Florida Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence

The University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration was created in July 2002 and remains one of the most vibrant, most collaborative, and most rapidly growing Centers in the McKnight Brain Institute and College of Medicine’s enterprise. Since the launch of the center the growth has been exponential. It now forms the core of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases.

The Parkinson Foundation’s Centers of Excellence are chosen by a peer-review committee that bases designation on an individual center’s demonstrated excellence, their resources, and their dedication to Parkinson research, clinical care and outreach initiatives. COEs are renewed competitively every three years and now site visited and certified.

Movement Disorders Group

What makes our Parkinson’s Center of Excellence unique

Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence logoThe University of Florida Health PF Center of Excellence is under the leadership of Irene Malaty, M.D. The independent reviewers and PF staff cited UF as one of the leading centers in the COE network stating that the UF Center was among one of the truly interdisciplinary clinical-research enterprises in the entire network. UF has been cited as, “a place for other centers to visit, to see how well care and research can be delivered.”

With the support of the Parkinson Foundation and the designation as a Center of Excellence, plus other foundation, federal, pharmaceutical, and philanthropic support, we have grown our team to include support from the University of Florida including the

  • McKnight Brain Institute
  • Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Clinical Health and Psychology
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Epidemiology and Health Policy Research
  • Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Social Work
  • Rehabilitiation Medicine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nutrition

What this means is that our Parkinson patients can see specialists from many disciplines at the Fixel Institute and participate in a wide variety of research projects.

Each of the departments above has made substantial commitments of personnel and resources to ensure the COE charter is fully supported and remains comprehensive.

The center offers a world-class patient-centric interdisciplinary experience and also world-class training for fellows and young doctors of all disciplines. Over 1000 patients with Parkinson’s disease are seen and followed annually.

Highlights of the UF Health Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence

Over 10 Interdisciplinary specialists can see our Parkinson disease patients

Over 50 Research studies available for patients

1000 Deep Brain Stimulation leads implanted for Parkinson disease

  • The potential to get your Parkinson’s treatment from over 10 interdisciplinary specialists in a single day on a single floor of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases
  • Doctors Almeida, Okun, and Spears
    Drs. Almeida and Okun and former fellow Dr. Spears during deep brain stimulation surgery.
    The world-renowned fast-track interdisciplinary work-up and care for deep brain stimulation surgery (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
  • On-site MRI
  • On-site speech & swallowing treatment
  • On-site rehabilitation (physical therapy & occupational therapy)
  • Parkinson’s Disease Day Center for Patient Education
  • A yearly Parkinson’s Disease educational symposium (watch previous talks)
  • Expert Botulinum Toxin Clinic
  • Expert Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Troubleshooting clinic where people travel from all over the world for diagnosis and management of DBS related problems or issues
  • Interdisciplinary complex case conference every month to address the most difficult management issues
  • Weekly video rounds and didactics for staff, doctors, and scientists
  • Home to one of the world’s largest movement disorders databases (INFORM-PD)
  • Part of the Parkinson Foundation International Quality Improvement Initiative Database
  • Home to over 50 research studies and also many basic science laboratories including stem cells, gene therapy, imaging, DBS, and protein processing science
  • Train multiple doctors in clinical-research fellowships each year, and train scores of graduate students for their masters and PhD degrees (focusing on Parkinson’s disease)
  • Actively serving patients from Florida & Georgia & around the world
  • Free Parkinson’s Disease exercise classes
  • Free Parkinson’s Disease Dance for Life Program


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