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Un Jung Kang, MD

  • Specialty: Parkinson's and Movement Disorders
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-4838
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About Me

I’ve always been fascinated by how our brains allow us to think, move, and experience the world, and how these seemingly universal abilities can be significantly impacted by brain disorders. My interests led me to receive training in both clinical skills and basic experimental sciences of movement disorders.

As a physician–scientist at NYU Langone, I provide care for people who have Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders, including tremor, tics, dystonia, and Huntington’s disease, using the best available treatments.

I’m the director of translational research at the Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at NYU Langone, where I strive to learn more about how disease affects patients in their daily lives on an individual level. I apply my knowledge and clinical bedside experience to my research to further discover the underlying mechanisms of disease. These insights help me understand what patients experience, so I can provide them with the best possible approach to care.

Before joining NYU Langone, I created and led a multidisciplinary team of basic researchers and clinical experts at the University of Chicago for two decades. More recently, I was the chief of the division of movement disorders in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University.

Conditions and Treatments

  • essential tremor
  • tic disorder
  • Parkinson's disease
  • ataxia
  • dystonia
  • Lewy body dementia
  • multiple system atrophy
  • chorea
  • progressive supranuclear palsy
  • spasmodic dysphonia


  • Founders Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology
  • Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology
  • Director, Translational Research, Department of Neurology
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Neurology, 1987
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, NY Presbyterian - Columbia University Medical Center, Movement Disorders, 1987
  • Residency, NY Presbyterian - Columbia University Medical Center, Neurology, 1986
  • MD from Johns Hopkins University, 1982

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Locations and Appointments

NYU Movement Disorders

222 East 41st Street
New York, NY 10017



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Research My Research


Parkinson's disease, movement disorders, basal ganglia circuit, neural plasticity, catecholamine, biomarkers

Research Summary

My research is a part of multidisciplinary effort by a team of basic and clinical scientists to understand the mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease (PD) and related movement disorders.  I pioneered experimental gene therapy approaches to replace dopamine for PD.  My laboratory research now focuses on understanding how brain circuitry is perturbed by the dopamine loss and by pharmacological treatment in mouse models of PD.  We hope to understand the mechanisms of exercise, rehabilitation, medication, and surgical intervention in PD.  We are also exploring circuitry mechanisms underlying gait and freezing and non-motor symptoms of PD that have not been adequately addressed by the current therapies. 

In addition, we are interested in the molecular dysfunctions that contribute to neuronal degeneration in PD and translating this knowledge into PD-specific biomarkers that can help us to predict, diagnose, and understand heterogeneity of Parkinson’s disease better. These tools may allow us to improve our individualized care of patients and facilitate the development of new therapies.


Academic Contact

Academic office

435 E 30th Street, Science Building

13th floor, 1305

New York, NY 10016

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