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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (Houston, TX) - PADRECC


The Houston Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is one of six VA Centers around the country, specializing in research, education and clinical care for Veterans with Parkinson's disease and related neurological movement disorders. In addition to conducting research on drug trials, rehabilitation, epidemiology, health services delivery, and quality of life, the Houston Center continues to participate in a landmark study to assess the effectiveness of surgical implantation of deep brain stimulators in reducing the symptoms of advanced Parkinson's disease. The Center operates as a Consortium with the other 5 PADRECCs.

PADRECC Staff Directory 

Aliya I. Sarwar, M.D., Houston PADRECC Director
George R. Jackson, M.D., Ph.D.- Associate Director, Research
Fariha Jamal, M.D.- Staff Neurologist
Michele York, Ph.D.- Clinical Neuropsychologist  
Sally Samuel, BSN, RN - Clinical Care Coordinator
Olga Diversé, BSN, RN - Staff Nurse
Arnold H. Love, M.B.A - Program Support Assistant
Suzanne Moore, M.S. - Research Health Science Specialist
Nuri Ince, Ph.D. - Research Associate

Houston PADRECC Movement Disorders Surgeons

Ashwin Viswanathan, MD - Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery
Sameer A. Sheth, MD - Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery


 PADRECC Services Offered

The Houston PADRECC offers clinical services, educational outreach and support to Veterans with Parkinson's Disease and related neurodegenerative movement disorders. The PADRECC also organizes professional education programs and seminars for allied health professionals interested in Parkinson's Disease and related movement disorders. 

PADRECC Newsletters

To browse the Houston PADRECC Education Newsletters for Patients and Health Care Professionals, click here.

PADRECC PowerPoint Presentations

To view selected PowerPoint presentations on Parkinson's disease presented by PADRECC Staff members, click here.

PADRECC Support Group and Family/Patient Forum

On Friday, July 12, 2019, the Houston PADRECC will be hosting a Patient and Family Forum.
Topic: Dementia and Psychosis in Parkinson's Disease.
Presentor: Paul Schulz, MD
Please call (713) 794-7842, Olga Diversé, for more information.

Contact Information

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Room 2B-150
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Mail stop: 127-PD

Phone: (713) 770-1679
Fax: (713) 794-8888