Dr. Scott Jarvis

MD, PhD, FRCPC-Neurology

Dr. Scott Jarvis was born and raised in Calgary.  He completed his B.Sc. in Biochemistry form the University of Calgary then spent a couple years working in construction before he joined the lab of Dr. Gerald Zamponi at the U of C as a laboratory technician.  He spent most of his free time thinking about his projects, so figured he should at least work toward a Master’s degree.  A year later he was accepted into the U of C Medical School, switched into a PhD program, and was awarded the prestigious Alberta Heritage Foundation Medical Research scholarship to do a joint MD/PhD degree.  He was one of the first students in the U of C Leaders in Medicine program, founded by his mentor, Dr. Morley Hollenberg.  He completed his PhD (Neuroscience) with Dr. Zamponi in 2002, for which he won the Governor General’s Gold Medallion (top PhD in Calgary 2002).  He then went on to do a post-doctoral research fellowship in Montpellier, France.  Following this, he came back to Calgary for medical school, where he met his future wife, Dr. Kerri Johannson, and future partner at the ANC, Dr. Sam Chhibber. After medical school he started his


neurology residency in Calgary (the same program as Dr. Chhibber). 

During his residency he became interested in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) based in part on the people he met who had MS, and his experience working with internationally-recognized neurologists like Drs. Luanne Metz and David Patry.  He also gained an appreciation for Headache neurology from working with Dr. Werner Becker, another world authority.  After completing his residency he started a clinical and research-based fellowship in MS, split between the Calgary MS clinic (where he focused on symptom management) and at the University of California San Francisco (researching devices to objectively quantify neurologic deficits).  In 2015 he came back to Calgary to finally work as a neurologist - doing general neurology and MS clinics, and continued his research on symptom management and outcome measures in MS.  In 2017 Dr. Chhibber pitched his idea of opening up a new neurology clinic in Calgary and in 2018, they opened the ANC (with Dr. Lisa Rosenegger, Jesse Stein (manager), Mandy Shoults (administrative), Sue Krochinsky (technician).

Dr. Jarvis has always loved teaching, and in 2011 he was offered the opportunity to teach a lecture at the University of Calgary medical school by Dr. Kevin Busche (also a neurologist and mentor in Calgary).  By 2015 he was teaching several annual lectures, numerous small groups, student elective rotations, and was the Neuroscience course evaluations coordinator.  He has won several teaching awards, but his greatest satisfaction comes from sharing his passion for neurology and hopefully an appreciation for the art of medicine.  You’ll often encounter medical students working with him in the clinic.  In addition to teaching at the medical school and training residents, Dr. Jarvis frequently presents to patients, nurses, and clinicians locally and nationally. 

Although Dr. Jarvis truly loves teaching and clinical work, he’s also a big fan of not working.  He’s married to Dr. Kerri Johannson (Respirologist) and they have two fantastic kids - Isla and Aerik.  As a family they enjoy traveling (especially to the Big Island, Hawaii), hiking and camping and all play several sports.  Dr. Jarvis really enjoys talking in the third-person (no, not really), hockey, skiing, listening to music in the fort, Vikinging, and disc golfing (but has a funny relationship with putting).  The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists recommends 150 minutes / week of at least moderate physical activity but sadly (and hypocritically) he struggles to meet that sometimes.  He also enjoys his food, especially steak.  See below for his popular marinade recipe. 

Favourite U of C Undergraduate Medical Education awards:

2019 - Gold Star teaching award - his 7th Gold Star teaching award

2018 - “%*&#” teaching award and swear jar

2017 - Platinum Award for UME teaching

2016 - Hockey Jersey award - top lecturer for Neurosciences and Aging course - his first hockey jersey award

2014 - “Hammer Toe” teaching award - the first time the medical students gave an award to a lecturer for smashing a student’s large toe with a real hammer (it was for science)

2012 - Rookie of the Year teaching award

2011 - Gold Star teaching award (Clerkship) - his first 1st Gold Star teaching award


Selected publications:


Book Chapters


Jarvis, S.E., Mackie, A., and Metz, L.M.  Symptomatic Therapy for MS  Personalized Management of Multiple Sclerosis e-book.  Future Medicine.  Weinstock-Guttman B., Ramanathan, M. and Zivadinov, R. Editors. July 2013


Jarvis, S.E. and Toth, C.T.  Impact of Neuropathic Pain upon Related Conditions and Quality of Life  Neuropathic Pain: Causes, Management and Understanding. Cambridge Press.  Toth, C.T. and Moulin, D.E. Editors. 2013


Jarvis, S.E. and Kerr, B.J.  Pain in Multiple Sclerosis  Neuropathic Pain: Causes, Management and Understanding. Cambridge Press.  Toth, C.T. and Moulin, D.E. Editors. 2013


Journals (recent and favourites)


Coates K.D., Aboodarda S.J., Krüger R.L., Martin T., Metz L.M., Jarvis S.E., Millet G.Y.  2020  Multiple sclerosis-related fatigue: the role of impaired corticospinal responses and heightened exercise fatigability  Journal of Neurophysiology 


Asmussen M.J., Mauracher M.E., Onutobor O., Nigg S.R., Jarvis S.E.  2020   Reliability and Validity of a novel device for quantifying ankle dorsiflexion force in People with Multiple Sclerosis  Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders  40:101940


