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Movement Disorder Program

The Movement Disorder Surgery Program was established at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1993. The University of Kansas Medical Center was one of the primary centers for the investigation of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and Essential Tremor before approval by the FDA. The University of Kansas Medical Center remains a leader in the use and research of deep brain stimulation and other surgical procedures as treatment options for movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Essential Tremor and Dystonia.  

The University of Kansas Department of Neurosurgery has two surgeons who specialize in movement disorders: Jules Nazzaro, MDMichael Kinsman, MD, and Jennifer Cheng, MD. They all  work very closely with the neurology team led by Rajesh Pahwa, MD, Director of the University of Kansas Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center. The University of Kansas movement disorders surgical team includes neuroanesthesiology, neurology, neurophysiology, and operating room staff and hospital nurses with extensive experience specific to the procedures and patient management.   

Here is a video of a patiet with Essential Tremor who was asked to try to drink from a cup before and after electrode placement:


Last modified: Oct 10, 2018
Patient Care

KU Movement Disorder surgeon:

Make an appointment: 913-588-6122

KU Movement Disorder neurologist:

Make an appointment: 913-588-6782

Basic Scientist Collaborations:

Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D., Neuroplasticity