Stephanie Bissonnette, DO, MPH

Assistant Professor of Neurology

  • Title Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Office Department of Neurology, BUMC
  • Education University of New England (DO)
    Boston University (MPH)

Educational Background & Clinical Care

Dr. Stephanie Bissonnette is an Assistant Professor board-certified in Neurology and is fellowship trained in Movement Disorders. She completed her residency at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus and a Movement Disorder Fellowship here at Boston University Medical Center (BUMC). She specializes in the diagnosis and management of individuals who have Parkinson’s disease (PD), Atypical Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease (HD), dystonia, ataxia, Essential Tremor (ET) and other movement disorders. She is experienced in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) including patient selection, evaluation, and post-operative programming. She is skilled in the use of botulinum-toxin injections in movement disorders.

Research

Dr. Bissonnette’s research interests include the study of pharmacologic therapies aimed at improving a person’s symptoms and quality of life. She is currently the Boston University Principal Investigator for the Valbenazine study in Huntington disease patients. She is a co-investigator with the Michael J Fox Foundation Parkinson Progressive Marker Initiative, a study designed to identify biomarkers in Parkinson’s disease. She has also been funded to study diverse populations living with movement disorders and is currently a Principal Investigator of Fire-Up PD. She is an investigator member of the Parkinson Study Group and the Huntington’s Study Group.

Teaching and Mentoring

Dr. Bissonnette is passionate about teaching and is the associate program director of the Boston University Neurological Residency Program. She also directs the Global Health program in Neurology and has visited Haiti with an interdisciplinary team. Dr. Bissonnette was involved in the development of Boston University’s Partners in Parkinson’s program, which connects first-year medical students with patients and families living with Parkinson’s.

Community Outreach

Dr. Bissonnette lectures frequently to health professionals as well as patients and families. She directs the Echo project, providing information to health professionals about Huntington’s disease. She has actively participated in the APDA Parkinson’s Good Start Program, Care partner program, and support group network and other programs within the BUMC American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center. Dr. Bissonnette is also a Board Member for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter.

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