Movement Disorders is directed by J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD, and includes Sarah Berman, MD, Ed Burton, MD, Eric Hoffman, PhD and Valerie Suski, DO.
The Movement Disorders Division has three objectives:
- to provide subspecialty care in Parkinson disease and other movement disorders;
- provide education in movement disorders for medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows; and
- carry out research in basic and clinical aspects of movement disorders. The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) has just designated the Division as an Advanced Center for Parkinson’s Disease Research, one of only eight such centers in the nation.
The Division currently provides subspecialty care to about 1,000 patients with movement disorders and these numbers are growing rapidly. The Division has recently established the Comprehensive Movement Disorders Clinic, with participation by faculty and staff from the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery. Many individuals seen in the clinic also volunteer to participate in clinical trials of new treatments and in studies supported by the NIH and the VA Healthcare System. Clinical programs have grown steadily over the last few years and include the continued expansion of deep brain stimulation as a treatment for advanced Parkinson disease (in collaboration with the Department of Neurological Surgery) and a Dystonia/Botulinum Toxin Clinic. The Huntington Disease Clinic has gained in patient numbers and continues its designation as a Huntington Study Group research site.
During the last year, Movement Disorders faculty continued to provide bedside and didactic teaching to undergraduates, medical students and residents. There is a regular lecture series for residents, and the Movement Disorders lecture series for first year medical students has been revised and updated. It is anticipated that a Movement Disorders fellowship program will begin next year.
As it expands, the Division continues to have a vigorous and well-funded research program that investigates both clinical and basic aspects of movement disorders. Each of the faculty has been successful in obtaining extramural funding for their projects. Several new collaborative projects have begun, which cross traditional boundaries of scientific discipline and academic department.