Welcome from the Director

Message from the Program Director, Stewart A. Factor, DO

Emory University is a leading clinical and basic research center for Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders including dystonia, essential tremor, Huntington's Disease, and Tourette's syndrome. As a part of the Emory School of Medicine, our Center serves as a major referral center for both adult and pediatric patients in Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and the Southeastern United States.

Our patient’s lives are improved from the synergy found in a setting like Emory. We bring together medical discoveries through research and provide the newest, most beneficial treatments available that range from diagnosis to rehabilitation. Our neurosurgeons, neurologists, psychologists and researchers work together to tailor treatment for the specific needs of each patient.

The twelve clinical faculty members in Emory Movement Disorder program see approximately 5,000 patients annually of which 3,000 have Parkinson’s disease or parkinsonism, making this probably the single largest specialty group for this condition in the world. 

The program is internationally recognized for the pioneering work of Drs. Mahlon DeLong, Thomas Wichmann and others in the group who played integral part in the discovery of brain circuitry changes relating to Parkinson’s disease which lead to novel surgical therapies that were brought into clinical practice worldwide. The Emory program is also internationally recognized for its advanced work on the role of pesticides and other environmental influences in Parkinson’s disease, as well as being the central site for the Dystonia Coalition. 

It would be impossible to list here all the ways we have enhanced our delivery of care to patients and family members. This work is possible with the help of individuals such as yourself. We’ve made outstanding progress, but we haven't uncovered every opportunity. Each discovery brings us closer to unlocking the answers to neurological brain disorders.   It’s gratifying to have your support and vote of confidence in our ability to make a difference.  Our only hope for change is to work collectively on the issues we know no one can tackle alone.