The Parkinson’s Puzzle: Assembling the Pieces to Make a Diagnosis

Lecture Description
Parkinson’s disease was first medically described by Dr. James Parkinson in 1817 after he observed and examined six patients. Two hundred years since his initial description, the extent of discoveries and our knowledge of this condition have grown considerably.

Over the years, there has been advancement regarding pathology and etiology, along with development of pharmacological and surgical therapies. In addition, ancillary therapies, such as speech, physical, and occupational therapy, along with attention to caregiver needs, are recognized as essential components of multi-disciplinary management of this neurological condition.

This lecture includes a live demonstration of a detailed neurological examination of a patient and an interactive discussion with two movement disorder specialists about the approach to diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease.

Learner Outcomes:
  • •  Describe the historical perspectives and evolution of Parkinson’s.
  • •  Explain how a movement disorder specialist conducts a detailed neurological examination of a patient.
  • •  Discuss the essential components to a multi-disciplinary approach to managing Parkinson’s disease.

Shilpa Chitnis, MD, PhD & Erwin B. Montgomery, Jr., MD

Shilpa Chitnis, MD, PhD
Financial Relationship: Received an honorarium for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: Volunteer member of Parkinson Voice Project's Medical Advisory Board

Shilpa Chitnis, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is a clinician-educator focused on movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and essential tremor.

Dr. Chitnis serves as Director of the Movement Disorders Fellowship and as Associate Program Director for the Neurology Residency Program. She is the Medical Director of the deep brain stimulation program for movement disorders. She has authored and co-edited a handbook of movement disorders published by the Oxford American Neurological Library and has also authored multiple peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Chitnis serves on Parkinson Voice Project’s Medical Advisory Board.

Erwin B. Montgomery, Jr., MD
Financial Relationship: Received an honorarium for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: None

Erwin B. Montgomery, Jr., MD is the Medical Director of the Greenville Neuromodulation Center in Greenville, Pennsylvania. The center is a nonprofit organization for the advancement of neuromodulation therapy, in particular, deep brain stimulation. Dr. Montgomery has been an academic neurologist since 1981. He has served on the faculty of Washington University, the University of Arizona, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Alabama. Dr. Montgomery has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has authored five textbooks. He has also received numerous grants and awards.