Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic

Welcome to the Massachusetts General Hospital Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder Center. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care for Parkinson’s disease and related conditions.

Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center: 617-726-5532

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About this Program

Our physicians are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders. We believe in personalized, focused care centered on the relationship between you and your neurologist. We are recognized by the National Parkinson Foundation as a Center of Excellence for our dedication to Parkinson’s research, clinical care, and outreach.

  • New patients should expect a comprehensive evaluation and thorough assessment aimed toward making a quick and accurate diagnoses. If indicated, laboratory testing or brain imaging can be arranged.
  • Once a diagnosis is established, we are happy to provide ongoing care to design and optimize medication treatments, or to work in collaboration with your neurologist or other physicians.
  • Advanced treatment options, including deep brain stimulation surgery, are available if appropriate.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

Parkinson’s disease is a condition that can affect different aspects of your life, including your mobility, mood, and sleep. We work with a highly trained and dedicated team of specialists that are all focused on helping you live better with Parkinson’s.

  • A Nurse Practitioner can help your physician provide you the best care and address issues about medications and other Parkinson’s-related issues.
  • A Physical Therapist can evaluate and treat you to optimize your mobility, physical activity and exercise, and safety.
  • An Occupational Therapist can help you stay active and independent in your daily activities.
  • A Speech Therapist can evaluate you and provide recommendations and treatment if the Parkinson’s is affecting your speech or swallowing.
  • A Social Worker can answer your questions and provide counseling about lifestyle transitions, options if you need help with your care, and financial and work-related issues.

 

Diseases we Treat

Though Parkinson's disease is the most common form of a group of motor system disorders known as parkinsonism, our other areas of clinical expertise also include:

  • Different forms of tremor
  • Myoclonus (sudden, involuntary muscle jerks)
  • Chorea (a hyperkinetic movement disorder that may result from a number of neurologic diseases)
  • Gait disorders such as Ataxia (an inability to coordinate muscle movements)
  • Dementia with Lewy body disease
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Medication-Induced Movement Disorders

Opportunities for Research

Our team of physicians is actively involved in research to better understand the causes of Parkinson’s disease and to identify new treatments. As a patient, you may have the opportunity to volunteer for:

  • Clinical trials for new investigational drugs
  • Research studies to find new and better ways to diagnose and monitor Parkinson’s disease
  • Studies that improve delivery and quality of care for Parkinson’s patients

If you are interested in volunteering for research, please ask to speak with a research coordinator.

Building on a Rich History

The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center is one of four entities comprising the Mass General Movement Disorders Unit. Our hospital has a long history of conducting research into Parkinson's disease and caring for patients with this and other movement disorders. Robert Schwab, MD, laid the groundwork for the Movement Disorders Unit in the 1940s when he published his first research paper on Parkinson's disease.

John Growdon, MD, serves as director of both the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center and the Movement Disorders Unit. His clinical interests include the cognitive and behavioral aspects of Parkinson's disease and related disorders. Our staff includes over a dozen neurologists who specialize in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders.

Mass General has earned the prestigious qualification of Center of Excellence from the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF). In addition, our clinic's physicians serve on advisory committees for national private organizations such as the NPF, Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Our neurosurgeons use deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat patients with a wide variety of movement disorders.  DBS involves implanting an electrode in the brain to interrupt and stimulate nerve activity. Our center uses the most advanced stereotactic technology, microelectrode recordings, for optimal lead positioning and the best patient outcome. The most common movement disorder we treat is Parkinson's disease. Other disorders that can be treated using deep brain stimulation include Essential tremor and Dystonia.

Mass General was one of the first hospitals to perform DBS and today we also use it to treat many different types of Dystonia which include:

  • Genetic dysonia
  • Generalized dystonia
  • Hemidystonia
  • Segmental dystonia
  • Focal dystonia, such as Spasmodic torticollis

Conditions & Diseases

  • Parkinson's Disease

    Parkinson's disease (PD or, simply, Parkinson's) is a slowly progressing, degenerative disease that is associated with symptoms such as tremor or trembling of the arms, jaw, legs and face, stiffness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), postural instability or impaired balance and coordination.

Patient Education

Clinical Trials

Video

  • Video about Parkinson's and LBD research

    Parkinson's Symposium at MIND- 2008

    Momentum in our Pursuit of Cures - Research advances in Parkinson's, Lewy Body dementia, and Parkinson's-Plus disorders. Anne B. Young, MD, PhD, Director, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND), formerly Chief of Neurology Service.

  • Neurology bicentennial logo

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, 2011 Part I

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Past History of MGH Neurology; Overview of MGH Neurology; Telestroke and Acute Stroke Service; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Pediatric Neurology.

  • Neurology bicentennial logo

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, 2011 Part II

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Clinical and research presentations on ALS, Stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease

  • Neurology bicentennial logo

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration 2011 II HD

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Clinical and research presentations on Huntington’s Disease, Epilepsy, and Neuro-Oncology.

  • Partners Neurology Residents at Mass General

    Partners Neurology Residency

    Neurology residents, program graduates, faculty members, and the education director talk about training at Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Contact

Contact Us

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
8th Floor, Suite 835
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-5532

Mailing Address
Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center
8th Floor, Suite 835
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114

Appointments

To schedule an appointment:

  • Appointments can be scheduled by calling: 617- 726-5532 (toll-free 855-644-6387)
  • Prior to your first appointment, ask your primary care physician or referring doctor to fax pertinent medical records to the office.
  • Translation services are available. Please inform us if you need the assistance of a translator.

If you are a new patient to MGH:

  • Call to obtain a registration number
    • MGH: 866-211-6588

What to bring to your appointment:

  • Your registration card, insurance card, and co-pay
  • Any medical records and MRI scans that have not been sent to the office
  • List of your current medications

Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center: 617-726-5532

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