cord. However, studies of the neuraxis with advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are rare because of long acquisition times. We investigated neurodegeneration in MS brain and cervical spinal cord using neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI).OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate possible alterations, and their clinical relevance, in neurite morphology along the brain and cervical spinal cord of relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) patients.METHODS: In total, 28 RRMS patients and 20 healthy controls (HCs) underwent brain and spinal cord NODDI at 3T. Physical and cognitive disability was assessed. Individual maps of orientation dispersion index (ODI) and neurite density index (NDI) in brain and spinal cord were obtained. We examined differences in NODDI measures between groups and the relationships between NODDI metrics and clinical scores using linear regression models adjusted for age, sex and brain tissue volumes or cord cross-sectional area (CSA).RESULTS: Patients showed lower NDI in the brain normal-appearing white matter (WM) and spinal cord WM than HCs. In patients, a lower NDI in the spinal cord WM was associated with higher disability.CONCLUSION: Reduced neurite density occurs in the neuraxis but, especially when affecting the spinal cord, it may represent a mechanism of disability in MS.

    View details for DOI 10.1177/1352458519885107

    View details for PubMedID 31682198

  • Coexistence of Neuromyelitis Optica and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Case Report NEUROHOSPITALIST Li, A., McGranahan, T., Su, E., Kipp, L., Gold, C. A. 2019; 9 (1): 37–40
  • A case of GFAP-astroglial autoimmunity presenting with reversible parkinsonism. Multiple sclerosis and related disorders Tomczak, A. n., Su, E. n., Tugizova, M. n., Carlson, A. M., Kipp, L. B., Feng, H. n., Han, M. H. 2019; 39: 101900


    Autoimmune glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) astrocytopathy is a newly recognized autoimmune central nervous system (CNS) inflammatory disorder, presenting with an array of neurological symptoms in association with autoantibodies against GFAP, a hallmark protein expressed on astrocytes. Limited knowledge is available on the disease pathogenesis and clinical outcome. Here, we report a case of autoimmune GFAP astrocytopathy presenting with encephalomyelitis and parkinsonism. Our patient was a 66-year old male who experienced progressive somnolence, apathy, anxiety, right arm tremor, urinary retention, progressive weakness, and falls over the course of three months, followed by acute delusional psychosis. His neurologic exam on hospital admission was notable for cognitive impairment, myoclonus, rigidity, right hand action tremor, bradykinesia, shuffling gait, and dysmetria. Cerebrospinal fluid examination showed elevated protein, lymphocytic pleocytosis, and one unique oligoclonal band. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed non-specific T2/FLAIR hyperintensities in the brain and longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis in the cervical spine. FDG-PET showed a pattern of brain uptake suspicious for limbic encephalitis. Serum and CSF paraneoplastic panel showed presence of GFAP immunoglobulin G (IgG). Treatment with corticosteroids resulted in clinical and radiographic improvement. However, the patient was treated with anti-CD20 immunotherapy due to steroid-dependence. This case exemplifies the recently described neurologic syndrome of autoimmune GFAP astrocytopathy presenting with encephalomyelitis and parkinsonism, reversed by B lymphocyte depletion.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.msard.2019.101900

    View details for PubMedID 31881522

  • Immunomodulatory receptors are differentially expressed in B and T cell subsets relevant to autoimmune disease. Clinical immunology (Orlando, Fla.) Murphy, K. A., Bhamidiphati, K. n., Rubin, S. J., Kipp, L. n., Robinson, W. H., Lanz, T. V. 2019: 108276


    Inhibitory cell-surface receptors on lymphocytes, often called immune checkpoints, are powerful targets for cancer therapy. Despite their direct involvement in autoimmune pathology, they are currently not exploited therapeutically for autoimmune diseases. Understanding the receptors' expression patterns in health and disease is essential for targeted drug design. Here, we designed three 23-colour flow cytometry panels for peripheral-blood T cells, including 15 lineage-defining markers and 21 immunomodulatory cell-surface receptors, and a 22-marker panel for B cells. Blood samples from healthy individuals, multiple sclerosis (MS), and lupus (SLE) patients were included in the study. Several receptors show differential expression on regulatory T cells (Treg) compared to T helper (Th) 1 and Th17 cells, and functional relevance of this difference could be shown for BTLA and CD5. Unbiased multiparametric analysis revealed a subset of activated CD8+ T cells and a subset of unswitched memory B cells that are diminished in MS and SLE, respectively.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.clim.2019.108276

    View details for PubMedID 31669582

  • Autoimmune Hepatitis During Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis with Alemtuzumab Carlson, A., Bozinov, N., Kipp, L., Dunn, J., Lock, C. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2018
  • Patient-Reported Benefits of Extracranial Venous Therapy: British Columbia CCSVI Registry CANADIAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES Sadovnick, A. D., Yee, I. M., Attwell-Pope, K., Keyes, G., Kipp, L., Traboulsee, A. L. 2017; 44 (3): 246-254


    Objective Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) has been hypothesized to be a risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS). Venoplasty has been proposed as a treatment for CCSVI. The aim of our study was to gain a better understanding of the "real-world" safety and longitudinal effectiveness of venoplasty Methods: British Columbia residents who self-reported having had venoplasty and consented to participate in the study were interviewed and followed for up to 24 months post-therapy using standardized structured questionnaires Results: Participants reported procedure-related complications (11.5%) and complications within the first month after the procedure (17.3%). Initially, more than 40% of participants perceived that the venoplasty had had positive effects on their health conditions, such as fatigue, numbness, balance, concentration/memory and mobility. However, this improvement was not maintained over time Conclusions: Follow-up patient-reported outcomes indicated that the initial perception of the positive impact of venoplasty on the health conditions of MS patients was not sustained over time. In addition, venoplasty was not without associated morbidity.

    View details for DOI 10.1017/cjn.2017.27

    View details for Web of Science ID 000401287500003

    View details for PubMedID 28270250