Parkinson’s Disease and Related Movement Disorders


Dr. Paul Fishman new picPaul S. Fishman, MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurology, Pharmacology and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of Neurology for the Maryland VA Health Care System. He received a doctorate in Neurobiology from Yale University, a medical degree from Johns Hopkins, and trained in Neurology and Cell Biology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.  His clinical and research interests include new therapeutics for Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative diseases, and he has authored over 100 publications. As Director of Research for the Department of Neurology he leads a basic research group investigating neuroprotective proteins and stem cell therapeutics for neurodegenerative disease.  As a clinician he established the program for neurotoxin treatment of movement disorders, is the co-founder of the Deep Brain Stimulation program and founded the Alzheimer’s Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is listed in Best Doctors in America, is former Chair of the Parkinson’s Disease review group for VA Biomedical Research, past Chair of the University of Maryland IRB for supervision of human research and is co-founder of the Medical-Scientific Board of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland.

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Internship: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center- General Medicine
Neurology Residency: Columbia Univ.- New York Presbyterian Medical Center
Loyola University Medical Center - Neurology
Fellowship: Columbia Univ.- New York Presbyterian Medical Center - Neurology
PhD: Yale University
Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Photo of Doctor Stephen G. Reich, M.D. Stephen Reich, MD specializes in movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and related syndromes (progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal syndrome, multiple system atrophy), tremor, chorea, dystonia and drug-induced movement disorders, among others. He also sees patients in general neurology including gait disorders and dizziness.  He holds the Frederick Henry Prince Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at the University of Maryland.

Special Interests 
Parkinson’s disease
Parkinsonian syndromes (progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, corticobasal syndrome)
Dystonia (including treatment with botulinum toxin)
Gait disorders
Education: Tulane University 
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Internship: Mt. Sinai Hospital Cleveland, Ohio- Internal Medicine
Neurology Residency: Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio
Fellowship: The Johns Hopkins Hospital – Movement Disorders 
Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology 

Photo of Doctor Lisa ShulmanLisa M. Shulman, MD is a neurologist specializing in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. In addition to neurology, her diverse background includes training in nursing, education and health policy. She is the Eugenia Brin Professor of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders and the Rosalyn Newman Distinguished Scholar in Parkinson Disease.  Dr. Shulman serves as Treasurer of the American Academy of Neurology and Director of the University of Maryland Movement Disorders Center. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Neurology and the Board of Trustees of the American Brain Foundation.

Dr. Shulman’s major research interest is the impact of chronic neurologic diseases such as Parkinson disease on daily function and quality of life.  Related interests include outcomes measurement, exercise interventions, and cognitive/behavioral problems in Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders.  She has served as investigator in numerous investigator-initiated and sponsored clinical trials including trials of exercise interventions in Parkinson disease, development of new outcome measures and investigation of the genetics of Parkinson disease. Dr. Shulman serves as Principal Investigator for the NIH PROMIS Initiative (Patient-reported Outcomes Information System) to develop a measure of Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions.

Dr. Shulman is Editor-in-Chief of Neurology Now Books and co-author of the reference book Parkinson’s Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families.  She is author or editor of 15 books, 30 chapters, 130 peer-reviewed publications and 150 abstracts.

Clinical Practice Special Interests
Management of Parkinson disease and parkinsonism, dystonia, tremor, chorea, tics, myoclonus, gait disorders, tardive dyskinesia, dementia, memory disorders and Botulinum toxin injections for movement disorders 
Research Interests 
The effects of movement and memory disorders on daily function and quality of life
Exercise interventions, gait problems, self-management, self-efficacy, caregiver strain, outcomes 
Outcomes research, outcomes measurement and health disparities 
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 
Internship: Mount Sinai Medical Center of Miami Beach - General Medicine 
Neurology Residency: University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital  
University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital - Neurology/Movement Disorders 
American Academy of Neurology– Public Policy Fellow in the US House of Representatives 
Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology  

von coellnF. Rainer von Coelln, Dr. med. was born and grew up in Germany, and received his medical degree ("Dr. med.", equivalent to the U.S. degree of MD/PhD) from University of Heidelberg, Germany in 1997. He did his neurology residency at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. This included a clinical and scientific focus on movement disorders and neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Parkinson disease (PD), dystonia, and dementia. During his residency, he completed several ambitious projects in bench research and clinical research, focused on pre-clinical and clinical aspects of PD and dystonia.

