Parkinson’s Disease and the Division of Movement Disorders
The Movement Disorders Division within the Yale Department of Neurology comprises physicians and scientists dedicated to the recognition, evaluation, treatment, and understanding of the full range of movement disorders. The Yale Movement Disorders Clinic provides consultations and care for patients with Parkinson's disease and related illnesses, tremor disorders, Huntington’s disease and other choreas, dystonias, tic disorders, myoclonus and other movement disorders either caused by primary nervous system dysfunction or secondary to medical illnesses and medications including tardive dyskinesias. The group has a special interest in primary and secondary ataxias, gait disorders, restless legs syndrome and stiff-person syndrome. The physician specialists also provide in-patient consultation to physicians at Yale–New Haven Hospital for the aforementioned movement disorders.
The treatment strategies include application of state of the art medications for treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The program also includes use of botulinum toxins for treatment of a variety of movement disorders, spasticity (secondary to stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or trauma), and pain.
Within the Yale Movement Disorders Division is the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Clinic, which provides patient screening before DBS surgery for refractory symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonias. During this clinic the movement disorder specialists work closely with the stereotactic neurosurgeons at Yale in preparation for DBS surgery and conduct DBS device programming and adjustments after surgery.
The Yale Movement Disorders Clinic is multidisciplinary and collaborates with clinicians and researchers associated with Yale Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Yale Neuropsychology, and Yale Neurogenetics. We have several ongoing clinical research studies, and all patients have the option to participate in one or more clinical trials. We are also an active teaching clinic and provide ongoing education in the area of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders to medical students, neurology and medical residents, and visiting physicians. We also have a fellowship program and train fellows in all aspects of movement disorders.
- Bahman Jabbari, MD, Division Chief, Professor of Neurology
- Duarte Machado, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology
- Diana Richardson, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology
To schedule an appointment or make a referral to the Yale Movement Disorders Clinic, please call (203) 737-5259 or (203) 785-4085, fax (203) 785-4937.
Our clinics are located at the Yale Physician's Building, 800 Howard Avenue, Lower Level, New Haven CT. Patients are scheduled between 8am to 4:30pm.
Postal inquiries can be sent to:
Yale Neurology Clinics
Yale Physician's Building
800 Howard Avenue, Lower Level
New Haven, CT 06510