Podcast Episode 39: PD Across Race & Ethnicity: Outreach to the African American Community

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While Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects all races and ethnicities, not all communities recognize the disease equally. There is a perception in the African American community of PD as a disease attributed to older white men, and thus people may delay getting a diagnosis and help, leading to greater disability. These misperceptions may exist among healthcare professionals as well. Dr. Reversa Joseph, a movement disorders specialist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, says one approach to this problem is outreach and education, particularly when it comes to recognizing early symptoms of the disease. She describes the perceptions in the community and her efforts to raise awareness of PD.

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About This Episode

Released: October 9, 2018

Dr. Reversa Joseph

Dr. Reversa Joseph is a Board Certified Neurologist specializing in Movement Disorders. Dr. Joseph’s focus is treating patients with Parkinson’s disease using a comprehensive and integrative approach. Dr. Joseph received her Bachelors of Arts at Columbia University, Medical Degree at Georgetown University and completed her Neurology Residency training at Yale University. She pursued fellowship training in Movement Disorders with a focus in Deep Brain Stimulation and Botulinum Toxin Therapy at Georgetown University. Dr. Joseph has also completed a fellowship in Neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health where she focused on autonomic dysfunction in neurodegenerative disorders and researching biological markers to predict the development of Parkinson’s disease (PD). She has conducted clinical trials in cognitive disorders in PD and the use of Transcranial Direct Stimulation to improve mood, speech and gait in patients with PD. She serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Movement Disorder Specialist at Chalmers P. Wylie VA. Her current research interests include mindfulness based training for improvement of gait in Parkinson’s disease and developing an Integrative approach in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.


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