Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers
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.- Associate Director Clinical Care
Michele York, Ph.D.- Clinical Neuropsychologist
Sally Samuel, BSN, RN - Clinical Care Coordinator
Olga Diversé, BSN, RN - Staff Nurse
Mary Jenkins, B.S. - Acting AO, Supervisory Health Systems Specialist
Beth Boncher, BSN, RN- Assistant Nurse Manager
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.
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 Thrusday, April 2, 2020 We will be having a tele-Forum. The Phone number is 1800-767-1750. When prompted enter the code- 39135. This will connect you to the call for the tele-Forum.
We are doing this Patient and Family Forum as teleconference to prevent the spread of infection and to keep in line with the current policies in place at the VA and the Houston area.
Topic: Parkinson's Disease Medications, What are they? And how can they be best managed? Q&A session to follow.
Presentor: Aliya Sarwar, MD
Please call (713) 794-7842, Olga Diversé, for more information.
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Mail stop: 127-PD
Phone: (713) 770-1679
Fax: (713) 794-8888