Jefferson University Hospitals

Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience

Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Center

Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorder Center

Jefferson Health's Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center – part of the Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience – provides advanced care to patients living with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, spasticity,  dystonia, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders.

We treat the patient – not just the disease. As one of the largest of its kind in Philadelphia, our center and its team of neurologists and neurosurgeons are reimagining Parkinson’s disease treatments – through holistic, individualized clinical care and next-generation research that translates to future diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical options.

Center of Excellence

 Center of Excellence

Our Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Center is recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Parkinson’s Foundation. As a designated as a center of excellence, a medical center must have a specialized team of neurologists, movement disorder specialists, rehab professionals, mental health professionals and others with deep expertise in the latest Parkinson's disease medications, therapies and research to provide the best care.

Jefferson Health is home to one of approximately 48 centers in the world – with only 33 in the United States – all focused exclusively on Parkinson's disease.


Why Choose Jefferson for Parkinson's & Movement Disorder Care?

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Fast Facts:

million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's Disease
of adults 55 & older have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
is estimated to be diagnosed before age 50
times of men are more likely to have Parkinson's disease than women

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Webinar

Led by an esteemed team of healthcare providers from the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute of Neuroscience, this insightful, hour-long webinar delves into how Jefferson Health is treating movement disorders for their patients, and looking ahead with the ongoing research and groundbreaking advancements in the field. 


Welcome to BrainPossible

When it comes to the brain and spine, some neurological conditions seem impossible to solve. But at Jefferson Health, we think differently. Our world-renowned specialists apply science to tackle the toughest cases and the most complex neurological conditions. Because we don’t stop at unsolvable. We do BrainPossible. Learn More about our Specialists >

Expert Care in Movement Disorders

Most patients with a movement disorder take at least one oral medication. Our neurologists spend almost all of their time treating patients with movement disorders, providing the experience required to optimize your medication dosages. 

Jefferson Health offers a newer form of therapy called Duopa™– an improved form of carbidopa/levodopa for patients who experience long “off” periods on oral medication. Duopa™ involves placing a tube that leads to the small intestine, called a J-tube. A device releases carbidopa/levodopa into your intestine on a small but constant basis. For many patients, this reduces fluctuation in motor symptoms. 

We also provide an expert chemodenervation clinic. Chemodenervation can help with excessive eye twitching, drooling or dystonia (muscle spasms) in the jaw and feet. Our neurologists provide Botox®, Myobloc® or Xeomin® injections in our office. Most patients will see relief shortly after the injection. The medications typically work for three or four months.  

When patients do not respond to medications, our expert neurosurgeons provide deep brain stimulation (DBS) to reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and tremors by improving mobility, reducing involuntary movements and increasing an overall quality of life. With more than 20 years’ experience in DBS – and as the only health system in the region to offer Robotic DBS – we are leaders in Robotic Functional Neurosurgery expertise. Through the collaboration of the Center’s leadership, the Jefferson team continues to demonstrate a high level of coordinated care and programmatic integration.

Make an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a Jefferson Health specialist.