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VA Post-residency Advanced Fellowship Program in Parkinson's Disease


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History and Purpose

Parkinson's disease is a serious health problem in the United States. It is a slowly progressive disease. While treatments exist, there is no cure for this debilitating disease. About 1.5 million Americans have the disease, and approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. VA medical centers treat at least 20,000 Parkinsonian patients each year.

In 2001, VA announced creation of six centers specializing in Parkinson's disease to better address the needs of veterans with Parkinson's disease. The centers, named Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (PADRECCs), were established at VA medical centers in Houston, Philadelphia, Portland, Richmond, San Francisco, and West Los Angeles.

Each center conducts research, education, and clinical care focusing on Parkinson's disease and movement disorders; and each center has a VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Parkinson's disease. The Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) started this
fellowship program to develop a cadre of physicians for academic leadership in this complex, interdisciplinary field.

Program Overview

The fellowship provides two years of post-residency research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible neurologists and neurosurgeons. Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in research and education and 25 percent in clinical care at the selected VA sites. Fellowship research experiences can include basic biomedicine, rehabilitation, health services delivery, clinical trials related to Parkinson's disease, and appropriate participation in a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of surgical implantation of deep brain stimulators in reducing the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments. Graduates are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative research, education, and clinical care in Parkinson's disease.

Fellowship Requirements

Eligible physicians must have graduated from an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency; be board certified or board eligible in neurology or neurosurgery; and have an active, unrestricted U.S. medical license. They must desire to lead healthcare in Parkinson's disease in the 21st century. International medical graduates must also have a current visa to participate in the program and an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate that is valid indefinitely. Applicants with a J-1 visa must have current ECFMG sponsorship to participate in the program.


To inquire about the application process and to learn more about the program, interested physicians should write to the site of their choice and send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to that site.

Fellowship Director Address List

Houston, TX

Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education & Clinical Center (PADRECC)
Director: Aliya I. Sarwar, MD   
Houston, TX PADRECC Center
VHA Houston PADRECC Center
2002 Holcombe, Office 2B-150
Houston, TX 77030
Telephone 713-794-8937

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.

Los Angeles, CA
VHA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Director: Indira Subramanian, MD   
Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
UCLA School of Medicine
11301 Wilshire Blvd.
Director: Movement Disorders
710 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Telephone 310-478-3711

 Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.

Philadelphia, PA, VAMC
Director: John Duda, MD 
Fellowship Director: Jayne Wilkinson, MD 
Administrative Officer: Dawn McHale
PADRECC Center Philadelphia
VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone 215-823-5800 ext.5934
Fax 215-823-5815


Research Focus: Non motor symptoms in Parkinson ’s disease

Portland, OR VAMC

Director: Joseph Quinn, MD 
Acting Administrative Officer: Susan O'Connor, RN 

Portland VA Medical Center
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road P-3-PADRECC
Portland, OR 97239
Telephone 503-721-1091
Fax 503-402-2961


Research Focus: The VA Special Fellowship Program in Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders provides two years of post-residency research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible neurologists. Rotations at the Portland VA Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) offer clinical exposure to a large volume of patients with Parkinson's Disease, dystonia, Huntington's disease, and other movement disorders as well as training in botullinum toxin injection clinics, neurogenetics clinic and deep brain stimulation (DBS) programming. Research opportunities include a variety of basic and clinical projects. Educational activities enhancing clinical training include journal clubs seminars and individual didactic sessions. In addition, fellows participate in the Human Investigations Program (HIP) at OHSU, leading to a Certificate of Training in Human Investigation, designed to meet the growing need for clinical investigators.

Richmond, VA
Interim Director: Jessica Lehosit, MD 
Administrative Officer: Cathy A. McGrady
PADRECC Center, Neurology Service (127)
VA Medical Center
1201 Broad Rock Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23249
Telephone 804-675-5931
Fax 804-675-5939


Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.

San Francisco, CA

PADRECC Director: Caroline M. Tanner, MD, PhD
Fellowship Director: Nicholas B. Galifianakis, MD, MPH 
Administrative Officer: Lorraine Anzaldo, BA 

PADRECC, Neurology Service (127)
Center for Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders
VA Medical Center
4150 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
Telephone 415-750-2100
Fax 415-750-6662


Research Focus: Diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, neuro-imaging, neuromodulation and deep brain stimulation.

Seattle, WA
Co-Director: Ali Samii, MD 
Co-Director: Cyrus P. Zabetian, MD, MS
PADRECC Center, Neurology Service (127)

PADRECC Fellowship Co-Directors
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

Telephone 206-277-3585
Fax 206-277-6167

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.