Rajesh Pahwa, M.D., is the Laverne and Joyce Rider Professor of Neurology, Chief of the Parkinson's and Movement Disorder Division and Director of Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Dr. Pahwa received his M.B.B.S. (M.D.) degree at Seth G.S. Medical College, University of Bombay, India. He completed an internship in medicine at Baylor College of Medicine followed by a residency in Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He then completed a one-year fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Pahwa joined the faculty of the Department of Neurology as an Instructor in 1992 and is currently a Professor of Neurology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
In 2005, Dr. Pahwa was named the inaugural recipient of the Laverne and Joyce Rider Professorship. This professorship is named for the late Joyce Rider, a longtime Kansas City, Mo., resident, and for her mother, Laverne Stapp Rider, who battled Parkinson's disease for many years. Joyce Rider, who died in 2004, bequeathed financial support for the professorship to the University of Kansas Endowment Association.
Dr. Pahwa's research interests are centered around the various aspects of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. He is currently involved in studies related to medical and surgical forms of therapies for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Dr. Pahwa has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and abstracts in leading neurology and movement disorder journals. He has conducted more than 75 clinical trials related to Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. He is the co-editor of "Handbook of Parkinson's Disease," 3rd and 4th editions; "Therapy of Parkinson's Disease," 3rd edition; and "Handbook of Essential Tremor and other Tremor Disorders." He is co-author of the book "Parkinson's Disease: Questions and Answers," 4th edition.
The Movement Disorders Clinic, directed by Dr. Pahwa, offers diagnostic and treatment services for persons with Parkinson's disease and related disorders such as progressive supranuclear palsy and multiple system atrophy as well as tremor disorders, primary essential tremor.
Dr. Pahwa serves as a consultant for Abbott, AbbVie, ACADIA, Acorda, Adamas, Amneal, CalaHealth, Global Kinetics, Impel, Neuropharma, Kyowa, Lundbeck, Mitsubishi, Neurocrine, Orbis Bioscience, PhotoPharmics, Prilenia, Sunovion, Teva Neuroscience and US World Meds. He receives research support from Abbott, AbbVie, Addex, Biogen, Biohaven, Boston Scientific, EIP, Global Kinetics, Impax, Intec, Lilly, Neuroderm, Neuraly, Parkinson’s Foundation, Pharma 2B, Prelinia, Roche, SIS, Sun Pharma, Sunovion, Theranexus, Theravance, US WorldMeds and Voyager.
Stuart H. Isaacson MD, directs the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Boca Raton, a nationally recognized leading clinical research institution that brings community access to phase 2 and phase 3 FDA-regulated clinical research trials testing new treatments for improving the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and trying to slow its progression.
Dr. Isaacson is the Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Research and Education Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to support research initiatives, educational and wellness programs, support groups and social services as well as outreach for Parkinson’s disease patients and their caregivers. Their research focus is developing new medications that halt the progression of PD and serve to treat its symptoms.
Dr. Isaacson, is Associate Professor of Neurology at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, Florida, and Director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Boca Raton in Florida, a nationally recognized center for the evaluation, care, and clinical research for patients with these disorders.
The development of new treatments for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, including essential tremor, dystonia, restless legs syndrome, Huntington's disease, and atypical forms of parkinsonism, has long been the research focus of Dr. Isaacson. He has been involved in over 75 clinical trials and has served on national and international committees for many drug developments programs and trials, as well as for the Parkinson Study Group and the movement disorders section of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Isaacson has authored or coauthored nearly 100 abstracts, journal articles, and book chapters. He lectures frequently and has presented abstracts at national and international scientific meetings and patient symposiums, and has trained numerous physicians in the injection of botulinum toxins. Dr. Isaacson has worked closely with national foundations, including the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society, among others, and has been recognized in Best Doctors in America, America's Top Physicians, and Florida SuperDoctors.
Dr. Isaacson also runs a private neurology practice in the Boca Raton area and is a fellow of the National Institute of Health.
