Michael S. Okun, M.D.
Author: Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life
Administrative Director, Co-Director, Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration
Professor, Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery
100 S Newell Drive, Room L3-100
Gainesville, FL 32610
PO Box 100236
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Michael S. Okun, MD, received his M.D. from the University of Florida where he graduated with Honors, and following residency he was trained at Emory University in basal ganglia physiology and movement disorders.
He is the Administrative Director and Co-director of the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration The center has over 40 interdisciplinary faculty members from 10 UF departments and 6 colleges. Dr. Okun has championed interdisciplinary care both at UF and in his role as the National Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation since his appointment in 2006.
Dr. Okun was a co-founder of the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration and has implemented its completely patient-centric approach to care. He is also the Medical Advisor for Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure, and the Co-Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA).
Dr. Okun has been supported by grants from the National Parkinson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Bachmann-Strauss Foundation, the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA), the Parkinson Alliance, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research. He is known internationally as the “Ask The Doctor” and for writing the What’s Hot column on the National Parkinson Foundation website.
Okun’s research career explores motor and non-motor basal ganglia brain areas. He has been a vital part of many studies exploring the cognitive, behavioral, and mood effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS). Okun is the Adelaide Lackner Professor of Neurology, and has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles. He is a poet (Lessons From the Bedside, 1995) and is an associate editor for the New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch Neurology. He has been invited to speak about Parkinson disease, Dystonia, Tourette, DBS and movement disorders all over the world.
Okun and Kelly Foote, M.D. (Professor of Neurosurgery) have both been featured in Smithsonian and on CNN Vital Signs with Sanjay Gupta for their innovative work in neurotechnology.
Okun’s most recent book: Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life has been translated into more than 20 languages worldwide and remains an Amazon.com bestseller and favorite among patients and families.
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