Jerrold Vitek, MD, PhD

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Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology
"Each DBS case we do is as rewarding as the first. To be able to return function to patients whose lives have been severely affected by their disease is an experience that one never gets accustomed to; I don’t know what I could do that could be better than that."

Jerrold Vitek, MD, PhD, is an internationally renowned neurologist who specializes in the surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and tremor. He has been a pioneer in the field of deep brain stimulation (DBS). His primary research interests include the development of DBS and other surgical techniques for the treatment of neurological (Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and tremor) and psychiatric disease. His work in understanding physiological mechanisms that underlie the development of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia and how DBS works to improve movement in these patients has led to the advancement of novel brain targets and new application for DBS in the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.