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Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders

We help people with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

At the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at NYU Langone, our mission is to advance treatment, education, and research for Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. We take a humanistic, empathetic, and compassionate approach to care, which emphasizes the person, rather than the disease.

Our Fresco Institute team works closely with you and your family to develop customized treatment plans that fit your goals. We aim to provide the best treatments to control your symptoms and enhance your quality of life, while helping to connect you and your family to our innovative programs in the clinic, in the community, and in your home. These include psychosocial and psychological support services, personalized physical exercise programs, and specialized home services that are designed to enhance your life.

The Fresco Institute is also committed to research to improve our understanding of the nature of Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders. Researchers are actively investigating ways to better address symptoms and improve treatment options. Among these innovative treatments are experimental medications tested in clinical trials, new forms of deep brain stimulation, and groundbreaking noninvasive treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation.

The Fresco Institute is proud to be a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence since 2009 and to be a leader in Parkinson’s care. The Fresco Institute, originally named the NYU Langone Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, was founded in 2007 with the generous support of the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, which continues to support many of the Institute’s programs.

Learn more about how we diagnose and treat people with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders at NYU Langone.

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Rusk Rehabilitation

We provide people with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders with occupational and physical therapy, rehabilitation psychology, and speech-language therapy through NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation.

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Our Team

Our physicians are leaders in diagnosing and treating patients with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders.

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Our Leadership

  • Richard Tsien at Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders

    Richard W. Tsien, DPhil
    Scientific Director

    Dr. Tsien is the inaugural director of the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone, chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology at NYU School of Medicine, the Druckenmiller Professor of Neuroscience, professor of Neural Science at NYU, and emeritus faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Tsien is a world-renowned neuroscientist, a member of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. As scientific director of the Fresco Institute, Dr. Tsien’s involvement represents a critical link between clinical care for those with Parkinson’s and movement disorders and the basic neuroscience underlying these conditions.

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  • Amy Lemen at Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders

    Amy C. Lemen, MA, LCSW
    Program Director

    Ms. Lemen oversees all aspects of the Fresco Institute’s programs and services. She is a psychotherapist specializing in helping individuals, care partners, and families with the emotional adaptation of living with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, and is adjunct assistant professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is a co-founder of The Edmond J. Safra Interdisciplinary Home Visit Program for Parkinson’s disease and is the managing director of the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative.

  • Rodica Draghici at Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders

    Rodica Draghici
    Division Administrator

    Mrs. Draghici is the division administrator of the Fresco Institute. Mrs. Draghici’s experience, organizational skills, and dedication to the team are essential components in accomplishing the Fresco Institute’s mission of excellence in research and patient-centered care. She graduated from Polytechnic University of Bucharest with a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering. Mrs. Draghici has been an employee of NYU Langone since 2000, and has worked in the Division of Movement Disorders since 2006. She is recognized by her colleagues as a strong patient advocate, and in 2009, she received the NYU Langone Employee Excellence Award.

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