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Deep brain stimulation surgery team

Recognized leaders

A leading movement disorders neurosurgeon and a world-renowned neurologist lead our multidisciplinary team. They provide the highest quality care to patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Our DBS surgery team has exceptional experience and expertise. The team includes:

  • Jules Nazzaro, MD
    Our movement disorders neurosurgeon has extensive experience in DBS surgery. He was codirector of one of the largest surgical programs for movement disorders in the Northeast. In addition, he led the research team that addressed the safety of MRI in positioning implanted DBS hardware. He joined the staff of The University of Kansas Health System specifically to work in our movement disorders surgery program.
  • Rajesh Pahwa, MD
    Our neurologist is a leader in diagnosing and treating movement disorders. He continues to publish peer-reviewed articles and to conduct clinical trials related to Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. His diagnosis ensures that a patient is eligible for surgery.
  • Intraoperative neurophysiologist
    During movement disorders surgery, this specialist uses microelectrode recording to help the neurosurgeon determine the precise location in the brain to implant the DBS leads. While the neurosurgeon implants the DBS leads, the intraoperative neurophysiologist monitors the patient's neurologic functions.
  • Neuropsychologists
    As part of our multidisciplinary team, neuropsychologists help determine a patient's eligibility for movement disorders surgery. They assess the patient's psychological and cognitive functions, which include emotions and memory. After movement disorders surgery, neuropsychologists provide follow-up care to patients.
  • Experienced neurology and neurosurgery nurses
    Our neurology and movement disorders surgery nurses are key members of the team. They work one-on-one with patients before, during and after surgery, including programming the neurostimulators implanted during DBS.
  • Anesthesiologists
    Because patients must remain awake during movement disorders surgery, anesthesiologists have the critical role of ensuring that patients are comfortable but alert.

Deep brain stimulation surgery

DBS provides electrical stimulation to a specific part of the brain to relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.

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