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Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia


In 2001, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) created six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers (PADRECC) to improve care for veterans with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. These specialty centers are located in Philadelphia, Richmond, Houston, Portland, San Francisco, and West Los Angeles.

McGuire VAMC in Richmond, VA is home to the Southeast PADRECC serving the southeastern region of the United States (Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, DC, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Puerto Rico) along with nine Consortium Centers that are part of a Veterans Affairs network of care for veterans with movement disorders.

PADRECC Southeast/Richmond Contact:

Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC 652/127
1201 Broad Rock Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23249
Location: Room 2C-110
Phone: 804-675-5931 or toll free 800-784-8381 ext 5931
Fax: 804-675-5939

Download information sheet about PADRECC

Directions to PADRECC Clinic:  Room 2C-110 is on the second floor of the main building of Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC. Take the South Elevators from the Main Lobby to the 2nd floor. Look for Neurology department and signs for PADRECC, hallway 2C.

Joint Philadelphia & Richmond VA PADRECC Support/Education Group

      Meetings: 1st Monday of the Month
                      1:00pm-2:00pm EST
      Location:  Virtual via Webex
      Contact:   Gretchen Glenn    (215) 823-5934
      Email: for link information 

Richmond area PD Specific Community Exercise Download List

Virginia (but not Richmond) PD Specific Community Exercise Download List

 PADRECC Southeast Staff 

Mark Baron, MD
Deputy Director, PADRECC Southeast
Kathryn Holloway, MD
Neurosurgical Director

Jessica Lehosit, DO
Director, PADRECC Southeast

Miriam Hirsch, MS, RN
Neurosurgical Nurse Coordinator
Clinic Nurse Coordinator
Abu Qutubuddin, MD
Physiatrist, Associate Director Rehabilitation
Will Maragos, MD, PhD
Chief, Neurology, McGuire VAMC

Christine Kausek
Advance Medical Support Assistant

George Gitchel, MS
Research Health Science Specialist

Associate Director of Education
Mark Lawson, RN
PADRECC Telehealth Nurse
Jackie Johnson, BSN, RN
PADRECC Telehealth Nurse
Shawan Hopson
Administrative Officer
Debbie Dellinger, MSN, ACNP-BC
PADRECC Telehealth Nurse Practitioner

Southeast Consortium Centers
Download information sheet
Locations of National VA PD Consortium Centers in the Southeast Region include:
Augusta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Decatur (Atlanta), GA; Durham, NC; Gainesville, FL; Lexington, KY; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; Tampa, FL


Nov 13, 2017: Virginia Currents (#2702): Coping with Parkinson's Disease  This 27 minute PBS segment shares the stories of 2 former VMI cadets who are now both facing the same enemy, Parkinson's.  Meet Dr. Charles Bryan and Carl Rhodes and find out about their endurance and will to stay active despite having Parkinson's and what different approaches have helped them cope with Parkinson's symptoms. Also features VCU PMDC's Dr. Jon Snider explaining signs of Parkinson's.

October 19, 2017: Screening for Parkinson's - What do a Dog and Keyboard Have in Common?
Listen to an archive of the panel discussion. Dr. Mark Baron, PADRECC neurologist, movement disorder specialist, and researcher was a webinar panelist for a Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF) Third Thursday's Webinar. The discussion featured non-invasive screening methods to identify Parkinson's disease earlier before motor symptoms become visible, including Dr. Baron's MJFF-funded study about eye movements and their relationship to PD.

Sept 2017: McGuire Helps Diagnose Parkinson's Years Sooner than Traditional Methods"
article in Voices of VISN 6, July-August 2017, Vol 7, No 9, features George Gitchel, PhD, Director of Clinical Research for PADRECC Richmond/Southeast.

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 University/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: 
VCU researchers receive MJFox grant to study Parkinson's disease/Team will study eye-tracking device for diagnosing PD (Dr. Mark Baron and Dr. George Gitchel) in Richmond Times Dispatch.

Aug 25, 2016:
This week's VA Top Doctor (Dr. Kathryn Holloway): 500 Brain Surgeries in VA's blog-VAntage Point:

Aug 21, 2016: Read Charles F. Bryan Jr. editorial "Taming the demon Parkinson's" in the Richmond Times Dispatch.

July 26, 2016: Listen to National Public Radio (NPR) 20 minute interview of Neurosurgeon Dr. Kathryn Holloway by Charles Fishburne on NPR Science Matters "VCU Surgeon Ranked Among Nation's Most Active in Deep Brain Stimulation" .  Learn about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery and Dr. Holloway's  accomplishments and contributions at Virginia Commonwealth University and McGuire VAMC PADRECC.

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

Nov 2015: Dissecting Science Your Amazing Brain sponsored by Science Matters and VCU Health. An event complementing the PBS Brain Series The Brain. Watch the presentation "Deep Brain Stimulation: Restoring Broken Circuits" featuring Kathryn L. Holloway, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, VCU Health; Director, Richmond PADRECC, McGuire VAMC, Chief, Section of Neurosurgery, McGuire VAMC

June 2015: "In the blink of an eye, VCU researchers detect early sgns of movement disorders" in VCU News                                                                                                                      

April 2012: "Pervasive Ocular Tremor in Patients with Parkinson Disease" in Archives of Neurology

April 2012: Eye Tremors May Be Early Sign of Parkinson's