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Parkinson's Disease Program

The Parkinson’s Disease Center at Vanderbilt offers exceptional care for adults of all ages dealing with this neurological disorder. Our team provides a diagnosis, treatment and support to improve and maintain your quality of life. 

Parkinson’s disease (PD) can cause tremors, stiffness in the limbs and torso, slow movement and/or problems with balance and coordination. Our researchers are seeking new treatments and a cure. Meanwhile, our team of movement disorder experts can help you manage symptoms with a wide variety of therapies, personalized to your needs and goals.

Conditions We Treat

Meet Your Care Team

Amy E. Brown
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Amy E. BrownMD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
David Charles

David CharlesMD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
Daniel O. Claassen

Daniel O. ClaassenMD

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neurology, Neurosciences
Thomas L. Davis
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Thomas L. DavisMD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
John Y. Fang
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John Y. FangMD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
Andrew B. Giritharan

Andrew B. GiritharanMD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
Sarah K. Bick

Sarah K. BickMD

    Deep Brain Stimulation, Epilepsy, Essential Tremor, Movement Disorders, Neuralgia, Trigeminal, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Surgery
Dario J. Englot
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Dario J. EnglotMS, PhD, MD

    Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Neuralgia, Trigeminal, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Disorders, Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences
Hamid M. Shah
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Hamid M. ShahMD

    Cancer Pain Management, Cancer pain, Interventional Pain, Movement Disorders, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences

Why Choose Parkinson's Disease Program at Vanderbilt

  • Expert consultations

    We offer consultations, and we welcome referrals from patients, families and outside providers. We review your symptom progression, conduct a neurologic exam and then create a treatment plan customized to your disease.

  • Recognized care

    Vanderbilt is a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. This designation means we have been recognized for the level of care we provide for our patients. We have a specialized team of neurologists, movement disorder specialists, physical and occupational therapists, mental health professionals and others who understand the latest treatments and research. Having a team of experts from many specialties helps you manage your unique PD symptoms, so you can maintain your best possible quality of life

  • Knowledge and experience

    As a Center of Excellence, we care for more than 193,000 people with Parkinson’s. We help set the standards of care for this condition worldwide. Our scientists research ways to improve the lives of people with this condition.

  • Clinical trials

    As part of an academic medical center, we offer access to some of the most promising new approaches being tested in clinical trials. Find a clinical trial

  • Latest technology

    We are a national leader in using deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and essential tremor. In DBS, a neurosurgeon places a small electrode in the part of the brain controlling movement. Electrical pulses interrupt the way the neurons affected by Parkinson’s fire. This can reduce or eliminate Parkinson’s symptoms. Our experienced and specialized multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neurophysiologists, anesthesiologists, and physical therapists have pioneered innovative technologies to make DBS more accurate, safe, and effective. 

  • Outreach coordinator

    Our outreach coordinator works with everyone on Vanderbilt’s Parkinson’s team. She helps you and your family navigate treatment; alerts the medical team about any of your concerns; coordinates outreach services; supports clinical trials; and serves as a link between our center and the Parkinson’s Foundation.

  • Support groups and services

    People with Parkinson’s experience different symptoms. No matter which symptoms you are dealing with, education, exercise and support are key to living well. We offer workshops and support groups, including one specifically for people who were diagnosed very recently. To find the right resources for you, contact our outreach coordinator at (615) 936-5517.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Duopa pump
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    Medications
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    Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections
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    IV infusion therapy
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    Physical therapy
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    Occupational therapy
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    Speech therapy
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    Lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise

Locations (4)

1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 3930
Nashville, TN 37232
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1500 21st Avenue South, The Village at Vanderbilt, Suite 1506
Nashville, TN 37212
302 South Royal Oaks Boulevard
Franklin, TN 37064
5002 Crossings Circle, Suite 230
Mount Juliet, TN 37122

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