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William J. Marks, Jr., MD
Marks William J. Marks, Jr., MD is the Director of the San Francisco VA Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, & Clinical Center (PADRECC) and Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Marks completed residency and fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco. His clinical and research interests include the medical and surgical treatment of movement disorders, the neurophysiology of neurological disease, and neuromodulation strategies for the treatment of other neurological disorders, including epilepsy.
Graham A. Glass, MD
Glass Graham A. Glass, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Neurology, and Deputy Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) at San Francisco’s Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center.  Dr. Glass specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders, he received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Dr. Glass subsequently completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the Mayo Clinic. His clinical and research interests include the treatment and management of Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, dystonia, myoclonus, and chorea.
Nicholas B. Galifianakis, MD, MPH
Galifianakis Nicholas B. Galifianakis, MD, MPH is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco PADRECC. Dr. Galifianakis completed his medical degree and his neurology residency training at the University of Southern California (USC), where he also served as chief-resident. He first joined the PADRECC team in 2007 as a clinical fellow in the University of Pennsylvania movement disorders fellowship. He continued his fellowship at the San Francisco PADRECC, before staying on here and in the UCSF Surgical Movement Disorders program as faculty in 2009. His clinical interests include treatment of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor, and other movement disorders with medications, deep brain stimulation, and botulinum toxin. His research interests include clinical outcomes in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, such as the use of new interventional MRI techniques. He also is interested in defining types of essential tremor and developing more complete models of care for advanced Parkinson's Disease.
Paul S. Larson, MD
Dr. Larson is the PADRECC's Director of Surgery and Chief of Neurosurgery at the SFVAMC. He is an associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California. Dr. Larson earned a medical degree at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in 1995 and completed an internship and residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. His areas of research include the use of interventional MRI in deep brain stimulation surgery, the use of gene therapy to treat Parkinson's disease and the role of the basal ganglia in hearing. Dr. Larson has received two teaching awards at UCSF, authored numerous publications and edited two textbooks on functional neurosurgery.
Philip A. Starr, MD, PhD
Philip A. Starr, MD, PhD, a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director of the Functional Neurosurgery Program at the University of California, and a Principal Investigator in Movement Disorders Research. Dr. Starr has a BA from Princeton University, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and a PhD in Neuroscience also from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Starr's particular specialty interests lie in the area of movement disorders, including Parkinson's Disease, tremor, and dystonia. He has fellowship training in microelectrode-guided surgery for movement disorders, which he completed at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Starr's research interests include physiology of the basal ganglia and cortex in movement disorders, and in use of interventional MRI in neurosurgery.
Daniel Lim, MD, PhD
Daniel Lim, MD, PhD is an attending neurosurgeon at the SFVAMC, an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, Director of Restorative Neurosurgery, and a head of laboratory in the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF. Dr. Lim obtained an MD from Cornell University, a PhD in Neuroscience from Rockefeller University, and completed his neurosurgical training at the University of California, San Francisco. He performs deep brain stimulation surgery for patients with Parkinson's disease as well as other movement disorders. Dr. Lim's research interests focus on the epigenetic control of neural stem cell fate with the long-term goal of developing cell and gene therapies for the treatment of neurological disease, including Parkinson's Disease.
Susan Heath, RN, MS
Heath Susan Heath, MSN, RN, is the Associate Clinical Director of PADRECC. Susan has worked at the SFVAMC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurosurgery and in the past ten years has worked with the SFVA's National Movement Disorder Program. She helped develop the VA's first national surgical program for movement disorder patients, is considered an expert in deep brain stimulation programming and is a national speaker on the topic of management of patients with deep brain stimulation. Susan coordinates patient care for PADRECC patient referrals. Her interests are in care of the Movement Disorders DBS implanted patient, non-motor Parkinson's Disease symptoms and Palliative Care for the advanced Parkinson's Disease patient. Susan earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from California State University, Hayward then her Master of Science degree from the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Physiological Nursing.
Elaine M. Lanier, RN, MS
Lanier Elaine M. Lanier, RN, MS is the Clinical Research Manager for the PADRECC and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Elaine received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Hayward and her Master’s Degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Elaine has focused her nursing career in the areas of Clinical Research, Neurology, and Physical Rehabilitation. Elaine has been with the San Francisco VA PADRECC since its beginning in 2002. Elaine’s special interest is in caregiving and Parkinson’s Disease and she co-leads the Parkinson’s Support Group with Susan Heath. She is currently a National Study Coordinator for the VA Cooperative Study CSP 468 F, a study that follows Parkinson’s patients who have had Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery.