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Meet Dr. Michael S. Okun, our National Medical Director

Dr. Michael S. Okun, National Medical Director

Dr. Michael Okun is dedicated to the concept of interdisciplinary care, and since his appointment as the National Medical Director for the Parkinson's Foundation in 2006, he has worked with the Centers of Excellence to help foster the best possible environments for care, research and outreach in Parkinson's disease. He is a leading national spokesperson for Parkinson's disease, and has been extensively quoted in The New York Times, Wall St. Journal, USA Today, CNN and other media.

Dr. Okun runs the popular Ask the Doctor forum on Parkinson.org, the NPF website, and writes a monthly blog on hot issues in research and care. He has dedicated much of his career to helping in the development of care centers for people suffering with movement disorders, but has also has enjoyed a prolific research career exploring non-motor basal ganglia brain features and he has participated in some of the pioneering studies exploring the cognitive, behavioral, and mood effects of brain stimulation.

He is Chair of Neurology and Co-director of the Movement Disorders Center located within the McKnight Brain Institute and the University of Florida College of Medicine. The center is unique in that it is comprised of over 25 interdisciplinary faculty members from diverse areas of campus, all of whom are dedicated to care, outreach, education and research.

Michael S. Okun, MD, received his B.A. in History from Florida State University, and his M.D. from the University of Florida where he graduated with Honors. Dr. Okun completed an internship and Neurology residency at the University of Florida. Following residency he was trained at Emory University, one of the world's leading centers for movement disorders research, in both general movement disorders and in microelectrode recording/surgical treatments.

Dr. Okun holds the Adelaide Lackner Associate Professorship in Neurology, has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, is a published poet (Lessons From the Bedside, 1995), and has served as a reviewer for more than 25 major medical journals. He has been invited to speak about Parkinson's disease and movement disorders in various regions throughout the world. He is currently a faculty and founding member for SUPPORT-PD, which aims to bring functional Parkinson and Movement Disorders Surgery to "countries in need" around the globe.

Publications

10 Secrets to a Happier Life (2013)
This book focuses on the secrets that help people with Parkinson's live with happiness. Order your copy today for a dose of inspiration, faith and hope.

10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease (2015)
This book provides patients and families with the latest information on the potential breakthrough therapies for Parkinson's disease. Order your copy today and stay in the know about cutting-edge Parkinson's treatments.