In 2001, Dr. von Coelln interrupted his training in Tuebingen for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Ted Dawson at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), working on animal models of genetic forms of PD. After completing residency in Germany in 2008, and a brief transition period of clinical duties in Tuebingen, he joined the Movement Disorder division at JHU for a clinical fellowship in 2009. In order to be in a position to continue his clinical work as a licensed and board-certified physician in the U.S. medical system, he decided to do another neurology residency here in the U.S., at the University of Maryland Medical Center Baltimore. Dr. von Coelln finished this additional clinical training in 2014, and subsequently accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Movement Disorder Division of the Department of Neurology at University of Maryland School of Medicine. During his last year of residency, Dr. von Coelln successfully applied for a Clinical Research Training Fellowship by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Brain Foundation (ABF). This career development grant is centered on his current project in clinical neurogenetics, aiming to identify genetic factors that determine the variable clinical presentation of PD.

Clinically, he is focused on the diagnosis and management of PD and "PD look-alikes", as well as other movement disorders (including dystonia, ataxia, tics, chorea, and other involuntary movements) and cognitive impairment/dementia. 

Special Interests 
Parkinson’s disease and “PD look-alikes” including PSP, MSA, and CBS
Genetics of Parkinson’s disease 
Other Movement Disorders (dystonia, ataxia, tics, chorea and other involuntary movements)

Cognitive impairment/dementia

Medical School: Ruprecht-Karls University- Heidelberg, Germany 
Internship: Harbor Hospital Baltimore, Maryland 
Neurology Residency: University of Tuebingen Medical School- Germany
University of Maryland Medical System  
Fellowship: The Johns Hopkins Hospital- Movement Disorders
Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology 
Board-certified Neurologist- Germany 


Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, PhD joined the Movement Disorders Division in August of 2014 and has served as the clinical neuropsychologist for the Deep Brain Stimulation Program. Her other clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment of neurodegeneration including Parkinson’s disease. Her primary research interests are in cognitive aspects of skilled movements in aging, stroke and neurodegenerative disease utilizing neuropsychological, behavioral and functional neuroimaging techniques. She is PI of a federally funded research project exploring the plasticity of multisensory movement representations following stroke recovery (NIH-NCMRR).

Movement Disorders Fellow

Dronacharya Lamichhane, MD is a fellow in the department of Movement Disorders. He completed his residency from the University of Iowa, and medical school from Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal. He is mainly interested in cognitive aspects of Parkinson's disease. In addition to seeing movement disorder patients under the supervision of specialists, he is also involved in writing several articles and projects. He plans to pursue academic career in Movement Disorders sub-specialty after the completion of fellowship.

Multidisciplinary Team

Alyssa Andrews, MSW, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker with the Neurology Ambulatory Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. As part of the interdisciplinary staff, she works to address the emotional and social impact of Parkinson's Disease in the lives of patients and family members. She provides short term solutions-focused interventions to address concrete needs such as coordination of services, as well as counseling and support for patients and families as they adjust to life with Parkinson's Disease at any stage.

Sharon K. Powell, R.N., M.P.H. joined the Movement Disorders Division in April of 2006 and serves as a Nurse Educator and the Deep Brain Stimulation Coordinator. She is a registered nurse with a Master’s in Public Health. Her prior clinical and research experience has been in clinical drug trials, cognitive evaluations and memory enhancement.

For more information about the University of Maryland Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, or to make an appointment, call the University Physicians Consultation and Referral Service at 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).

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