Inpatient consultation services for patients with movement disorders and Parkinson’s disease are provided at Jackson Memorial Hospital through the Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, a division of the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and led by Dr. Carlos Singer.
Jackson Memorial has an active program for implanting deep brain stimulation (DBS), a surgical treatment involving the implantation of a medical device called a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain. DBS can offer therapeutic benefits for patients who suffer from movement and affective disorders including chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, tremor and dystonia.
In their leadership roles as director of the functional program and director of IntraOperative Monitoring and DBS, respectively, Drs. Jonathan Jagid and Bruno Vincenzo Gallo have successfully completed 184 consecutive cases as of March 2009. Dr. Gallo is also the principle investigator on a DBS research trial with IRB approval at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital for Parkinson’s disease.
The DBS team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, anesthesiologists, research personnel and therapists.