Tim Coetzee, Ph.D., serves as the National MS Society’s Chief Advocacy, Services and Research Officer.  

In this capacity, he leads the Society’s work in the areas of state and federal advocacy, services and connection programs for people with MS, healthcare professional engagement and training, as well as the Society's global research programs. Most recently, he served as the president of Fast Forward, a venture philanthropy of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where he was responsible for the Society's strategic funding of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies as well as partnerships with the financial and business communities. Prior to Fast Forward, Dr. Coetzee led the Society's research initiatives on nervous system repair and protection in multiple sclerosis as well as the Society’s fellowship and faculty award programs.  He is a member of the Society’s Executive Leadership team and the Progressive MS Alliance’s Scientific Steering Committee.  In addition, Dr. Coetzee serves on National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the National Academy of Medicine’s Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, and the Board of Directors of the American Society of Experimental Neurotherapeutics. Dr. Coetzee received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Albany Medical College in 1993 and has since been involved in the field of multiple sclerosis research. He has been with the National MS Society since the fall of 2000.