Philadelphia PADRECC Directory
John Duda, MD is currently the Co-Director of the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) of the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia PADRECC is one of 6 Parkinson's disease Centers of Excellence throughout the country in the VA Health Care system. He received his medical doctorate from Thomas Jefferson University and finished his Neurology Residency as Chief Resident of the Hahnemann Medical School. He then spent 3 years in a Neuropathology Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on the role of alpha-synuclein in the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease and related disorders. He has authored more than 45 scientific publications including articles in the journals Science, Neuron and Annals of Neurology and is recognized as an expert in the neuropathology of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.
Matthew B. Stern, M.D. is the Parker Family Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center. The Pennsylvania Hospital Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center is one of the National Parkinson Foundation's worldwide Centers of Excellence. He is also the director of the PADRECC (Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center) at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital, one of only six such Centers in the United States.
Dr. Yagnik is also ACOS/Clinical Support Service, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and Neurology at Bombay University and is Board Certified in Neurology, EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology. Dr. Yagnik is interested in Clinical Neurology and degenerative Diseases of the nervous system, like Parkinson’s disease. He is also interested in teaching Clinical Research and is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine.
Dr. Wilkinson joined the PADRECC team in 2006 as one of our Clinical Fellows after she completed her Adult Neurology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, received her medical doctorate from Jefferson Medical College, and completed her medical internship at Pennsylvania Hospital. She has research interests including Orthostatic Tremor, which she studied extensively during her residency. She is currently developing research interests in Parkinson's Disease, which include both pain, as well as racial differences in response to Parkinson medications.
Dr. Kubersky is a Clinical Fellow in Movement Disorders at the Philadelphia PADRECC. He received his Bachelor of Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and his medical doctorate from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. He completed his Adult Neurology residency at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia where he served as Co-Chief Resident from 2007-2008. His research interests include impulse control disorders (ICD's) and other neuropsychiatric complications of Parkinson's disease, and is gaining experience in chemodenervation using botulinum toxin and deep brain stimulation (DBS) for various movement disorders.
Ms. Bunting-Perry earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and her Master of Science in Chronic Care and Management from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing. She currently is a Doctoral Student at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, where she is focusing her work on palliative care in elders with Parkinson's disease. Ms. Bunting-Perry is a John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Predoctoral Scholar and has received funding from the Mayday Fund for the study of pain in older adults with Parkinson's disease. Ms. Bunting-Perry has been active in numerous clinical trails, both as a clinical coordinator and principle investigator, and has earned a certificate in The Science of Clinical Investigation from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Through her publications and presentations, Ms. Bunting-Perry has received international recognition as a nurse expert in Parkinson's disease.
Rebecca Martine, APRN, CS, BC
Ms. Martine joined the Philadelphia Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) in 2001 where she also serves as Clinical Nurse Coordinator and accepted the position of Chair for the National VA Parkinson's Disease Consortium in April 2003. This followed her organization of the inaugural Consortium conference titled "Novel Concepts and Management Strategies in PD.
Heidi Watson, RN, BSN is a Clinical Nurse Coordinator for the Parkinson's Disease Research Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC). Heidi received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is actively involved in direct clinical care, research protocols, and patient education. Currently she serves as the Philadelphia VA site coordinator for a national multi-center study on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's disease. Her areas of interest include neurobehavioral aspects of Parkinson's, programming of DBS devices and palliative care.
Eileen M. Hummel, RN, BSN joined the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center as a Clinical Nurse Coordinator in June of 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Drexel University. Eileen provides patient and caregiver education, assistance with medication management, and coordination of multidisciplinary care based on the veteran's individual needs. In addition to her clinical duties, she actively supports research activities in the Center on a number of studies.
Dr. Robinson is also the Chief of Rehabilitation at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center as well as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1981 and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilation. Dr Robinson has focused his practice on neurological rehabilitation and is becoming a leading expert on gait and fall issues related to PD.
Dr. Weintraub completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina and received his medical doctorate from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He completed his Psychiatry Residency and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Training at the University of Maryland and has since focused on the psychiatric and cognitive complications of Parkinson's disease. He is involved in clinical research focusing on depression as well as impulse control disorders, cognition, and psychosis in PD. Dr. Weintraub currently is funded through a Career Development Award from the NIMH.
Dr. Moberg is an Associate Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the Director of Clinical Services for the Brain-Behavior Laboratory (BBL) in the Neuropsychiatry program and is the Co-Director of the Olfaction and Gustation Laboratory in the BBL. Dr. Moberg also serves as the consulting faculty neuropsychologist for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) at Penn as well as the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology/Neuropsychology from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School and completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Florida.
Dr. Lustig provides speech, language, and swallowing services to veterans throughout the Philadelphia VAMC and works closely with the PADRECC. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of Pennsylvania. She is also certified to provide LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment). Prior to joining the VA team, Dr. Lustig was a Research Speech-Language Pathologist at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center, and a research associate at the Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh (PA). She received her MA in Speech-Language Pathology and PhD in Communication Science and Disorders, as well as, .
Gretchen Glenn, MSW, LSW joined the Philadelphia Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) in 2002 where she serves as social worker and provides direct clinical care, education and outreach to veterans and their families. She is a member of the PADRECC National Registry Operations Subcommittee and Chair of the National VA PADRECC Consortium Education Subcommittee.
Alan Lorry has been a practicing pharmacist for over 30 years and received his received his bachelors degree in Pharmacy from the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia. He has been with the VA for 11 years with a main focus on research. Mr. Lorry joined the PADRECC at its start in the PVAMC in 2001 and is involved with patient medication education, monitoring, and medication processing.
Joined the Philadelphia Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) in April 2002. She has since assumed the positions of National PADRECC Co-Coordinator and National VA Parkinson's Disease Consortium Coordinator. Ms. McHale oversees the daily operations of these organizations and serves as a liaison to VA Central Office and other Parkinson organizations.