Impact of Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease:
A PMD Alliance Survey

Robert Hauser, MD. Dr. Robert Hauser is Professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, in Tampa, Florida. He serves as Director of the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, a Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. Dr. Hauser earned a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and completed neurology training at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Hauser completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of South Florida and became Center Director in 1994. Dr. Hauser has authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and is one of the world’s most cited Parkinson’s Disease investigators. He is Past Chairman of the Interventional Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology, has served on the executive committee of the Parkinson Study Group, and was a member of the steering committee for the NIH sponsored Neuroprotective Exploratory Trials in Parkinson’s Disease program (NET-PD). Dr. Hauser lectures frequently at scientific meetings and served as Chairman of the 2009 World Federation of Neurology International Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders. He has extensive expertise in clinical trial design and execution. Outcome measures that he developed have become the gold standard for use in clinical trials. He maintains an active patient practice and has been voted a Top Doctor by his peers every year since 1993. His primary research interest is the development of new medical and surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

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Neil Hermanowicz, MD.  Dr. Hermanowicz is a board-certified neurologist with fellowship training in Movement Disorders from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of Neurology, serves as the Director of the UC Irvine Program for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders, and is the Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurology. He spends the majority of his time in patient care, and is also engaged in clinical research, clinical trials and education. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Primary areas of interest include: Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, Huntington’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor and other tremors, restless leg syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, tic and tourettes syndromes, and spasticity.  Dr. Hermanowicz has published a variety of articles on movement disorders including cognitive motor learning in Parkinson’s, diagnosis, management and treatment of Parkinson disease.  He has contributed extensively to publications based on trials from multi-center studies.  He has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America and as a Physician of Excellence by US News.  Dr. Hermanowicz is passionate about teaching and educating the movement disorder community to more effectively advocate for themselves.   He brings a unique combination of extensive clinical excellence and compassionate care for patients and their loved ones to his clinical interaction.  He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, The Movement Disorders Society, Parkinson Study Group, Dystonia Study Group and Huntington Study Group.

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Sarah Jones, MPA, MS Strategic Design. With more than 25 years of experience leading non-profits and health care programs, Sarah is an energetic, visionary leader who continually seeks opportunities to increase impact and address unmet needs.  Her expertise extends to creating dynamic work cultures, systemic transformations, and blending passion for mission with innovative, high-quality business models.

Sarah has led Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance (PMD Alliance) since its inception in October 2015.  Dedicated to ensuring the whole system that surrounds a person with a movement disorder is cared for, she has pioneered the path for transforming the way movement disorders are viewed.  The wholistic vision of care and support is being adopted by other organizations nationally and internationally and continues to inspire and energize her and the talented team at PMD Alliance every day.

Sarah has a masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Strategic Design Management from Parsons, The New School. She has designed programs and led trainings for local, national and international audiences, including groups in Canada and Botswana. Driven by the belief that life is too short to just show up every day, she strives to create a world that we are excited to live in and be a part of.

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