Taking Care of Parkinson’s: Do's and Don’ts

Lectures are held at Parkinson Voice Project and will be streamed live on our home page and Facebook page at 10:30am (CT).
A video of this lecture will be posted online by August 16, 2019.


Shilpa Chitnis, MD, PhD


Lecture Description
Parkinson’s is a slowly progressive neurological disorder characterized by motor symptoms of slowness, stiffness, and tremor at rest. As the disease progresses, patients can develop non-motor symptoms which can be quite challenging and contribute to reduced quality of life. How patients take care of Parkinson’s right from the time of diagnosis influences how they will do long term. Management of Parkinson’s is multi-disciplinary, and although there are many providers (e.g neurologist, speech pathologist, physical therapist), a collaborative partnership between patients, family members, and the care team results in the best possible outcome for the patient.

This presentation will provide an insight into what those living with Parkinson’s should know to take very good care of themselves. We will discuss medications to avoid and how to prepare for a visit with the neurologist to make it most impactful. Lastly, we will discuss do’s and don’ts when being admitted to a hospital or preparing for surgery with anesthesia.

Learner Outcomes
• Discuss how “taking care” of Parkinson’s from the time of diagnosis can influence long-term results.
• List three “do’s and don’ts” related to Parkinson’s when preparing for hospitalization and surgery.
• Discuss medications to avoid for people with Parkinson’s.


Shilpa Chitnis, MD, PhD

Financial Relationship: Receives an honorarium for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: Volunteer member of Parkinson Voice Project's Medical Advisory Board

Shilpa Chitnis, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Chitnis received her medical degree from Grant Medical College in Bombay, India.  She completed her PhD in Pharmacology and Residency in Neurology from Tulane University and a Fellowship in Movement Disorders from Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical Center.

In 2010, Dr. Chitnis started the nationally renowned movement disorders fellowship program UT Southwestern. She also helped develop the Neuromodulation network, a multidisciplinary program for deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders and has authored and co-edited a handbook of movement disorders published by the Oxford American Neurological Library.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN) and American Neurological Association (FANA).  She is one of the four lead facilitators for the MDS-LEAP program, a program for young neurologists to take on leadership roles within the Movement Disorder Society.