Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center

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* Information on Novel Coronavirus from Penn Medicine *


We would like to inform you we are still learning about the novel coronavirus. As of now, we know everyone can get COVID-19, as it is very contagious. The issue is that, once you have it, risk factors for severe disease include being older and having previous conditions, such as lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes. There is no specific comment made about Parkinson’s Disease so far. We would strongly recommend everyone to stay home, avoid close contact with others (I.e., no visiting neighbors, etc.) and only go out if absolutely needed to buy food, medications, etc., again avoiding close contact. No restaurants, gym, social gatherings, etc.

If you would like to learn more about COVID-19 and PD, please visit the Parkinson’s Foundation at the link listed below.


The University of Pennsylvania's Department of Neurology provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management for all types of movement disorders. Movement disorders are complex neurological disorders that affect your ability to produce and control bodily movements. Movement disorders occur when changes in the brain cause either abnormal, excessive, involuntary movements or slower, delayed movements.

Recognized by the Parkinson Foundation as one of 45 worldwide Centers of Excellence, the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center (PD&MDC) is one of the largest of its kind in the country and the most pre-eminent in the Philadelphia region, providing care to thousands of patients each year.

Types of Movement Disorders

  • Dystonia (including spasmodic torticollis)
  • Essential tremor
  • Huntington's disease
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinson's disease*
  • Atypical parkinsonisms
    • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
    • Multiple System Atrophy
    • Corticobasal syndrome
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia and other ataxia disorders
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders

To learn more about Parkinson's Disease and other resources click here!

A Brief History of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center

Dr. Hurtig and Dr. Stern, co-founders PD&MDC

Founded at the late, great Graduate Hospital in 1982 by Drs. Howard Hurtig and Matthew Stern, and Nurse Gwyn Vernon, as a center to provide comprehensive care and education to patients and families, and to conduct clinical and basic research in collaboration with basic scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (now the Perelman SOM).  After 15 years of steady and expanded growth of its fundamental mission, the PD&MDC moved in 1997 to the Penn Neurological Institute at Pennsylvania Hospital, where patient services and program development accelerated to achieve its current status as one of premier facilities of its kind in the US and a Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.

The scope of the Center’s portfolio now includes the most advanced medical therapies provided by highly trained specialists, opportunities for patients and families to participate in clinical research, expert physical rehabilitation at the Dan Aaron Rehab Program, psychological counseling, and access to educational programs and a network of support groups.  As a key division of the Perelman SOM’s Department of Neurology, the PD&MDC educates medical students, residents in Neurology and post-residency neurologists planning a specialized career in movement disorders.