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We provide inpatient and outpatient services for chronic diseases and disorders that affect your brain, spine and the nerves that connect them.

Neurologic care

We evaluate and treat many neurological illnesses and disorders such as:

  • Neuropathy (nerve damage), myelopathy and other spinal cord injuries, and radiculopathy (pinched nerves)
  • Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke, dementia and degenerative diseases
  • Other neurological conditions

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program (PDMD)

We provide compassionate care for Veterans with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders – such as Parkinson’s plus disorders, essential tremor and dystonia – so that you may live your most fulfilling life. This program includes medical, surgical and rehabilitation services.

The neurology and rehabilitation medicine departments use a shared care model for Veterans with a movement disorder. We use a lifelong care model and continue to follow you throughout the disease process.

Medical services

  • Neurology diagnoses movement disorders and provides medication. Neurology providers specializing in movement disorders also provide programming for deep brain stimulators (DBS) to maximize the effects of the device and each Veteran’s level of function.
  • Rehabilitation medicine performs a comprehensive assessment focused on your daily function. They may recommend one or more therapies to maximize your quality of life.

Surgical services

  • Deep brain stimulation surgery may be indicated as a treatment for certain movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor and dystonia.
  • DBS is now offered at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Talk to your neurologist to learn more.

Rehabilitation services

  • Regular follow up and interval check-ins throughout the disease process
  • 1:1 therapies (PT/OT/speech) in person and virtual
  • Home safety evaluations and equipment needs assessments
  • 10+ virtual groups for wellness/exercise and voice each week
  • Intensive programming

Intensive programming

Outpatient (in person and/or virtual)

Inpatient residential

  • Living Large Program: includes intensive therapies listed above during a 5-week inpatient stay within our Polytrauma Transitional Rehab Program (PTRP)
  • Living Large Program: refresher; this program is for you if you need a “tune up” with overall function and have completed intensive programming in the past. You must be independent with self-cares and mobility.

PDMD Resources

VA Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers (PADRECC)

VA created six specialized centers known as the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers, that are designed to serve the estimated 110,000 Veterans affected by PD through state-of-the-art clinical care, education, research and national outreach and advocacy.

Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson's Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure.

Parkinson’s Foundation and VA FAQ for Veterans with PD and Care Partners

LSVT Global

Evidence-based speech, physical and occupational therapies for Parkinson's, pediatrics, and other populations.

Parkinson’s Voice Project

Mission: To preserve the speech and communication of individuals with Parkinson’s and related neurological disorders through continuous speech therapy, follow-up support, research, education, and community awareness.

PDMD Program in the news

Minnesota Military Radio, Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery and Disabled American Veterans, January 30, 2022

Minneapolis VA Health Care System, First deep brain stimulator surgery at Minneapolis VA Medical Center, January 5, 2022


PDMD events

These educational events are VA or community-based.

June 21, 2022

July 13, 2022

  • Parkinson’s Awareness Day at Target Field: Community outing with Veterans and your VA PD and Movement Disorders team. Call Hillari at 612-467-3616 to sign up.

November 15, 2022

  • Surgical Options for Veterans with Parkinson’s Disease (live and virtual, free but must register): more details coming soon.

Events through Parkinson’s Foundation