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Dr. Litvan's bio
This content was provided by Dr. Litvan "Irene Litvan, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and director of the Movement Disorder Center at UC San Diego Health System. This center is a National Parkinson Foundation (NPF)-designated Center of Excellence. Dr. Litvan treats and diagnoses individuals with Parkinson’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, dementia with Lewy bodies, corticobasal degeneration, multiple system atrophy, Huntington’s disease, essential tremor, and frontotemporal dementias. She brings to the program over 30 years of experience in adult neurology, movement disorders and psychiatry. Throughout her career, she has played a pivotal role in improving the management of Parkinsonian and dementia disorders. Dr. Litvan's research focuses on a better understanding of Parkinsonian and dementia disorders and on the search for novel therapeutic approaches including symptomatic and disease modifying therapies, as well as novel technology for better management of these diseases. Dr. Litvan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, Fellow of the American Neurological Association and is an internationally recognized expert in movement disorders and dementia. She earned her medical degree from the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. She completed two residency programs in neurology, first at the Hospital de la Sta Creu i St Pau in Barcelona, Spain, and afterwards at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, where she was also a chief resident. Dr. Litvan completed a clinical fellowship in neuropsychology, and a research fellowship in dementia at the Hospital de la Sta Creu i St Pau, Barcelona, Spain. She competed a dementia and movement disorders research fellowship at the Experimental Therapeutics Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in Bethesda, MD, as well as one year of psychiatry at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, DC. She was a senior staff fellow in neuroepidemiology, at the NINDS, NIH. Dr. Litvan was director of the Division of Movement Disorders at the University of Louisville, KY, and Lebby Endowed Professor in Parkinson Disease and Research. There she developed the only NPF Center of Excellence in Kentucky. In 2011, she joined the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego to develop and direct the Movement Disorders Center and at that time became the Tasch Endowed Professor in Parkinson Disease Research. Under her direction, the Center has become a NPF Center of Excellence. This competitive designation is the highest recognition offered by NPF to a Parkinson’s specialty clinic and represents the consensus of leaders in the field that it is among the world’s leading centers for Parkinson’s research, outreach and care."
Neurological Movement Disorders
Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
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