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About Michael S. Okun, MD

Michael S. Okun, MD

Michael S. Okun, MD, received his M.D. from the University of Florida where he graduated with Honors.  Dr. Okun completed an internship and Neurology residency at the University of Florida.  Following residency he was trained at Emory University, one of the world’s leading centers for movement disorders research.  He is currently Chairman of Neurology, Professor and Co-director of the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He was recently recognized at the White House as a Champion of Change for Parkinson’s disease. The center at UF is unique in that it is comprised of 40+ interdisciplinary faculty members from diverse areas of campus, all of whom are dedicated to care, outreach, education and research. He was instrumental in the construction of a one-stop patient-centered clinical-research experience for national and international patients seen at the University of Florida. Dr. Okun is the National Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation and has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Smallwood Foundation, the Tourette Syndrome Association, the Parkinson Alliance, the Bachmann-Strauss Foundation, the National Parkinson Foundation, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Dr. Okun has enjoyed a prolific research career exploring non-motor basal ganglia brain features and currently holds two NIH R01’s on deep brain stimulation.  He has been an integral part of some of the pioneering studies exploring the cognitive, behavioral, and mood effects of brain stimulation.  Dr. Okun holds the Adelaide Lackner Professorship in Neurology and has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles.  He is a poet (Lessons From the Bedside, 1995) and his book, Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life, was translated into over 20 languages. His latest book, 10 Breakthrough Therapies in Parkinson’s disease has just been published.

Dr. Okun has been collaborating with Drs Hegland, Hicks, Plowman, and Humbert in speech and swallowing issues in basal ganglia disorders and also in the effects of deep brain stimulation.