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The San Francisco PADRECC
Mailstop 127P
4150 Clement St
San Francisco, CA




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J. Rafael P. Zuzuarregui, MD
Rafael Zuzuarregui Dr. Rafael Zuzuárregui is Director of the San Francisco PADRECC and Assistant Professor of Neurology at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He is board certified in Neurology and fellowship-trained in Movement Disorders and Sleep Disorders. Dr. Zuzuarregui earned his medical degree from Boston University of Medicine (USM), completed his internship in internal medicine at UC-Fresno, completed his residency in Neurology at Boston USM, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Zuzuarregui completed his Movement Disorders Fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine and his Sleep Disorder Fellowship at Stanford University Scholl of Medicine. Dr. Zuzuárregui has held many leadership positions including Director of the Neurology and Emergency Medicine Educational Curriculum and Co-Founder of the Carlos S. Kase Research Symposium in the Department of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Zuzuárregui has mentored many medical students and residents throughout his medical training.

Dr. Zuzuárregui’s focus is in the treatment of Movement Disorders and various sleep disorders, as well as the use of Botox and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). His research is on the intersection between movement and sleep disorders with particular focus with the impact of DBS on various sleep parameters. He also has a strong interest in medical education. He is currently researching the relationship between toxicant exposures during Gulf War deployment and prodromal Parkinson's disease; the impact of Globus Pallidus Deep Brain Stimulation on Sleep Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease.
Caroline M. Tanner, MD, PhD
Caroline TannerDr. Caroline Tanner is PADRECC's Associate Director of Research as well as Division Chief & Professor in Residence in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is a prior Director of PADRECC San Francisco and came 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 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 awarded the 2020 Robert A. Pritzker Prize given to honor scientists who make an exceptional contribution to Parkinson's research and are committed to mentoring the next generation of Parkinson's disease (PD) researchers. She was the 2020 Tom Isaacs Award winner from the Cure Parkinson's Trust (CPT) and Van Andel Institute (VAI), which honors individuals who have ahd a significant impact on the lives of people with Parkinson's and has involved them in a participatory way in research. Dr. Tanner received the 2020 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) Honorary Membership Award, which recognizes individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Movement Disorders. Dr. Tanner was honored by the White House as a 2015 Parkinson's Disease Champion of Change and received the 2012 Movement Disorders Research Award from the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Tanner 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 VAMC-UCSF Movement Disorders Fellowship Program Director 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.
Nijee Luthra, MD, PhD
Nijee LuthraDr. Nijee Luthra joined our staff after her completion of PADRECC's two-year UCSF/SFVA 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 in neurology.

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.
Cameron L. Dietiker, MD 
Cameron Dietiker Dr. Cameron Dietiker is PADRECC’s Associate Director of Clinical Care and Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She is board certified in Neurology and fellowship-trained in Movement Disorders. Dr. Dietiker a graduate of University of California San Diego (UCSD) where she obtained a degree in psychology and a minor in organic chemistry. She spent two years doing research for the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA) under the Veterans Medical Research Foundation. Dr. Dietiker earned her medical degree from New York Medical College and completed her Neurology residency at University of California San Francisco in 2015. She completed her Movement Disorders Fellowship at University of California San Francisco and VA PADRECC San Francisco.

Dr. Dietiker's clinical practice includes Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, ataxia, tremor, dystonia and related disorders. She is experienced in the administration of botulinum toxin and deep brain stimulation (DBS) programming for movement disorders. Her current research includes clinical trials in Parkinso's disease, Huntington's disease and genetic forms of ataxia.
Annie Li Wong, MSN, GNP-BC 
Annie Li WongAnnie Li Wong is a Movement Disorders Nurse Practitioner and PADRECC-SF's Associate Director of Education. She earned her undergraduate at University of California, Davis and her Master of Science in Nursing, as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She co-coordinates PADRECC's national webinar: Movement Disorders Series, bridges centers-of-excellence Parkinson's education for providers, nursing, and allied health and presents non-motor symptom Parkinson's education for Nurses from Community Living Centers and nursing homes. Annie's practice includes movement disorders, deep brain stimulation (DBS) education and programming, Botox therapies, provider education, patient and caregiver education, and the advanced care (palliative) of Veterans with Parkinson's disease.

NP Li Wong coordinates PADRECC's Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery and programming. She oversees PADRECC Telemedicine agreements with remote VAMC and sees patients on-site, by video and by phone. 
Daniel Lim, MD, PhD
Dr. Daniel Lim is is PADRECC's Director of Surgery and VA Chief of Neurosurgery. At the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), he is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Director of Restorative Neurosurgery, and a head of laboratory in the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research. 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 (DBS) 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.
Philip A. Starr, MD, PhD
Philip StarrDr. Philip Starr was the Founding Surgical Director, PADRECC, and continues as Mentor of PADRECC's VA-UC Fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.  He is 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.
Doris D. Wang, MD, PhD
Doris Wang, MD, PhD, neurosurgeonDr. Wang completed the PADRECC Advanced Fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and she is welcomed to San Francisco Veteran Affairs Health Care System (SFVAHCS) as an Attending and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as an Assistant Professor Neurosurgery. Dr. Wang's clinical interest is treating movement disorders using neuromodulation and ablative procedures; she performs Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery for the PADRECC. 
Her research focus is to map, and causally test, the neural architecture of human motor learning using an implanted, bidirectional DBS device and to develop targeted, closed-loop therapies to restore motor learning in patients with brain diseases and injuries.