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The San Francisco PADRECC
Mailstop 127P
4150 Clement St
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Caroline M. Tanner, MD, PhD
Caroline TannerDr. Caroline Tanner is the Director of the San Francisco PADRECC and Division Chief & Professor in Residence in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She comes to us from the Clinical Research department of the California Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center. She is board certified in neurology, completed a residency in neurology and fellowship in clinical neuropharmacology and movement disorders at Rush University, and a doctorate in environmental health sciences at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Tanner's clinical practice specializes in movement disorders - particularly Parkinson's disease, atypical Parkinsonism, and dystonia. Her research interests include investigations of descriptive epidemiology, environmental and genetic determinants, biomarkers, early detection, non-motor disease features and interventions for the secondary prevention, disease modification and symptomatic treatment of movement disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Tanner was honored by the White House as a Parkinson's Disease Champion of Change (2015) and received the Movement Disorders Research Award from the American Academy of Neurology (2012). She has experience on national and international committees specific to movement disorders and in academic research on Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and Huntington's disease.
Nicholas B. Galifianakis, MD, MPH
Nicholas GalifianakisDr. Nicholas Galifianakis is PADRECC's Associate Director of Education; Director, Movement Disorders Fellowship program and Associate Professor in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He completed his medical degree and neurology residency 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 movement disorders fellow at the Philadelphia PADRECC and University of Pennsylvania. He continued his fellowship at the San Francisco PADRECC, before joining staff here and in the UCSF Movement Disorders program (as faculty) in 2009. His clinical and research interests include comprehensive treatment of Parkinson’s disease, including developing novel models of care with technology, telemedicine and palliative care, as well as investigating behavioral aspects of PD, such as impulse control disorders.
Maya Katz, MD
Maya KatzDr. Maya Katz is Associate Director of Advanced Care, PADRECC and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  She specializes in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Her research interests include identifying disease modification strategies and improving outcomes for patients treated with deep brain stimulation. She is also interested in developing multidisciplinary clinical approaches that incorporate palliative care principles. Dr. Katz obtained her medical degree at Cornell University. She completed her residency in Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She then completed her Movement Disorders Fellowship at UCSF/San Francisco PADRECC in 2013 and joined our staff. Dr. Katz is board certified in Neurology and is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
Nijee Luthra, MD, PhD
Nijee LuthraWe welcomed Dr. Nijee Luthra to our staff after her completion of PADRECC's two-year Advanced Fellowship in Movement Disorders. She is an excellent clinician, extremely well-regarded by patients, family members, and peers and committed to the service of helping Veterans and their families. Dr. Luthra earned her MD and PhD from Loyola University, Chicago, and is board certified. Her research and clinical interests include: providing care and education to patients with Parkinson's disease, dystonia, essential tremor and other movement disorders; participating in clinical trials for Parkinson's disease and investigating biomarkers of Parkinson's disease and disease modifications treatments.
Paul S. Larson, MD
Dr. Paul LarsonDr. Paul Larson is Director of Surgery, PADRECC; Chief of Neurosurgery at the SFVAMC and Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 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 StarrDr. Philip Starr was the Founding Surgical Director, PADRECC; he is an attending neurosurgeon at SFVAMC, a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director of the Functional Neurosurgery Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), 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
Dr. Daniel Lim is an attending neurosurgeon at the SFVAMC, an Associate Professor in Residence of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); 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 L. Heath, RN, MS
Susan HeathSusan Heath is the Associate Director of Nursing Services & Education, PADRECC. She has worked at the SFVAMC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurosurgery and in the past 15 years has worked with the SFVA's National Movement Disorder Program: PADRECC. Susan helped develop the VA's first national surgical program for movement disorder patients, is considered an expert in deep brain stimulation programming. She is a national speaker on the topic of management of patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS). Her interests are in care of the Movement Disorders DBS implanted patient, non-motor Parkinson's disease symptoms, Palliative Care for the advanced Parkinson's Disease patient and advancing Nursing education in Parkinson's disease & movement disorders. Susan earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from California State University, Hayward and a Master of Science degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF),Department of Physiological Nursing.
Annie Li Wong, NP
Annie Li WongAnnie Li Wong is a nurse practitioner and movement disorders nurse specialist. She earned her undergraduate at University of California, Davis and her Masters of Science in Nursing, as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioners, at University of California, San Francisco. Before coming to the VA, Annie helped with screening at-risk populations for Hepatitis-B, taught disaster-preparedness skills to immigrants living in Chinatown's SROs (single room occupancy); triaged patients at a Volunteers-in-Medicine clinic, and assistaed a local Bay Area Ombudsmen's office. Her interests include geriatrics, movement disorders, Deep Brain Stimulation, Botox therapies, patient & caregiver education, and the Palliative Care of hte Advanced Parkinson's disease patient.