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Mark Baron

Mark S. Baron

Professor of Neurology

Director, Southeast/ Richmond Veterans Affairs Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center (PADRECC)

Location

Clinical Office - (804) 662-9185
Billy Reynolds Jr. Building
6605 W. Broad Street, Suite C
Richmond, Virginia 23230

“I feel most fortunate to be able to combine my dual passions of caring for patients and carrying out research investigations. I am actively pursuing a number of clinical and laboratory studies which evolved largely from experiences gained from seeing patients. In turn, I incorporate skills gained in the laboratory to, for example, map the electrical activity of deep brain regions to guide placement of deep brain stimulation probes during surgeries for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders."

Education

  • Clinical/ Research Fellowship in Movement Disorders & Motor Control, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Residency in Neurology, Boston City Hospital
  • Internship in Medicine, Saint Vincent Hospital
  • M.D., Medical College of Georgia
  • B.A., Chemistry, Emory University

Licenses

  • Virginia state medical license
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Specializations

  • Caring for a wide range of movement disorder patients
  • Intra-operative neurophysiology monitoring for deep brain stimulation surgery for movement disorders
  • Clinical research: includes, sensitive eye movement tracking as a means to diagnose various movement disorders
  • Laboratory research: pathophysiological mechanisms of dystonia and other movement disorders

Research interests

  • Clinical research: includes, sensitive eye movement tracking as a means to diagnose various movement disorders
  • Laboratory research: pathophysiological mechanisms of dystonia and other movement disorders

Professional affiliations

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Movement Disorders Society
  • Virginia Neurological Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • International Basal Ganglia Society
  • Parkinson’s Study Group

Recent professional achievements

  • East Coast Movement Disorders Lead for Veterans Affairs Integrated Neurology Project, clinical pilot to advance Telehealth and electronic based education for the care veterans, 2012-present.
  • Dept of Veterans Affairs BLR&D Merit Review award, “Pathophysiology of  Dystonia (6/11-5/15)
  • Director, Richmond/Southeast Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC), 2005-present

Recent publications

  • Gitchel, G.T., Wetzel, P.A., Baron M.S., Slowed saccades and increased square wave jerks in essential tremor, Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov 2013; 3: http://tremorjournal.org/article/view/178.
  • Baron, M.S., Gitchel, G.T., Wetzel, P.A., Ocular tremor in Parkinson’s Disease is due to eye, not head oscillation. Letters: Published Articles, Mov Disord 28, 844, 2013
  • Gitchel, G.T., Wetzel, P.A., Baron M.S., Pervasive ocular tremor in patients with Parkinson’s disease, Arch Neurol 2012 April 9. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Baron M.S., Chaniary, K.D., Rice, A.C., Shapiro, S.M, Multi-neuronal recordings in the basal ganglia in dystonic rats. Front Syst Neurosci 2011:5:67.
  • Chaniary, K.D., Baron M.S., Robinson, P., Rice, A.C., Shapiro, S.M. A novel stereotaxic apparatus for neuronal recordings in awake head-restrained rats, J Neurosci Methods 198:29-35, 2011.

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