Movement Disorders: Functional Neurosurgery at Emory

Robert E. Gross, MDThe Emory Movement Disorders Center is a leading clinical and basic research center specializing in the treatment of movement disorders in both adult and pediatric patients. Recognized as a leader in the diagnosis, treatment and research of the full spectrum of movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, dystonia, essential tremor, Huntington's disease, and Tourette's syndrome, the Center sees more than 5,000 patients each year. We bring together clinical excellence and medical research and discoveries to provide the latest, most beneficial treatments available. Offering comprehensive services from diagnosis to rehabilitation, our neurosurgeons, neurologists, psychologists and researchers work together to tailor treatments for the specific needs of each patient.

Services Offered:

  • Comprehensive care clinic, a two-day program that includes assessment of movement symptoms, cognition, psychiatric symptoms and sleep patterns, as well as occupational, speech and physical therapy and consultation with a case workerState-of-the-art imaging services provided by experts in neuroradiology
  • Medical management of movement disorders
  • Botulinum toxin injection program for dystonia, hemifacial spasms and spasticity
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia, tremor and other disorders
  • LSVT® LOUD and BIG rehabilitation programs designed to assist patients with speech and movement issues

Patient Benefits:

  • Coordination of care between neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine, all of which can be accomplished within two days in the comprehensive care clinic
  • Expertise-specific treatments – Emory physicians see approximately 11,000 patients with movement disorders each year and perform more than 1,000 botulinum toxin injections and more than 100 DBS procedures annually
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation medicine programs certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Emory is the first institution in the nation to receive Center of Excellence designations from the American Parkinson's Disease Association and the Huntington's Disease Society of America
  • Access to clinical trials

Neurosurgery Physician Team:

Emory neurosurgeons Robert Gross, MD, PhDNicholas Boulis MD and Jon Willie, MD, PhD provide expert surgical care to patients of the Emory Movement Disorders Center. Beyond diagnosing and treating disorders, both physicians are at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the field.

Drs. Boulis and Gross are currently collaborating to develop gene therapy (delivery of growth and survival factors directly to brain cells) as an alternative to device-implantation for patients with chronic pain, spasticity and epilepsy. They are also exploring further application for deep brain stimulation, which shows promise for use with other conditions beyond Parkinson’s Disease, such as depression and epilepsy.

Nicholas M. Boulis, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Robert E. Gross, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery

Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery