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  • Assistant Professor of Neurology – Movement Disorders

Hokuto Morita is an Assistant Professor of Neurology in the Division of Movement Disorders. He completed a movement disorders fellowship at the University of Florida where he received training in the treatment of Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders under Dr. Irene Malaty. His movement disorders training made him realize that there is a significant lack of resources for Tourette’s care, motivating him to join the UNC Center for Tourette’s Syndrome and Tic Disorders.

I have a deep interest in movement disorders borne out of many years of treating movement disorders patients and also my own personal experiences as a movement disorder patient. My experiences have shown me that no single approach works for all patients. My approach to patient care is the inclusion of the patient in the decision-making process and tailoring treatment to meet a patient’s goals. We use a team-based approach to provide the information that helps the patient in making decisions about their own health, doing our best to honor their wishes with compassion and respect.

Clinical Interests

General movement disorders with a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of hyperkinetic movement disorders, atypical parkinsonisms, and genetic movement disorders. Multidisciplinary care of genetic movement disorders and atypical parkinsonisms. DBS programming for essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease patients.

Clinical Research Interests

Diagnostic protocols and genotype/phenotype correlations for genetic movement disorders such as hereditary choreas and ataxias.


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2013


  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    Penn State Hershey, 2009
  • Master of Arts in Neuroscience
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts in Neurobiology
    The University of California, Berkeley, 1996
  • Residency in Neurology
    The Mayo Clinic, 2013
  • Internship
    Hershey Medical Center, 2010
  • Movement Disorders Fellowship
    The University of Florida, 2015


Hokuto Morita, MD