Page Menu

Movement Disorders Fellowship

Naama Cohen, ACNP, Anindita Deb, MD, and Kara Smith, MD

The UMass Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Center is the largest comprehensive Movement disorders program in the region. We offer a full range of medical and surgical therapies including a deep brain stimulation surgery program. UMass is a leader in translational research and our program provides opportunities to participate in ground-breaking therapies for neurodegenerative disease. One-year Movement disorders fellowship is available at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine/UMASS Memorial Healthcare.

The fellowship is dedicated to developing clinical and research skills in movement disorders. Clinical training includes diagnosing and managing a variety of movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonism, ataxia, dystonia, tremor, and Huntington’s disease. The fellow will participate in deep brain stimulator pre-surgical evaluation, intra-operative assessment, and programming, as well as administration of botulinum toxin injections. There are also training opportunities in the evaluation and treatment of Autonomic disorders, the Autonomic laboratory and in neurorehabilitation.

Fellows are strongly encouraged to pursue a mentored research project based on their interests. Both clinical and basic science research opportunities are available, including in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, the UMass Neuronexus Institute (, the RNA Therapeutics Institute (, and the Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research (  

Candidates must be board-eligible in Neurology and be in good standing in their current position.  Interested neurology residents should send a letter of interest and their CV to fellowship coordinator Lois Holmes at

Fellowship Directors:

Anindita Deb, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center


Kara Smith, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center


Additional Fellowship Faculty:

Shabbir Abbasi, MD, MRCP
Assistant Professor of UMass Medical Center

Suja Sadasivan, MD
UMass Memorial Healthcare 

Ari Wilkenfeld, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
UMass Medical Center

Farid Hamzei-Sichani, MD, PhD
Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
UMass Medical Center



Additional Resources
click to open search panel