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.
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.
- Administrative Assistance