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 13 fellowship-trained movement disorders faculty, who have divisional support from three 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.

In addition, there are many opportunities for fellows to become involved in clinical and/or translational research during fellowship. 

We offer a two-year fellowship in movement disorders beginning July 1 of each year. UAB has a comprehensive movement disorders program, led by David G. Standaert, M.D., Ph.D. and we have positions and funding available for at least two new fellows per year.

Tracks

Clinical Training Track

Fellows focus on developing skills in clinical care, including patient evaluation, management, and treatment. There will be opportunities to develop expertise in botulinum toxin use and deep brain stimulation. There will also be opportunities to develop expertise in clinical research through formal training in research design and methodology as well as participation in ongoing trials.

Laboratory Research Training Track

Fellows will combine focused clinical training in movement disorders with basic and translational laboratory studies.

To Apply

Send curriculum vitae, a brief statement of career goals, and name of three references to:

Fellowship Program Director

 natividad stover

Natividad P. Stover, M.D.
Associate Professor
UAB Department of Neurology
npstover@uab.edu

Associate Program Director

 dean marissa

Marissa Dean, M.D.
Assistant Professor
UAB Department of Neurology
mndean@uabmc.edu