Parkinson’s Disease Center
The BU Parkinson’s Disease Center was established in 1978. It consists of several programs that have been designed to offer comprehensive care to individuals and their families. Committed long-term contact provides patients who participate in the Center with individualized care and access to the newest developments rising from research and education programs. In addition to specialized clinical care, individuals may choose to participate in the latest clinical trials investigating new medications and therapies treating Parkinson’s disease.
The Center offers the most current and innovative medical and surgical treatments available. Individuals who suspect they have Parkinson’s disease or have already been diagnosed with PD receive a comprehensive evaluation from a movement disorder specialist. A plan of care is developed which involves medication management, patient and family teaching and referral to rehabilitation specialists or special programs. A psychologist and a social worker are available for patient and family support. Botulinum toxin injections are administered to individuals with focal dystonias, torticollis, hemifacial spasm, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
In addition to outpatient clinical care, specialized programs exist including the Parkinson’s Day Program, the DBS Surgical Program, and an Autonomic Nervous System Disorder Laboratory. Center staff collaborate with Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital and Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Boston Medical Center has been designated an Advanced Center of Parkinson Research, and a Parkinson’s disease Information and Referral Center, by the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. Complementary research programs exist in neurogenetics, experimental neuropathology including animal models of neurodegenerative disease, neurological epidemiology, neuropsychology, neurotoxicology, and Molecular neuropharmacology. Faculty and staff are active members of the Parkinson Study Group, a consortium of academic and clinical research centers.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment please call (617) 638-8456 or (617) 638-7737 and ask to speak to a coordinator of the PD program.