Movement Disorders 

Overview

Our Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, with its comprehensive medical and surgical therapies and experimental therapeutics arsenal, is unrivaled in the region and is internationally recognized for both its clinical and diverse research programs. With the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at Pennsylvania Hospital and one of only six national Centers of Excellence at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital, The Penn program continues to lead the way in reducing the impact of these disorders. In addition, we have a growing Huntington’s Disease Program, with cutting edge therapeutic trials and genetic counseling.

A 2-year Movement disorders fellowship is available at the Pennsylvania Hospital’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center and the Philadelphia VA’s Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Care Center (PADRECC).

Fellowship Curriculum

We pride ourselves in the flexibility of the program. The fellows’ time and experience are tailored to allow fellows to meet their career goals along with individual mentorship.

Clinical Education

In addition to the state-of-the art care offered by the movement disorder physicians at our center, our patient care team includes a social worker, clinical nurses, counselors, physical/occupational/speech therapists and a community outreach coordinator. This multidisciplinary, multifaceted approach to patient care provides an optimal learning environment for our fellows.

The program offers various opportunities for development of clinical skills ranging from the most common movement disorders to the rare and obscure. In addition to a general Movement Disorders clinical experience, which includes an extensive hands-on experience with chemodenervation and DBS programming, several specialized rotations are available. These include neuropsychiatry, ataxia, and pediatric movement disorders clinics. Education on physical and occupational therapy strategies for Parkinson’s and other Movement Disorders can also occur. The opportunity to participate in community outreach programs (such as support groups) is available and encouraged.

Fellows participate in various educational activities including weekly case discussions, bi-monthly topical educational sessions, monthly journal club, and monthly city-wide video rounds, among others.

Research

One of the main goals of the fellowship is to launch the careers of the next generation of Movement Disorders academicians. Early in the fellowship, research mentorship is established for fellows based on their interests. Clinical research opportunities include involvement in our highly productive Morris K. Udall Center for Parkinson’s Research. Other clinical research opportunities include exposure to clinical trials, epidemiology and health outcomes research. Fellows may choose to develop research interests in basic science (including the chance to work with the world-renowned investigators at the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease . Completion of a certificate in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics is encouraged. If fellows are interested in pursuing more advanced degrees starting the 2nd year of fellowship, there are opportunities through the Masters in Science in Clinical Epidemiology program, Masters in Translational Research, and Masters in Medical Education. Support for additional years of training to complete these degrees may be available.

Career Development

Fellows are supported early on with mentorship for career development. In addition to clinical education and research, fellows have the opportunity to teach medical students and residents and travel to national and international conferences.

Alumni

Alumnus Jori Fleisher, MD, MSCE, Assistant Professor of Neurology at NYU:
“The Movement Disorders Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania offered me unparalleled, one-on-one training with leaders in the field. Additionally, I had the flexibility to shape my training to fit my career interests. Penn’s movement disorders division has breadth and depth spanning from basic and translational research, neurogenetics, health services and epidemiologic research, and above all—outstanding patient-centered care and outreach services at the heart of everything. Having the opportunity to train with movement disorders experts at both Pennsylvania Hospital and the Philadelphia PADRECC was illuminating. I know that the mentors that I found at Penn will remain treasured colleagues for the rest of my career, and I’ve found that the past fellows—who make up a “Who’s Who” of our field—are all deeply grateful to their training at Penn, too. I am so proud to be a Penn alumnae. “

Application Process

We participate in the match program; please go to www.sfmatch.org for details on the application process. Interviews typically occur from June to August. Applicants must be eligible for medical licensure in the state of Pennsylvania.

Movement Disorders Faculty

Nabila Dahodwala, MD

Movement Disorders Fellowship Program Director
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Andrew Siderowf, MD, MSCE

Movement Disorders Division Chief
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Andres Deik, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Rizwan Akhtar, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Matthew Stern, MD

Co-Director, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
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Pedro Gonzalez-Alegre, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology
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Alice Chen-Plotkin, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology
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Allison Willis, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Meredith Spindler, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Mary Ann Thenganatt, MD










James Morley, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
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John Duda, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology
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Contact Information

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Neurology
3400 Spruce Street
3 W Gates
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Matthew Puhak
Program Coordinator
PennNeuroFellowships@uphs.upenn.edu
(267) 581-2989