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Rush Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program

The Rush Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program is one of the largest and oldest such centers in the country.

Extensive experience, team approach

The program's staff includes movement disorder specialists, psychiatrists and neuropsychologists focused on movement disorders, and expert nursing staff.

Our expert faculty provide evaluation, diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for the full spectrum of movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia, atypical parkinsonism, ataxia, Tourette syndromedystonia, and unusual and functional movement disorders, among others.

Parkinson's disease Center of ExcellenceParkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence logo

Rush has been designated as a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence. 

As a Center of Excellence, Rush is part of a group of the world's leading Parkinson's specialists who are focused on changing the course of the disease, and are widely renowned for outstanding performance in Parkinson's research, care and outreach. 

Parkinson's disease and movement disorders CurePSP Center of Care

Rush's Section of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders has been designated a CurePSP Center of Care by CurePSP Inc.

Centers of Care serve as leading sources of information and support for patients, their caregivers, researchers and health care professionals on neurodegenerative conditions. The recognition was given for excellence in care of and advancement in therapies for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal degeneration  (CBD) patients.

Huntington's disease Center of Excellence

A key component of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program is the Huntington's disease program, which offers personalized, multidisciplinary care for people who have or at risk for the disease.Huntington's Disease Society of America Center of Excellence logo

Rush has been designated by the Huntington's Disease Society of America as a Center of Excellence since 2005. We were the first program in Illinois to receive this designation and are currently one of only 46 HD Centers of Excellence nationwide.

The HDSA Centers of Excellence provide an elite team approach to Huntington's disease care and research. Patients benefit from expert neurologists, psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, counselors and other professionals who have extensive experience working with families affected by HD, and who work collaboratively to help families plan the best HD care program throughout the course of the disease. 

Tourette syndrome Center of Excellence

Rush has also been selected as a Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence, which is given to institutions that offer the highest level of care, are undertaking groundbreaking research, are leaders in training and education, and/or provide exceptional community outreach and advocacy for Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders.

We are proud to be the first center in Illinois to receive this prestigous designation. 

Comprehensive, holistic services

Clinicians at Rush understand that a comprehensive and holistic approach is important for providing the best care for our patients. That's why, in addition to treating motor symptoms, our center focuses on the cognitive, behavioral and emotional aspects of movement disorders that can significantly affect your quality of life.

Using this holistic approach to care, our team addresses both the motor and nonmotor symptoms through the following:

Second opinions: The program welcomes the opportunity to provide second opinions to ensure you are receiving the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs.

Two new treatment options address the problem of delayed drug absorption that Parkinson’s causes. 

A neurologist at Rush who specializes in movement disorders predicts there will be significant breakthroughs over the next decade in treating Parkinson's.

Deep brain stimulation delivers electrical charges to the areas of the brain that control movement, overriding the wrong signals that cause tremors in Parkinson's disease patients.