Department of Neurology

Specialists

The UW Medicine Movement Disorder Clinic provides diagnosis and treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD), Huntington’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and other neurological conditions from leading experts in the field. As part of the UW Medicine health system, the clinic enables patients to access the latest in research discoveries and clinical innovations.


Faculty and Staff


Ali Samii, MD

Dr. Samii is a UW Professor of Neurology and Co-director of the UW/VA Movement Disorder Fellowship. He divides his time between the UW and the VA Puget Sound. His clinical interests include the management of movement disorders, such as PD, Huntington’s disease, tremor, dystonia, deep brain stimulation (DBS) programming, and botulinum toxin injections. His research interests include DBS; observational, imaging, and therapeutic studies for Huntington’s disease; genetic studies for PD; and epidemiological studies involving neurodegenerative disorders.


Cyrus Zabetian, MD, MS

Dr. Zabetian is a UW Professor of Neurology and Co-director of the UW/VA Movement Disorder Fellowship. He sees patients at the VA Puget Sound. His clinical interests include movement disorders, particularly PD, and neurogenetics. His research is focused on the genetics of neurodegenerative diseases, including PD and dementia with Lewy bodies. Dr. Zabetian is the principal investigator of the Parkinson’s Genetic Research Study (PaGeR), a core leader in the Pacific Udall Center, and Director of the Washington State Parkinson Disease Registry.


Andrew Ko, MD

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Dr. Ko is a UW Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. He rejoined the UW faculty after completing a fellowship in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery at the Oregon Health & Sciences University. He completed his neurosurgery residency at the UW, and earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He specializes in DBS and other surgical treatments for movement disorders, epilepsy, and pain. His research interests include cortical electrophysiology and brain-computer interfaces; the development of patient-responsive DBS; and the use of novel imaging techniques to improve targeting accuracy and develop new targets for DBS.


Hojoong Mike Kim, MD

Dr. Kim is a UW Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UW Medical Center and Chief of the Neurology Section at the VA Puget Sound. He completed the UW/VA Movement Disorder Fellowship in 2008. He specializes in movement disorders, general neurology, and botulinum toxin injections. His research interests include REM sleep behavior disorder and the Washington State Parkinson Disease Registry. Dr. Kim sees patients at the UW Medical Center and at the Seattle and American Lake divisions of the VA Puget Sound.


Shu-Ching Hu, MD, PhD

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Dr. Hu is a UW Associate Professor of Neurology at the UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. He specializes in PD and other movement disorders, including using DBS to treat these disorders. His research interests include genetic and epidemiologic studies of PD, electrophysiology of movement disorders, and biomarkers for gait disorder. Dr. Hu is the local site PI for the Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative study.


Marie Davis, MD, PhD

Dr. Davis is a UW Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UW Medical Center and the VA Puget Sound. She completed the UW/VA Movement Disorder Fellowship in 2015. Her professional interests include genetic movement disorders, such as Huntington’s disease and ataxias, and genetic influences on PD risk. She currently holds a VA Career Development Award focused on understanding the mechanism by which the GBA gene alters susceptibility to PD.


Vicente Martinez, PhD

Dr. Martinez is a UW Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. His clinical interests include DBS for the treatment of movement disorders as well as intraoperative neuromonitoring during brain and spine surgery. His pre-clinical research interests include the role of dopamine in reward valuation and attention processing.


Anny Lin, PhD

Dr. Lin is a UW Acting Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UW Medical Center. She completed the UW/VA Movement Disorder Fellowship in 2018. She specializes in movement disorders, general neurology, and botulinum toxin injections. Her research interests include clinical trials for PD and Huntington’s disease.


Dolores Wilson, RN

Dolores “Dee” Wilson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Addictive Behaviors at the UW in 1990 and then earned her RN in 1995. As an RN for the Movement Disorder Neurology Clinic, she is a liaison between patient and providers, answering medication and symptom management questions, scheduling and education, pre-DBS placement workup and referral, and specialty medication needs (e.g. Apokyn injection). She provides encouragement and support for patients and their families working with PT,OT, ST, and resources for support services (e.g. APDA).


Current Fellows


Kathryn Roberts, MD (2017 – present)
Dr. Roberts received her MD from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and completed a residency in neurology at UW. Her research interests include nonmotor aspects of PD and related disorders.

Kimmy Su, MD, PhD (2017 – present)
Dr. Su received her MD and PhD at OHSU and subsequently completed a residency in neurology at OHSU. Her research is focused on DBS programming in PD and the genetic factors that influence progression of motor and nonmotor features in PD.

Amir Besharat, DO (2018 – present)
Dr. Besharat completed a residency in neurology at the University of Florida and received his DO at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. His research interests include the motor and cognitive benefits of gait rehabilitation in PD.

Reza Hosseini Ghomi, MD, MSE (2018 – present)
Dr. Ghomi received an MD from University of Massachusetts Medical School and an MSE in biomedical and electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and completed a residency in psychiatry at UW. His research program is in the emerging field of “voice diagnostics” in which a brief recording of voice is used to screen, diagnose, and track a wide range of disorders including PD.


Incoming Fellows (2019)


Raima Amin, MD
Dr. Amin received her MD from the UW School of Medicine and is completing a residency in neurology at UW.

Sarah Atkinson, MD
Dr. Sarah Atkinson received her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center and is completing a residency in neurology at the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.

Wojciech Gryc, MD
Dr. Gryc received his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School and is completing a residency in neurology at UW.


Former Fellows – Where are they now?


Hojoong Mike Kim, MD (2006 – 2008)
Dr. Kim is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UW and Chief of the Neurology Section at the VA Puget Sound (see above).

Brooke K. Walter, MD (2008 – 2010)
Dr. Walter is now sited at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, specializing in movement disorders and general neurology.

Daniel Burdick, MD (2010 – 2012)
Dr. Burdick is now sited at Evergreen Health in Kirkland, Washington, as a member of the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center.

Sindhu Srivatsal, MD (2011 – 2013)
Dr. Srivatsal is now at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center in the Neuroscience Institute Department specializing in movement disorders and general neurology.

Marie Davis, MD, PhD (2012 – 2015)
Dr. Davis is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UW and VA Puget Sound (see above).

Katelan Longfellow, MD (2013 – 2015)
Dr. Longfellow is now a movement disorder specialist at Franciscan Neurology Associates at St. Joseph in Tacoma, Washington.

Anthony Julius, MD (2015 – 2017)
Dr. Julius is currently a movement disorder specialist at HCA VA Neurological Associates in Richmond, Virginia.

Anny Lin, MD (2016 – 2018)
Dr. Lin is now an Acting Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UW (see above).

Casey Carter Nazor, MD (2016 – 2018)
Dr. Nazor is joining Neurological Associates of Washington in Bellevue with a practice focused on movement disorders.