Our division consists of nine movement disorder neurologists who specialize in the full range of neurological disorders that affect movement, such as Parkinson's disease and other Parkinsonian disorders, essential tremor and other tremor disorders, dystonia, tics and Tourette syndrome, myoclonus, ataxias, and other movement disorders. We average seeing over 3,500 patients annually at the Comprehensive Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder Clinic located at The Kirklin Clinic at UAB.
We offer comprehensive diagnostic services and utilize a full range of treatment approaches including medications, physical, occupational and speech therapy, deep brain stimulation surgery, neuropsychological evaluations and treatment, and clinical trials testing new medical and surgical therapies, including "neuroprotective therapies" for PD. We also offer botulinum toxin injection therapy for dystonia, spasticity and other movement disorders.
We offer a two-year fellowship in movement disorders for at least two new fellows per year.
The Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center at UAB offers educational, emotional and political support to Parkinson disease patients and their families. Established in 1978, it is one of the oldest American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)-supported Parkinson disease information and referral centers in the United States with patient support groups established in all of the major cities in Alabama and also in some cities located in Mississippi and the Florida panhandle.
Several new options for patients with early and advanced Parkinson's disease are currently being investigated at UAB, while other therapeutic studies are targeting PD symptoms. In addition, researchers are involved in studies of a possible hereditary component of the disorder and potential disease markers in unaffected family members of Parkinsonian patients.
The newly created Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease Program of Excellence at UAB integrates the elements of research and clinical care for patients with dystonia and Parkinson's disease, including access to clinical trials which will advance the fields. The program will also facilitate the interactions between clinicians, basic scientists, and members of the community, and promote cross-culture efforts to translate new discoveries while training the next generation of dystonia and Parkinson disease clinicians and scientists.
For general questions about the division, contact:
Sparks Center, Suite 350
1720 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0017
For patient appointments, contact:
The Kirklin Clinic
For urgent physician referrals, contact: