Excellent Choices for Parkinson’s Disease Care

Excellent Choices for Parkinson’s Disease Care

Sherri Journeying Through

While searching for a movement disorders doctor, I happened upon a government listing for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Centers of Excellence, which fascinated me.

According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, PD Centers of Excellence deliver care worldwide to more than 127,000 patients. The centers “advance research to improve the lives of everyone with Parkinson’s treated at centers and beyond, and for future generations.” They also “provide patient education programs, community outreach programs and specialized Parkinson’s training for healthcare professionals.” The movement disorders team at each hospital must fulfill a list of criteria, which in turn leads to these specific centers being recognized by their medical peers as “leaders in PD care.”

The Parkinson’s Foundation says that folks from all the centers come together at least once a year to bring the latest information or offer updates on care initiatives and research. Each center is required to be recertified every three years, in a process that includes looking at the accomplishments of each center.

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I was amazed. The patients who can see a movement disorder specialist in one of these centers must be so well taken care of. I think one of the main reasons is that there are accountability and integrity within these organizations. What does that mean to us as patients? We are better cared for, and the care we receive should be, according to their mission, top quality.

I happened upon a Center of Excellence because one of my doctors was a part of one. I can vouch for the fact that they truly exemplify “excellence.”

If you are not satisfied with the care you are receiving, feel your medical team may not be up to date with the latest care for you as their patient, or you just want to see if a change in care is warranted, get in touch with one near you (see the listings below). It’s definitely worth the call and maybe even the drive.

Centers of Excellence in the United States


– Barrow Neurological Institute, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center


– University of Southern California, Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders Center

– University of California, San Francisco, Parkinson’s Disease Clinic and Research Center (415) 476-9276

– The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, Sunnyvale, (408) 542-5646

District of Columbia

– Georgetown University Hospital, (202) 444-2333


– University of Florida, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Department of Neurology, (352) 273-5550

– University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center

– University of South Florida, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, (813) 844-4547


– Health Sciences University, Department of Neurology, (706) 721-2798


– Northwestern University, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Chicago, (312) 503-4397

– Rush University Medical Center, Chicago


– University of Kansas Medical Center, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center, (913) 588-7179


– University of Louisville, Movement Disorder Program, (502) 852-3655


– Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, (410) 955-8795


– Massachusetts General Hospital, Wang Ambulatory Care Center, (617) 724-9234

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, (617) 667-2699


– Struthers Parkinson’s Center, (952)993-5214

New York

– SUNY Downstate Medical Center/Kings County Hospital, Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders Clinic, (718) 270-7371

– Beth Israel Medical Center, The Movement Disorders Center, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, (212) 844-6134

– Columbia University Medical Center, New York

– Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Bendheim Parkinson and Movement Disorder, (212) 241-2477

– NYU Langone Medical Center, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, (646) 505-5744

– University of Rochester Medical Center, Movement and Inherited Neurological Disorders Unit, (585) 276-3987

North Carolina

– University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, (919) 966-5549

– Duke University Medical Center, Department of Neurology, (919) 684-5128


– Oregon Health and Science University, Parkinson Center of Oregon, (503) 494-5620


– University of Pennsylvania, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, (215) 829-7273


– Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Parkinson’s Disease Center, (615) 936-5517


– Baylor College of Medicine, Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, (713) 798-3951


– Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center, (425) 899-3123


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Sherri was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease over 15 years ago. She can be found working in her garden, going for walks, taking pictures, or reading books to her three favorite grandkids. Sherri is taking life somewhat slower, and perhaps with guarded steps, but she’s not giving in.
Sherri was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease over 15 years ago. She can be found working in her garden, going for walks, taking pictures, or reading books to her three favorite grandkids. Sherri is taking life somewhat slower, and perhaps with guarded steps, but she’s not giving in.

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    • Don- There are centers globally. Here are the ones for Canada:

      McGill Parkinson Program*
      University of Western Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre
      University of Calgary
      University of Alberta*
      Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre, University of British Columbia
      Toronto Western Hospital Movement Disorders Center*

      Good luck!

  1. Rebekah says:

    I live in Chicago and while I take advantage of their outreach, the travesty is that neither of these centers take ACA plans or Medicaid so only the wealthy or those on Medicare can access their doctors. Our medical system is so messed up.

  2. Nancy Kobylarz says:


  3. Saraswathi Srinivasan (Sarah) says:

    We live in Michigan. I don’t see any centers here. what can I do to get help for my husband? His main symptoms are hallucinations and falls that happen out of the blue. Thank you.

  4. Mishka says:

    Good day I am writing to you from South Africa, my mom has Parkinson’s disease she is in a terrible state, the surgeons in our country are postponing her surgery and she is in severe pain and agony daily, we are prepared to fly anywhere in the world to get her the help she needs, we are just tired of the delays she is in her worst stages we will do Anything so she can somehow have a chance at a normal life and normal quality of life

  5. Shreshta saraf says:

    My mother is having symptoms : her foot locks while walking with help of attendant, always look tense,forgetting bits from the things even happened in recent past,getting weak day by day,sleeping problem at night,her hands unable to handle even cup of tea for a long.

  6. My husband was diagnosed Jan 1019 he shuffles and is stooped has a stooped posture and his speech is thick handwriting very small. And has a small hand tremor I notice is getting worse lately. He is doing speech therapy and is no no medications. Seems Drs just gave us the news and then that’s it. He’s still working but we are afraid they will let him go he’s. They are having a hard time understanding him. We live in davie Florida he works in lauderdale. Looking for something that will give us the feeling we r doing something right. We google videos and well. He works comes home and collapses on the couch has dinner and goes to bed.

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