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Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
An action plan for managing your Parkinson's (PDF)
The "Parkinson's Disease and the Family" book is a guide for people with Parkinson's disease, and their friends and family. It provides medical and practical information in an approachable, easy-to-read manner.
Learn facts and frequently asked questions about DBS.
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 Celebration, October 13, 2011. Past History of MGH Neurology; Overview of MGH Neurology; Telestroke and Acute Stroke Service; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Pediatric Neurology.
Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Clinical and research presentations on ALS, Stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease
Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Clinical and research presentations on Huntington’s Disease, Epilepsy, and Neuro-Oncology.
Neurology residents, program graduates, faculty members, and the education director talk about training at Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center Wang Ambulatory Care Center 8th Floor, Suite 835 Boston, MA 02114
Mailing Address Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center 8th Floor, Suite 835 15 Parkman Street Boston, MA 02114
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