Parkinson's Disease Department of Neurology The University of Chicago Medical Center Hospitals

 

STAFF DIRECTORY

Neurologists in our team are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders that manifest abnormal involuntary movements, such as Parkinson's disease, other parkinsonisms [such as progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA), cortical basal ganglionic degeneration (CBGD)], chorea (such as Huntington's disease), torsion dystonia, tics (including Tourette syndrome), tremor (such as essential tremor, cerebellar ataxia), hemifacial spasm, and other dyskinesias (abnormal involuntary movement disorders).  Therapeutic options offered include life style modification, pharmacological therapy, botulinum toxin injection, and surgical treatment including deep brain stimulation.  Physicians at the Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders are actively involved clinical and basic science research to advance the forefront of knowledge on these challenging diseases.  They also teach the next generation of physicians at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Un Jung Kang MD

Un Jung Kang, MD
Director of the Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
Professor of Neurology

Dr. Kang is a neurologist with specialty training in movement disorders and provides care for patients with these disorders. He is also interested in understanding the mechanism of neurodegenerative disorders and exploring new therapeutic modalities for brain repair through laboratory investigation. Further details of his background can be found on the Department of Neurology website and research programs are list on the Committee on Neurobiology and his laboratory websites. Dr. Kang received his MD degree from the Johns Hopkins University and trained for both neurology residency and fellowship in Parkinson's disease and movement disorders at The Neurological Institute of New York of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Kang is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a fellow of American Academy of Neurology, a member of American Neurological Association, Movement Disorder Society, Parkinson Study Group, Dystonia Study Group, and Huntington Study Group. His awards include Parkinson's Disease Foundation & United Parkinson Foundation Joint Junior Faculty Award and National Parkinson Foundation Richard E. Heikkila Research Scholar Award. He has served on review panels for National Institute of Health, Veterans Administration, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and on the Scientific Advisory Board for American Parkinson Disease Association and Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.

 

Richard Penn MD

Tao Xie, MD PhD
Medical Director of Movement Disorders Surgical Program
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Xie is a neurologist with specialty training in movement disorders and provides care for patients with these disorders. Dr. Xie studies the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of various movement disorders. He is actively involved in clinical trials for Parkinson's disease, PSP and HD. His laboratory research is focused on identifying and characterizing genes related to Parkinson's disease and dopaminergic neuron degeneration. Further details of his background can be found on the Department of Neurology website. Dr. Xie received his MD degree from Zhejiang University School of Medicine in China and trained in neurology at Emory University and fellowship in Parkinson's disease and movement disorders at The Neurological Institute of New York of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Xie is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a member of American Academy of Neurology and Movement Disorder Society.

 

Richard Penn MD

Peter Warnke, MD
Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Associate Professor of Surgery

Dr. Warnke is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon with expertise in oncological neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery and functional stereotactic surgery. He has performed more than 1,000 radiosurgical procedures.  Dr. Warnke is an active researcher focusing on the biology of central nervous system disease with an emphasis on the physiology of brain tumors, focal epilepsy and movement disorders.  Further details on his background can be found in the Department of Surgery website.

Dr. Warnke received his MD from University of Freiburg Medical School in Germany and trained in neurosurgery in Homburg in Germany and fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago.  He is a member of American Association of Neurological Surgeons and European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.