Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center

Overview

The Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center provides multi-disciplinary care to patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor, Dystonia and other related conditions.  The center is composed of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, physical & speech/swallow therapists and others who deliver individualized care that optimizes medical and surgical therapies.

The movement disorders team evaluates patients in a comprehensive fast track” clinic where those considering deep brain stimulation, focused ultrasound, laser ablation, or other surgical options can learn about their disease and explore these possibilities.  Treatment plans are designed in a team-based fashion, and clinicians from neurosurgery and neurology often work together even in the operating room and MRI-suite to ensure optimal decision-making for maximal patient benefit.

Our doctors and other clinicians combine this patient-centered approach with the latest technologies to deliver the highest-quality, world-class care.  These technologies include “incision-less” focused ultrasound therapy, advanced deep brain stimulation with neural sensing, MRI-guided laser ablation, 3D-printed, patient-customized brain targeting systems and real-time, intra-operative neuro-imaging.

As members of the Brown University faculty, our clinicians not only apply the latest technologies to improve our patients’ lives, but we also conduct research to better understand these neurological disorders and to develop and test new therapies.  Ongoing studies include computational modeling, machine-learning decoding of neural activity, nonhuman models of cognitive processes, and patient-based clinical trials, among many others. 

Our talented, highly-experienced team and extraordinary technological resources enable the Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center to provide exceptional, unique care to individuals seeking to enhance their lives.

Our Team

Neurosurgery

Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Director, Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Program
Director, Cognitive Neuro-physiology and Neuro-modulation Laboratory

Neurology

Umer Akbar, MD, Movement Disorders Specialist, Neurology
Victoria Chang, MD, Movement Disorders Specialist, Neurology
Joseph Friedman, MD, Director, Movement Disorders Center, Neurology

Neuropsychology

Jennifer Davis, PhD

Conditions We Treat

Technology

Custom 3D-Printed Targeting Platforms

Deep Brain Stimulation

Focused Ultrasound

BrainLab AIRO Mobile CT Scanner with Navigation System

News

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Rhode Island Hospital
Ambulatory Patient Center
(APC) 6
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
401-793-9128
401-444-2661