Parkinson's Disease program
Make an appointment
Please call (804) 662-9185 to schedule an appointment.
The Parkinson’s Disease Program is accepting patients. This is an interdisciplinary program providing consultations to meet our patients’ individual needs. We strive to integrate top clinical care with clinical research that advances knowledge in Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
Our care team will create an individualized treatment plan for each patient, which will be shared with your primary physician and any local care providers as you prefer, to help coordinate ongoing follow-up. The PD Program will also provide you and your family the opportunity to participate in clinical research.
Dr. Leslie Cloud, Program Director, is a neurologist with expertise in movement disorders, clinical care, and research. She will provide neurologic assessments. She is an investigator interested in gastrointestinal problems in Parkinson’s.
Our care team
Our interdisciplinary care team includes:
- Neurologists – provide neurologic assessments, medication recommendations, and surgical recommendations
- Physical therapist – evaluates gait and balance; fall prevention; exercise and activity
- Neuropsychologist – provides cognitive testing, to help map out individual patterns of change in thinking and memory; pragmatically address challenges that arise from changes in thinking in PD
- Speech pathologist – evaluates speech deficits and swallowing capacity
Through the VCU Medical Center network, our patients may also access sleep neurology, psychiatry and other specialists as needed.
Our clinical research programs are conducted in the same building as clinical appointments. We are happy to contact those interested with research opportunity updates. Our current studies are listed on our clinical research website, which is updated with studies as they become available.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com or (804) 662-5300.
What is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson’s disease (PD) stems from a widespread brain disease process that is mostly sporadic, or irregular, but in a small minority of cases is due to one of several gene mutations. PD presents in most patients as a movement disorder with tremor, stiffness of muscles, slowness of actions and balance impairments. Over the course of the disease individuals can also experience mood problems, sleep problems, memory and thinking problems, low blood pressure, urinary and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Movement symptoms in PD are managed with drugs and deep brain stimulation. There are many effective treatments for the other problems experienced by PD patients.
Positive findings in the laboratory have moved new therapies into clinical testing, taking our research from bench to bedside. The VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center encourages PD patients to participate in our clinical studies.