Sunday, November 2, 2008

LSU Establishes Multidisciplinary Parkinson's Services

Prior to hurricane Katrina, there was a Parkinson's Center at LSUHSC in New Orleans. In fact, the website is still up. Unfortunately, none of those doctors still work at LSU. The Department of Neurology is still trying to recruit someone to fill the endowed chair in movement disorders, but the multidisciplinary team has already largely formed. With enthsiastic involvement from the Department of Neurosurgery, which has the majority of it's faculty at West Jefferson Medical Center, a team including physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, nursing, neurology, neurosurgery, psychology and psychiatry has come together to provide a comprehensive approach to patients with PD.

It's early in the process, but close cooperation with the Culicchia Neurological Clinic, and neurologist Charles Fiore has been key.

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