Comprehensive Movement Disorders


Movement disorders are comprised of a variety of conditions resulting in abnormalities in the motor system. These include such disorders as Parkinson’s disease and other Parkinsonian syndromes, tremors, dystonia, tics, and Huntington’s disease. They can occur in all age groups from infancy to the elderly. In some cases, symptoms are restricted to problems in motor control while in other cases, cognitive and autonomic functions can be affected. UCLA first established its Movement Disorder Clinic in the 1960s under the direction of Charles Markham, M.D. Recently, the clinic has expanded into a multidisciplinary comprehensive program to address the diversity of needs of both patients and referring physicians. The also incorporates the nationally recognized Udall Parkinson's Disease Center and the APDA Center of Excellence. In addition, the UCLA/ West-LA, Southwest Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Care (PADRECC) was recently established as one of 6 VA Centers of Excellence approved in the country. The team consists of specialists in adult and pediatric disorders, neurobehavior, and stereotactic neurosurgery to provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and therapy for both adult and pediatric patients with movement disorders. In addition to patient education, medications, physical and occupational therapy, UCLA offers advanced techniques in Botox administration, neuroradiology, PET scanning, and deep brain stimulation. The goal of the Movement Disorder Program is to assist primary care physicians and neurologist in maximizing the quality of life of their patients and patient’s families. We are also very active in clinical research with ongoing trials in epidemiology, experimental medications, Transmagnetic stimulation (TMS) and DBS.

The educational opportunities are immense. Fellowship training will involves managing a large variety of
movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, Huntington and other genetic diseases, the dystonias and
spasticity. Fellows are involved in an active Parkinson's disease surgical program, clinical trials and learning
neurolysis with the botulinum toxins and basic science and clinical research opportunities are also available.

Send application requests to:

Jeff Bronstein M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Movement Disorders
UCLA School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
710 Westwood Plaza
Los Angles, CA 90095
(310) 206-9799
FAX: (310) 206-9819
Email: jbronste@ucla.edu


Fellowship Information


Fellowship Duration

1-2 years

Fellowship Salary

UCLA PGY V equivalent

Fellowship Application Period

Accepted 18 months prior to start date (we participate in the MODIF Match Network)

Typical Source of Funding

PADRECC (VA)

Number of Positions Funded Per Year

2

Is Program Conducted Entirely Within the Department of Neurology

Yes