Yang Mao-Draayer, MD, PhD

Yang Mao-Draayer, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Professor, Neurology


Dr. Mao-Draayer completed medical school at the Capital Institute of Medicine in Beijing, China, and her doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. She completed Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis fellowship after neurology residency training at the University of Vermont. She has been a physician scientist and a neurologist specializing in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since 2005. She joined the Multiple Sclerosis Program at UM in June 2012. She has involved in many clinical trials of new types of therapy for various stages of MS as well as for neuromyelitis optic (NMO). Her research is directed at understanding the immunologic and neurobiologic mechanisms in neuro-inflammatory diseases and applying novel therapeutics in MS and NMO.

Areas of Interest

Neuroprotective therapeutics in multiple sclerosis and other central nervous system diseases. Neural stem cell and factors influence neural stem cell survival and differentiation. Interactions between immune cells and neural stem cells. Intrinsic neurotrophin production from multiple sclerosis patients' immune cells. Immune biomarker and outcome measures of neuroprotection and disease progression in multiple sclerosis: Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), novel MRI sequences. MS and NMO novel therapies and clinical trials.

Clinical Interests

Multiple Sclerosis and other CNS inflammatory diseases.


Medical School or Training

  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 1998
  • Capital Institute of Medicine, 1990


  • University of Vermont College of Medicine, Neurology, VT, 2003


  • Multiple Sclerosis/Neuroimmunology, University of Vermont College of Medicine, 2005

Board Certification

  • Neurology


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