Mauracher M.E., Asmussen M.J., Nigg S.R., Onutobor O., Jarvis S.E.  2019   Portable Fixed Dynamometry to Quantify Ankle Dorsiflexion Force   Muscle and Nerve 60(1):56-61


Vienneau, J., Bauman, J., Nigg, S., Nigg, B.M., Jarvis, S.E.  2017  Investigating the Effects of the SurroGait-Rx™ Device on Postural Stability, Gait, and MSIS-29 Outcomes in People with Multiple Sclerosis  Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research 2(1): 1-9


Thakore, S., Ismail, Z., Jarvis, S., Payne, E., Keetbaas, S., Payne, R., Rothenburg, L.  2009.  The perceptions and habits of alcohol consumption and smoking among Canadian medical students.  Academic Psychiatry  33(3): 193-7


Jarvis, S.E., and Zamponi, G.W.  2005.  Masters or Slaves? Vesicle release machinery and the regulation of presynaptic calcium channels. Cell Calcium  37: 483-488.


Stotz, S.C.*, Jarvis, S.E.*, and Zamponi, G.W. 2004. Functional roles of cytoplasmic loops and pore lining transmembrane helices in the voltage-dependent inactivation of HVA calcium channels. Journal of Physiology  554: 263-273 (plus journal cover illustration). * co-first authors


Hollenberg, M.D. and the King Edward Discussion Group  2003.  Medical scientist trainees and the mentorship maze.  Clinical Investigative Medicine  26(3):110-112


Jarvis, S.E., Barr, W., Feng, Z.P., Hamid, J., and Zamponi, G.W.  2002. Molecular determinants of syntaxin 1 modulation of N-type calcium channels.  Journal of Biological Chemistry  277: 44399-44407.


Altier, C., Dubel, S.J., Barrère, C, Jarvis, S.E., Stotz, S.C., Spaetgens, R.L., Scott, J., Cornet, V., De Waard, M., Zamponi, G.W., Nargeot, J., and Bourinet, E. 2002. Trafficking of L-type calcium channels mediated by the postsynaptic scaffolding protein AKAP79. Journal of Biological Chemistry  277: 33598-33603.


Jarvis, S.E., and Zamponi, G.W. 2001.Interactions between presynaptic calcium channels, cytoplasmic messengers, and proteins of the synaptic vesicle release complex.  Trends in Pharmacology  Sci. 22: 519-525.


Lu, Q., AtKisson, M.S., Jarvis, S.E., Feng, Z.-P., Zamponi, G.W., and Dunlap, K.D. 2001. Syntaxin 1A supports voltage-dependent inhibition of α1B Ca2+ channels by Gβγ in chick sensory neurons.  Journal of Neuroscience  21: 2949-2957


Jarvis, S.E., and Zamponi, G.W. 2001. Distinct molecular determinants govern syntaxin 1A mediated inactivation and G protein inhibition of N-type calcium channels. Journal of Neuroscience  21: 2939-2948.


Jarvis, S.E., Magga, J.M., Beedle, A.M., Braun, J.E.A., and Zamponi G.W. 2000.  G-protein modulation of N-type calcium channels is facilitated by physical interactions between syntaxin 1A and Gβbγg. Journal of Biological Chemistry  275:  6388-6394.



Scott’s steak marinade recipe and grilling suggestions:


Approximately 60:40 mix of Worcestershire:Olive oil.


Smoked paprika - at least 2 tablespoons. If you think you’ve added too much, you haven’t.


Garlic - in 2 litres, add up to 2 heaping teaspoons of minced garlic.  If you’re really into garlic, and there’s everything right with that, use  The stuff in the jar works better than freshly-prepared.


You can add extra ingredients like mustard powder, pepper etc but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t matter, so don’t waste your time.


I blend the crap out of it. Seriously, highest speed for at least a minute. It’s science.


That’s it for the marinade - surprisingly simple


Then marinade your steaks in this at room temperature for at least an hour but ideally all day.  No refrigerating - trust me, it’s safe.


Get your grill as hot as it’ll go, and get the show on the road.  Sear both sides - about 60 seconds on the first side and 90 seconds on the flip.  You’ll burn the edges and that’s okay - you can cut that those little bits off later.  You need to know that there’s going to be a lot of flames and smoke from the marinade that drips off.  Long tongs are critical here.  After both sides are seared, take off the grill and turn the heat down - leave the lid open to speed this up because you want to get the meat back on there pretty quickly.  While the grill is cooling down, generously sprinkle Montreal steak spice (or whatever spice you have handy) on both sides.  You’ll want to save the juices that drip off during the spicing.  When the grill temp is steady at 400F put the steaks back on until they’re medium rare.  Medium at the most.  Only a lunatic would want their steak well-done.  


If you’re serving a large group of people who you like enough to actually share these beauties with, cut into thin slices.  This makes it acceptable to eat with your hands.


Also, you’ll want to use really good meat - tenderloin or rib steaks.  If rib steaks, get the biggest cap possible.  You want something well-marbled.   Yes, these steaks are more expensive, but you’re going through all this work, so do it right - it’s worth it. 

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday* 8:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday** 8:30am – 3:00pm
Sundays - Closed

Statutory Holidays - Closed

*rotational Wednesdays until 9pm –

check with clinic for dates

**rotational Saturdays – check with clinic for dates

Alberta Neurologic Centre

Suite 300, 1608 – 17th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB T2T 0E3


Phone: 587-747-5615

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