SARASOTA, Fla., August 27, 2012—The Parkinson Research Foundation has announced the arrival of Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, M.D., Ph.D. who will begin seeing patients in September at Parkinson Place, a facility that will focus on the improvement of the lives of persons living with Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Sanchez-Ramos, a professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fl., will be the first fellowship-trained Movement Disorders specialist in Sarasota.

“Fellowship training in Movement Disorders provides a distinct advantage in the diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease,” said Lawrence Hoffheimer, Chairman and Founder of the Parkinson Research Foundation. “One needs only to review what a fellowship training program entails and how it prepares young neurologists for managing complex movement disorders commonly seen during the course of Parkinson’s disease,” said Hoffheimer.

A Fellowship-trained Movement Disorders expert has undergone rigorous training after completing a Neurology residency program. The fellowship is typically two years in duration, with continuation in the second year dependent on the fellow’s performance. Fellows in Movement Disorders work directly with a clinical attending neurologist with expertise in Movement Disorders during their first year, no less than three half days per week, in order to master the skills of evaluating the full range of movement disorder patients. In some programs, the fellows are encouraged to participate in basic laboratory research several days a week — as Dr. Sanchez-Ramos has done — in preparation for a translational research program where basic research is applied to experimental therapeutics. Alternatively, fellows take courses in epidemiology and statistics, clinical trial design, Botox injection for dystonia and programming deep brain stimulators.

The overall goal of a movement disorder fellowship is to develop the next generation of experts in the diagnosis, management and experimental therapeutics of the entire spectrum of movement disorders. Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor are the most common of movement disorders, but dystonia, tics and myoclonus are also managed by movement disorders experts. Individuals who complete Fellowship training in movement disorders are also well prepared to assume leadership roles in academic Neurology.

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