We help people with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders achieve the highest possible quality of life.
NYU Langone's Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center helps people and families living with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders to access the best possible medical care and enhance their quality of life.
We take a humanistic, empathetic, and compassionate approach to healthcare that emphasizes the person, rather than the disease. In our view, your relationship with your healthcare provider is as important as your treatments and support services.
The Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center has multiple, interrelated aspects: an expert care team; an active research program; and social workers who coordinate support and wellness programs both on-site and in the community.
The 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 center’s programs. We have continued to grow with the support of families, patients, private foundations, and the community. We have also received many research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other public organizations.
We are proud to be a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence since 2009, and to be leaders in Parkinson’s care. We are working with other national and international organizations to create better and more life-affirming methods of care, and to develop new and improved treatments.
Your Care Team
As people with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders go through their treatment journey, we are committed to providing the right care at the right time. Our team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiatrists, social workers, psychotherapists, and psychologists talks with you and your family about your treatment goals. From there, we develop a plan based on your specific symptoms and level of functioning.
Our goal is to optimize your abilities by providing the best treatments to control your symptoms and enhance your quality of life.
We help connect patients to personalized exercise programs, provide psychosocial and psychological support for patients and families, and identify resources in the community that may increase personal wellbeing. As an academic research center, we are also pioneering new medical and surgical treatments for Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.
The Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center is committed to research to better understand 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 drugs tested in clinical trials, new forms of deep brain stimulation, and groundbreaking noninvasive treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation.
We know that living with a chronic illness can be very challenging. Our social workers are available to help you through clinical care and programs that emphasize multifaceted support, exercise, integrative health, education, wellness, and creative expression.
In addition, the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center is proud of its unique medical- community partnership with the JCC Manhattan. The Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program—NYC provides comprehensive wellness care in a vibrant community hub. The program includes a broad range of exercise classes, support groups, educational events, and other wellness-focused programs that are available to you and your family.
More About Our Center
Rusk RehabilitationWe provide people with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders with occupational and physical therapy, rehabilitation psychology, and speech-language therapies through NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation.
Our physicians are leaders in diagnosing and treating patients with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders.Meet Our Doctors
Alessandro Di Rocco, MD
Director and Division Chief | Neurology
Dr. Di Rocco is chief of the Division of Movement Disorders, director of the Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center, and professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Di Rocco's main academic interest is understanding mechanism or plasticity in Parkinson's disease and developing more effective treatments and interventions to affect survival and quality of life.View Full Profile
Rebecca M. Gilbert, MD, PHD
Associate Director of Education | Neurology
Dr. Gilbert runs the NYU Movement Disorders Fellowship and is active in neurology resident and medical student teaching. She lectures to various departments at NYU and outside NYU on topics related to Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders. She also coordinates the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center’s continuing medical education courses.View Full Profile
Amy C Lemen, MA, LCSW, C-ASWCM
Associate Director of Community Services
Ms. Lemen oversees all aspects of the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center’s support and community services program. She is a clinical provider of psychotherapeutic services, specializing in work with individuals, care partners, and families living with Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative illnesses. She is the managing director of the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative.
Melissa J. Nirenberg, MD, PHD
Associate Director of Clinical Services | Neurology
Dr. Nirenberg has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, and is actively involved in teaching, research, and clinical oversight of the center. She is associate director of the NYU Langone Neurology Residency Program.View Full Profile
Miroslaw S. Brys, MD, PHD
Associate Director for Clinical Research | Neurology
Dr. Brys is a neurologist with subspecialty training in movement disorders. He supervises research operation of the center and conducts clinical trials of experimental medications and devices for treatment of movement disorders. He also runs the clinical neurophysiology/Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation laboratory.View Full Profile
Mrs. Draghici has been with the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center since its inception. Her experience, organizational skills, and dedication to the team are essential components in accomplishing our mission of excellence in patient-centered care. In 2009, she was voted NYU Langone Employee of the Year by her peers.