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The mission of our Movement Disorders Fellowship at UAB is to train neurologists to become experts in diagnosing and treating movement disorders. The Department of Neurology at UAB has been training fellows in movement disorders since 2003. The fellows gain expertise in diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s disease, atypical Parkinsonian syndromes, dystonia, tremor, Huntington’s disease, chorea, myoclonus, ballism, Tourette syndrome, tics, restless legs syndrome, functional disorders, gait disorders, and other movement disorders.

Through teaching and didactics sessions, the fellows learn pathophysiology of movement disorders and develop a deeper understanding of the pharmacological, surgical, physiotherapeutic, and other treatment approaches to movement disorders. UAB is the only Movement Disorders Program in the State of Alabama, and we also serve patients from Mississippi and parts of Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana. The overall catchment area includes more than 7 million people, which allows for a wide range of pathology and clinical training for our fellows. We have 12 fellowship-trained movement disorders faculty, who have divisional support from four nurse practitioners, three nurses, a medical assistant, and several additional research and clinical care coordinators. In addition to exposure to general movement disorders clinics, fellows will also gain experience in subspecialty clinics (Huntington’s disease, botulinum toxin injections, ataxia, DBS programming, pediatric movement disorders) and intraoperative DBS procedure and placement.

We also provide many opportunities for fellows to become involved in clinical and/or translational research during fellowship.

We welcome you to learn more about our program by selecting the headings listed on the left and to contact us with any questions. 

dean_marissa.jpgFellowship Program Director

Marissa Dean, M.D.
Associate Professor
UAB Department of Neurology


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