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Movement Disorders Fellowship (Arizona)

Department and Faculty

The Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona is a highly integrated, collaborative department of neurologists who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of conditions and diseases affecting the nervous system. The department has a number of specialty clinics comprised of professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by neurologic diseases.

Neurology physicians are also engaged in research projects involving their areas of interest, including new and investigational drugs. The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center is an integral part of the Department of Neurology that is committed to the comprehensive care of persons affected by Parkinson's Disease, tremor, dystonia, Huntington's disease, and other movement disorders.

Multiple research studies also are under way. The center is comprised of an integrated team, including neurologists, a nurse practitioner, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Specialized treatments including oral medications, botulinum toxin, and deep brain stimulation surgery are employed.

The goal of the team is to provide excellent compassionate care to each patient while improving quality of life.

Each consultant has considerable experience in evaluating and treating patients with complex neurological disorders, and each has individual clinical and research interests and expertise.

The staff has collectively published hundreds of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and contributed towards many well-known books.

Specific expertise of members of the staff and the reputation of Mayo Clinic leads to a high-volume practice with a high proportion of patients with complex and challenging medical problems. The experience of the staff, coupled with the high-quality, integrated and efficient practices of all clinical and laboratory specialties, makes Mayo Clinic one of the finest clinical practices of medicine in the world.

Program director

You will receive guidance from the program director, who will provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. The program director also serves as a contact point, introducing you and your family to Mayo Clinic and the communities in which you will train.

Faculty

Erika Driver-Dunckley, M.D.

Erika Driver-Dunckley, M.D.

Program Director

Medical school: University of Arizona College of Medicine

Residency: Neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute

Fellowship: Movement Disorders, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Interests:

  • Parkinson's disease 
  • Epigenetics of neurodegeneration
  • Brain wellness
  • Essential tremor
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Botulinum toxin for dystonia and spasticity
  • Functional movement disorders
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Charles Adler, M.D., Ph.D.

Charles Adler, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology

Medical school: New York University School of Medicine

Residency: Neurology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Fellowship: Movement Disorder Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

Interests:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dystonia
  • Tremor
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Other movement disorders
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Investigational drug therapy
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John Caviness, M.D.

John Caviness, M.D.

Professor of Neurology

Medical school: School of Medicine, Indiana University

Residency: Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Fellowship: Electroencephalography, Movement Disorders, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Interests:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Myoclonus
  • Chorea
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Huntington's disease
  • Electrophysiology of movement disorders
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Shyamal Mehta, M.D., Ph.D.

Shyamal Mehta, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology

Medical school: N.D.M.V.P. Samaj's Medical College, University of Pune

Residency: Neurology, Medical College of Georgia

Fellowship: Movement disorders, Medical College of Georgia

Interests:

  • Movement disorders
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Visiting professors 

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during scheduled conferences. Residents and fellows are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities to interact with experts from other academic centers.