Movement Disorders Center

Our specialized team can help restore function and enable people to return to or maintain a full and active life.

The Montefiore Neurological Surgery Movement Disorders Center's team with industry-leading experts working together to deliver the most advanced and innovative neurosurgical care for patients who suffer from movement disorders. Our program's strength is how well the multidisciplinary team collaborates for our patients, promoting an environment that encourages positive health outcomes.

The management of movement disorders is a multidisciplinary effort among specialists in neurosurgery, neurology and psychology.
Leading Surgeons

Our team has a number of noteworthy surgeons, including Dr. Emad Eskandar, MD, a world-renowned authority on deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. Dr. Eskandar has performed procedures for more than 1,000 patients and has published extensively on the topic.

Innovative Treatments

Montefiore has developed several effective neurosurgical treatments for movement disorders. By improving our understanding of both basal ganglia circuitry and evolving neurosurgical techniques, we have contributed greatly to how treatment is approached in our center and in care facilities around the world. With each discovery, we will move closer to fully restoring function for patients with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia or tremors.

Left: An MRI image demonstrates the different fiber tracts in the brain. This type of image is used to plan the optimal placement of deep brain stimulating electrodes, as illustrated in the inset (at right).
Surgical Targets

Currently, there are three surgical target areas in the brain for the treatment of movement disorders—the globus pallidus internus (GPi), the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and the ventralis intermedius nucleus (VIM) of the thalamus. Treatments can include the placement of a deep brain stimulating (DBS) electrode or creating small lesions with minimally invasive surgical technology.

World-Renowned Specialists

The Montefiore Movement Disorders Center leverages a multidisciplinary collaboration of talented physicians, surgeons, nurses and other specialists to help understand and successfully treat patients. Our program is built around our highly skilled team.

Neurosurgical Team Leader
Director of Movement Disorders Surgery
Meet the Movement Disorders Center Team

Conditions We Treat

Our movement disorders team treats a variety of conditions, a selection of which you will find listed below. In addition to these, we have experience in treating many other conditions. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation so that we can review and discuss your specific healthcare needs.

  • Dystonia
  • Essential tremor
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Tardive dystonia
Treatments We Offer

Treatment plans are designed to maximize our patients’ care, returning them to health as quickly as possible. For those seeking further information, we have included a few examples of the treatments we offer at the Montefiore Movement Disorders Center.

  • Baclofen pump
  • Botox
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the globus pallidus internus
  • Pallidotomy
  • Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation
  • Thalamic deep brain stimulation
  • Thalamotomy

Physician Referrals

Montefiore embraces a collaborative approach.
For patient referrals or consultations,
please contact us at (646) 877-8763.

Patients and Families

For more information about Montefiore's Department of Neurological Surgery,
please contact us at (718) 920-7400.