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Welcome to the VA Centers of Excellence for Parkinson's disease.  To address the needs of the Parkinson's disease Veteran population, in 2000, Congress urged VHA to establish six Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (PADRECCs) for clinical care, education and research. In 2001, based on competitive applications and site visits, six centers were selected: Philadelphia, Richmond, Houston, West Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland/Seatttle VA Medical Centers. Each PADRECC serves a geographic region or service area.  PADRECC has expanded care through a National VA Parkinson's Disease Consortium of providers with movement disorder expertise. 

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, neurological disease, commonly referred to as a movement disorder. It is caused by a loss of dopamine producing cells in the brain. Classic motor symptoms of PD include tremor during rest, stiff limbs, slowness of movement, and gait and balance problems that progress over time. Non-motor symptoms, such as sleep disturbances, urinary dysfunction, constipation, swallowing problems, mood disorders, and cognitive deficits, can occur as well. There is currently no cure for PD, however, many effective medications and treatment options are available.
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What about Parkinsonism and other Movement Disorders?

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The PADRECCs treat veterans with other types of movement disorders in addition to PD. "Parkinsonism" is the generic term used to refer to slowness and mobility problems that mimic PD. Movement disorders are a group of neurological illnesses affecting one’s ability to produce and/or control movement. Other diagnoses commonly treated by the PADRECCs include essential tremor (ET), restless leg syndrome (RLS), dystonia, atypical parkinsonian disorders or "parkinson plus" syndromes (such as Lewy body disease (LBD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA), and corticobasal degeneration (CBD)).
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What is a Consortium Center?

Consortium logoA Consortium Center is a VA clinic that offers specialized PD and movement disorder specialty care to veterans who cannot travel to a PADRECC. These Centers are staffed by movement disorder specialists or clinicians with vast experience and/or interest in the field of movement disorders. Currently, 51 Consortium Centers work collaboratively with the PADRECCs to ensure the highest level of care for all veterans.
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What is the National VA PD Consortium?

The National VA PD Consortium is a professional society comprised of VA physicians, nurses, therapists, and pharmacists with interest and expertise in the field of movement disorders. The Consortium was launched in 2003 by the PADRECCs to expand PD awareness and education across the VA Healthcare System. The Consortium offers peers networking, mentorship, education and training.
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The VA Parkinson Report, Fall 2019 download newsletter

Patient Education:

PD @ Home is a Parkinson's Telephone Education/Support Conference - available Nationwide by telephone. Held 2nd Tuesday each month from 10-11am PT, 11am-12noon MT, 12-1pm CT, 1-2 pm ET. Call 1-800-767-1750 enter code 54321# download flyer

Professional Education:

PADRECC Movement Disorder Series - FY19 schedule
November 14, 2019- Rescue Agents in PD download flyer

Scan-Echo from San Francisco PADRECC Click Here  for schedule of provider education: Deep Brain Stimulation Case Studies, which you can view on your VA workstation.



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February 2018 WPC: Yoga and Parkinson's Disease An article written by Indu Subramanian, MD, Director at the Greater Los Angeles PADRECC for the World Parkinson Coalition (WPC) Blog.

September 2017 publication: National randomized controlled trial of Virtual House Calls for Parkinson's disease   The study's objective was to determine whether providing remote neurologic care into the homes of people with Parkinson's disease (PD) was feasible, beneficial, and valuable. The trial concluded that providing remote neurological care directly into the home was feasible and was neither more nor less efficacious than usual in-person care. Virtual house calls generated great interest and provided substantial convenience.

July 2017: VCU and McGuire VA hospital are powerful partners for veterans - and the rest of us. The article first appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch July 9, 2017. Charles F. Bryan Jr., is a veteran and community leader.  He is president emeritus of Virginia Historical Society and writes as a guest commentator for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Dr. Bryan utilizes health care services from Southeast/Richmond PADRECC at McGuire VAMC in Richmond, Virginia.  VCU stands for Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) is part of VCU.

June 2017: Restoring Movement for our Heroes and Our Community.  This article about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) highlights the partnership between McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth/Medical College of Virginia (VCU/MCV) in Richmond, VA.  It features Dr. Kathryn Holloway, Neurosurgeon and Veteran, Charles F. Bryan Jr. who spoke together at a MCV Foundation meeting about the benefits of VA/VCU collaboration.

Sept 17, 2016 in Richmond Times Dispatch:Team will study eye-tracking device for diagnosing PD/VCU researchers recieve MJFF grant to study PD. Featuring Richmond/Southeast PADRECC Drs. Mark Baron and George Gitchel.

Aug 25, 2016: This week's VA Top Doctor: 500 Brain Surgeries in VA's blog-VAntage Point featuring Richmond/Southeast PADRECC Neurosurgeon Dr. Kathryn Holloway

July 26, 2016: "VCU Surgeon Ranked Among Nation's Most Active in Deep Brain Stimulation". Listen to National Public Radio (NPR) interview of Neurosurgeon Dr. Kathryn Holloway on NPR Science Matters. Learn about DBS surgery and Dr. Holloway's accomplishments at Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond/Southeast PADRECC.

July 17, 2016: Read Charles F. Bryan Jr's Richmond Times Dispatch editorial "Loosening a demon's grip" about his Parkinson's journey, McGuire VAMC Richmond/Southeast PADRECC and his upcoming DBS surgery.

Nov 2015: Richmond PADRECC Neurosurgeon, Kathryn Holloway, MD presents "Deep Brain Stimulation: Restoring Broken Circuits" at Dissecting Science, Your Amazing Brain event. Watch here.

San Francisco PADRECC is first VA in nation to perform MRI Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. Read about it here.


What are the PADRECCs?

In 2001, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) created six specialized centers known as the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers or "PADRECCs". These Centers of Excellence are designed to serve the estimated 80,000 veterans affected by PD through state-of-the-art clinical care, education, research, and national outreach and advocacy. The PADRECCs are staffed by internationally known movement disorder specialists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, researchers, educators, social workers, and other PD experts. The PADRECCs are located in Philadelphia, Richmond, Houston, West Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland/Seattle. The PADRECCs assist veterans in effectively managing PD and other movement disorders by way of VA pharmacy benefits, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, medical equipment, surgical services, and other valuable resources.
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