VA Establishes Six Parkinson’s Disease Centers


VA Establishes Six Parkinson’s Disease Centers

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one of the most common neurologic disorders.  It affects roughly 1.5 million Americans.  The main signs are tremor, stiffness of the body, slowness of movement, and difficulty with balance.  It is believed to be caused by a deficiency of a brain chemical called dopamine.  Although there is no cure for PD at the present time, some medication and surgical treatments can dramatically improve many of the symptoms.

The Veterans Health Administration treats an estimated 40,000 veterans with PD each year.  In 2001, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs strengthened its commitment to veterans with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and related movement disorders by establishing the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECCs) network.  This network supports six PD Centers of Excellence located in  Portland/Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Richmond, and Philadelphia (see map).  Each PADRECC is designed to deliver state-of-the art clinical care, innovative research, and outreach and education programs to its surrounding region, also referred to as their “service area”. Los Angeles (Southwest) PADRECC Director, Jeff Bronstein, MD, PhD
Phone: 310-268-3975

Parkinson’s Disease

The Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center

(PADRECC) at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Center

provides comprehensive care to patients with Parkinson’s disease

and other movement disorders.The Center specializes in applying

advanced surgical techniques to the treatment of —

·   Parkinson’s disease

·   essential tremor

·   dystonia

·   other movement disorders

Services Offered Services offered by the Center include —

extensive neurological and neurosurgical evaluation to determine if a

patient is an appropriate  candidate for surgical treatment

·systematic pre-operative testing of patients deemed to be candidates

for surgical treatment

  • surgical treatment
  • pallidotomy, a procedure which can signficantly improve most
  • signs of Parkinson’s disease  and thalamotomy,                                                                                               effective in reducing tremors

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For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, MSW, LCSW, BCD, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

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