The Movement Disorders Center at UNC incorporates a dynamic team of movement disorder neurologists and a neurosurgeon who specializes in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. The Center also collaborates with sleep neurologists who evaluate and treat related sleep disturbances, such as restless leg syndrome; and memory disorder specialists who evaluate and treat cognitive disturbances within the overlap area of parkinsonian disorders and dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease.
The Bryson Distinguished Professor of Neurology
Director, Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence
Chief, Division of Movement Disorders
- Clinical interests: The diagnosis and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, including unusual movement disorders.
- Research interests: Movement disorders phenomenology, gait abnormalities in patients with Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonism; functional MRI imaging in Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonism, and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Joseph and Hannah Baggett Distinguished Professor of Neurology
Director, Deep Brian Stimulation Clinic
- Clinical interests: DBS therapy for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, which include pre-surgical evaluation for deep brain stimulation surgery, detailed microelectrode recordings in the operating room and post-surgical programming of the devices, while making concomitant medication adjustments.
- Research interests: Mechanism of action and application of deep brain stimulation.
Professor of Neurology, Precision Medicine and Neurogenetics, Movement Disorders
Division Chief, Precision Medicine and Neurogenetics
- Clinical and research interests: Clinical and translational research in movement disorders with a special interest in genetically based therapeutics; Advancing interdisciplinary care in movement disorders, particularly Huntington disease, tremor, dystonia, ataxia, Parkinson disease and parkinsonisms; Interaction of phenotypes and genetic risks in neurodegenerative disorders; Impact of essential tremor phenotyping on progress in clinical care and genetic risk factor discovery; Building holistic transdisciplinary care resources integrated across the full lifespan for patients and families affected by neurogenetic disorders.
Associate Professor of Neurology
- Clinical interests: Diagnosis and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, ataxia, other movement disorders, deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, and botulinum toxin injections for movement disorders.
- Research interests: Improvement of different tremors in different diseases through both traditional and innovative methods, and quality of life initiatives for patients with movement disorders.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
- Clinical interests: Atypical parkinsonism syndromes (multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration) and other movement disorders.
- Research interests: Genetics of multiple system atrophy frontotemporal dementia, Huntington’s disease, and genetic consultations for patients with movement disorders.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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.
Vice Chair and Professor of Neurosurgery, Section Chief of Functional Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery
- Specialty: Functional neurosurgery including the surgical treatment of adult and pediatric epilepsy and the surgical treatment of movement disorders.
Maggie Ivancic, MSW, LCSWA
Clinical Social Worker and Center Coordinator
As the Center Coordinator for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence and CurePSP Center of Care, I assess and address psychosocial aspects of living with chronic, neurodegenerative disease for the center’s patients and family care partners, including mood, coping, advance care planning, care partner needs, home safety, and connection to resources.
I facilitate three community support groups for Parkinson’s and atypical Parkinsonism (progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, and multiple system atrophy). I manage the center’s two specialty interdisciplinary clinics, one for Parkinson’s disease and one for atypical parkinsonism and work with the interdisciplinary teams to create individualized comprehensive plans of care.
- Administrative Assistance