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Movement Disorders and Parkinson's Program
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The Movement Disorders Program provides surgical management of:
. Parkinsonís disease
. Dystonia (pediatric and adult, including spasmodic torticollis)
. Essential tremor
. Post-stroke tremor
. Spasticity (pediatric and adult)
UCSF is home to Northern Californiaís largest program for the treatment of Parkinsonís disease. Our affiliated program at the San Francisco Veteransí Affairs Medical Center is one of only six Parkinsonís Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (PADRECC) established by the U.S. Department of Veteransí Affairs. A team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropyschologists, and clinical nurse specialists work to provide excellent clinical care to patients and to improve their quality of life.
Surgery can often improve symptoms and lessen pain for patients with movement disorders. The stereotactic and functional neurosurgery techniques used to treat movement disorders at UCSF include:
. Implantation of deep brain stimulators for Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and essential   tremor
. Selective denervation for spasmodic torticollis
. Selective rhizotomy for spasticity
. Implantation of baclofen infusion pumps for spasticity
FAQ for patients: Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's disease
FAQ for patients: Deep Brain Stimulation for Dystonia
Guidelines for referring neurologists: Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's disease
We also participate in several clinical trials of new therapies for movement disorders, including clinical trials for Parkinsonís disease, dystonia, and essential tremor. For more information on enrolling in clinical trials, contact the Department of Neurological Surgery clinic at (415) 353-7500.
Faculty - Functional Neurosurgery Programs
Nicholas M. Barbaro MD
Philip A. Starr MD, PhD
Chief of Neurosurgery, SFVAMC
Paul S. Larson MD
Neurological Surgery Practitioner
Daniel A. Lim MD, PhD
Neurology Practitioners
William Marks, Jr. MD
Jill Ostrem MD
G. Alec Glass MD
Pediatric Practitioners
Kurtis Auguste MD
Nalin Gupta MD, PhD
Pediatric Consultant
Warwick J. Peacock MD
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Monica Volz RN
Robin Taylor RN
Susan Heath RN
Research Coordinator
Jamie Grace
Functional Neurosurgery Programs
Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Pain, Nerve Injury
Department of Neurological Surgery
University of California San Francisco
UCSF Medical Center, A-808
400 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0350
San Francisco, CA 94143-0350
tel 415.353.7500; fax 415.353.2889

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