Dr. Isaacson serves as a consultant, speaker’s bureau member and receives research support from: Abbvie, Acadia, Acorda, Adamas, Addex, Allergan, Amarantus, Axovant, Benevolent, Biogen, Britannia, Cerecor, Eli Lilly, Enterin, GE Healthcare, Global Kinetics, Impax, Intec Pharma, Ipsen, Jazz, Kyowa, Lundbeck, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Neurocrine, Neuroderm, Parkinson Study Group, Pharma2B, Roche, Sanofi, Sunovion, Teva, Theravance, UCB, US World Meds, and Zambon.
Daniel Kremens, MD, JD, is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Co-Director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Kremens graduated from Columbia College, summa cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He next graduated from Columbia Law School and practiced complex corporate litigation law at major law firms in New York City for seven years. Dr. Kremens then returned to medical school and graduated from Jefferson Medical College where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and won the William F. Kellow Prize and The Arthur Krieger Memorial Prize in Neurology. He completed his residency in Neurology followed by a fellowship in Movement Disorders at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Kremens is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the Movement Disorder Society. His academic interests include neuroprotection and Parkinsons disease and non-motor symptoms in Parkinsons disease. He also is actively involved in medical education and serves as the Clerkship Director in the Department of Neurology at Jefferson Medical College.
Dr. Kremens serves as a consultant Abbott, AbbVie, ACADIA, Acorda, Adamas, Allergan, Amneal, GE Healthcare, Kyowa Kirin, Lundbeck, Merz, Neurocrine, Sunovion, Teva, UCB, and US WorldMeds. He has received research support from Acorda, Enterin and Revance.
Mark F. Lew, MD, is a Professor of Neurology at
Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California. Dr. Lew has an international reputation for the treatment of patients with Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and other movement disorders. He is a board certified neurologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Lew is the director of the Division of Movement Disorders and serves as the vice chairman of the Department of Neurology. He has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on clinical research related to new therapies for Parkinson's disease and dystonia. Dr. Lew also collaborates closely with local and national advocacy organizations (e.g., the Hollyrod Foundation and the National Parkinson's Foundation) to increase public awareness and to support research and care.
Dr. Lew serves as a consultant for US World Meds, Lundbeck, Abbvie, Adamas, Cynapsus, Revance, Acadia, Neurocrine, Acorda. He receives research support from Michael J. Fox Foundation, Pharm2B, Cala Labs, Sun Pharma, Aptinyx Inc., Neuraly. Is on the speaker's Bureau for Adamas, Acadia, Neurocrine , Acorda, Cynapsus.
Dr. Jerry Vitek is the Head of the Neurology Department, Director of the Neuromodulation Research Program, and Center Director of the University of Minnesota Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Research. He previously served as the Neuromodulation Research Center Director at the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation developing functional surgery and deep brain stimulation (DBS) techniques for the treatment of neurological disease. Dr. Vitek has also held faculty positions at Emory University and The Johns Hopkins University, where he assisted in the development of the functional neurosurgery programs and conducted research on the pathophysiology of movement disorders and mechanism(s) underlying the beneficial effects of DBS.
He is currently the PI on several NIH-, foundation- and industry-funded grants, which include both non-human primate and human clinical studies on the neurophysiology of movement disorders and neuromodulation mechanisms. Dr. Vitek is also the PI for an industry-sponsored multicenter phase III pivotal clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of a new neuromodulation device for the purposes of an FDA PMA submission. Many of his research projects involve close collaboration with other neurologists, neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, and/or biomedical engineers. Much of this work has provided new insight into the neurophysiology of movement disorders and the therapeutic mechanisms of DBS and contributed to improvements in DBS surgery and treatment as well as the application of DBS to other neurological disorders.
Dr. Vitekhas received consulting fees from Abbott, Adamas, Boston Scientific, Insightec, LivaNova, and Medtronic. He has received research grants from Boston Scientific, Medtronic, NIH, and St Jude Medical and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for Surgical Information Sciences.