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Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders
Friday, October 29, 2010 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Hubert Fernandez, MD, FAAN

  • Neurologist
  • Center for Neurological Restoration
  • Neurological Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

Millions of people in the United States have movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. Each body movement requires a series of interactions between the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Movement disorders are a result of abnormal brain function and come in a variety of involuntary movements that may be slow, awkward or deliberate. Therefore, purposeful movement can become difficult and at times embarrassing.

Many movement disorders are inherited, while the causes of others may be attributed to injuries, autoimmune diseases, infections and certain medications, or simply unknown. The most common types of movement disorders include: restless legs syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor, tics and dyskinesias. Incidence rates and demographics vary for different types of movement disorders.

Dr. Fernandez and the Center for Neurological Restoration at Cleveland Clinc physicians offer expertise and the total “team approach” in delivering the latest treatments for movement disorders to help people improve function and quality of life. Common treatment options include medications, therapy and surgical management.

Dr. Hubert Fernandez, M.D. is a neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic, and Section Head of Movement Disorders for the Center for Neurological Restoration. His specialties include pharmacological, nonpharmacological and surgical treatment of movement disorders; clinical trials, “nonmotor” aspects of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, such as dementia, depression, anxiety; hallucinations; Parkinson’s disease; Huntington’s disease; Tourette’s syndrome; tremors; dystonia; chorea; tics and gait disorders. He completed his medical degree in the Philippines , then finished his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania/ Pennsylvania Hospital, and residency in Neurology at Boston University/Boston Medical Center. He then completed his fellowship in Movement Disorders at Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He has authored/co-authored over 150 publications in Parkinson disease and Movement Disorders and is currently the Medical Editor of the Movement Disorders Society Website. Join us in a free online chat with Dr. Fernandez, a Cleveland Clinic neurologist, who will answer your questions regarding movement disorders.

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