For a person newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a second opinion from a movement disorders specialist can be a valuable endeavor. It may help to confirm the diagnosis, discover a different condition leading to the symptoms the person is experiencing, or address any lingering unanswered questions from the person’s encounter with the first physician especially if there was any discomfort with the interaction. In this podcast, Dr. Carlos Singer, Director of the Division of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders and the Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida, describes the importance of getting a second opinion and his approach during the visit, which can be a good guide for what people should expect or ask when they see the second physician. He also talks about how different people come to terms with and accept their new diagnosis.
- Living with Parkinson’s: Advice for the Newly Diagnosed
- Parkinson’s Disease: Frequently Asked Questions (book)
- For Caregivers: Beginning Your Journey with Parkinson’s
- Living with Parkinson’s: I’ve Got Parkinson’s…Now What?
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About This Episode
Released: February 12, 2019
Carlos Singer, MD
Dr. Carlos Singer is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Division of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders of the University of Miami, designated as a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. He received his medical degree from the Central University of Venezuela in 1972. This was followed by training in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburg and in Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Singer received additional training in Electromyography and in Movement Disorders at the University of Miami.
In 2011, Dr. Singer was the recipient of the Faculty Hero Award by the University of Miami Medical Group for his patient-centered service. He has chaired the working group on "Non-Motor Manifestations of Parkinson Disease” of the Parkinson Study Group from 2006 to 2010 and is currently a member of the Huntington Study Group Nominating Committee as well as the Education Committee of the Pan-American Section of the Movement Disorders Society. He serves in the editorial board of the Journal of Neurological Sciences and the Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders and is currently co-editing an issue on Parkinson’s Disease to be published by the journal “Clinics in Geriatric Medicine” (Elsevier Publishers).
For more insights on this topic, listen to our podcast episode “Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence: What Does it Take and What Does it Mean?”