Movement Disorders Center

The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program was founded in 2005 by Tsao-Wei Liang, MD and Daniel E. Kremens, MD, JD within the Department of Neurology under the leadership of Chairman A.M. Rostami, MD, PhD. 

Over the course of 17 years, the program has grown to be one of the largest and recognized programs in the region.  In 2017, the University designated the program as a Clinical Research and Integrated Strategic Program, (CRISP) due to the presence of outstanding clinical care and research available.

In 2019, the Center was recognized as a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence for being one of the most comprehensive centers in the nation (and world).

Our program benefits from close collaborations with Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, and Rehabilitation Medicine.  For example, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has been an integral part of our program for patients with medically refractory Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor, Dystonia, and other movement disorders since

Integration is accomplished through regular multidisciplinary meetings and clinics to provide a seamless and coordinated experience. Since all faculty act as principal investigators on clinical trials, we offer a wide range of experimental therapeutics for our patients. 

The educational experience from our program is diverse and welcomes trainees from all backgrounds.  Residents, medical students, and trainees from other disciplines can take advantage of didactic sessions, seminars, or specialized toxin, DBS, and multidisciplinary clinics.

For those wishing to pursue clinical and academic careers in Movement Disorders, our Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Jeffrey Ratliff provides a one to two-year training opportunity.

Faculty & Staff 

  • Tsao-Wei Liang, MD
    Chief, Movement Disorders Division 
    Medical Director 
    William C. Rowland, Jr. Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Daniel Kremens, MD, JD
    Medical Co-Director
    Vice Chair for Education, Department of Neurology 
  • Jeffrey B. Ratliff, MD
    Director, Movement Disorders Fellowship Program
    Director, Neurology Residency Program 
  • Melissa Heiry, MD
  • Alexa Dessy, MD 
  • Anh-Thu N. Vu, MD, MScE
  • Lance Wilson, MSS, LSW, C-SWHC, ASW-G
    Social Worker
    Education and Outreach Coordinator 
  • Teresa Beasley, Patient Care Coordinator
  • Mary Kate Maloney, MSN, CRNP
  • Kimberly Stoveld, RN, BSN
  • Catherine Perlmutter, PC-A
  • Michelle Rochman, LCGC
    Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor 
  • Gordon Ragan
    Administrative Assistant
  • Abigail Lyon, PsyD
  • Gregory Seidel, PhD

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