Adelaide Lackner Professor and Chair of Neurology
Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases
Michael S. Okun, M.D. is currently the Chair, Administrative Director, and the Co-Director of the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, and the Adelaide Lackner Professor of Neurology. Dr. Okun is considered an international expert in movement disorders, tremor, Parkinson’s Disease, is the current National Medical Director of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), and is a member of the Tremor Study Group (TSG). He runs the Ask the Doctor International web-forum, and has been on the steering committee for the worldwide NPF quality improvement clinical-research database (every Parkinson’s patient at each center has one page of data collected every year). Dr. Okun administers the international DBS Brain Bank which includes tremor cases and also the TAA International Deep Brain Stimulation Registry for Tourette Syndrome. His expertise has included many physiology and brain imaging projects as well as many device related projects including tremor, Parkinson’s, dystonia, and Tourette. Dr. Okun has over 350 peer-reviewed publications and he has been PI, co-PI, or co-I on multiple NIH intervention studies. Dr. Okun has trained more than 40 M.D. fellows in movement disorders and many with an emphasis on imaging. He is committed to training movement scientists in movement, nonmovement and neurorestoration and has been actively involved in ongoing predoctoral (both MD and Ph.D.) and post-doctoral training, including an international program involving specialist training of neurology fellows in movement disorders.