Meet Our Team
The movement disorders team at the Robert and John M. Bendheim Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center includes:
- Steven Frucht, MD: Dr. Frucht, Director of Movement Disorders at the Robert and John M. Bendheim Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center, specializes in the treatment of hyperkinetic movement disorders, including task-specific dystonia affecting musicians (an area of interest given his training as a classical musician), myoclonus, and tremor. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard.
- Catherine Cho, MD, MSCR: Dr. Cho practices within the Robert and John M. Bendheim Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center. She specializes in the treatment of gait and balance disorders, Parkinson’s disease , tremor, dystonia, and ataxia. She has expertise in deep brain stimulation (DBS) and botulinum toxin in the treatment of movement disorders.
- Paul Greene, MD: Dr. Greene completed a Fellowship in Movement Disorders at the Columbia University Medical Center. He then served as a member of Columbia’s Neurology faculty for more than 20 years before joining the Mount Sinai team. Dr. Greene has published and lectured extensively about dystonia and other movement disorders.
- Brian Kopell, MD: Dr. Kopell is the Director of the Center for Neuromodulation at Mount Sinai. He has served as the principal investigator in several clinical trials of emerging neuromodulation technologies targeting disorders such as Parkinson's disease, tremor, tinnitus, and major depression. Dr. Kopell has pioneered the use of intraoperative imaging during DBS cases to supplement the microelectrode recording typically done to make the procedure safer and quicker for patients. He received his medical degree from New York University.
- C. Warren Olanow, MD: Dr. Olanow is the Henry P. and Georgette Goldschmidt Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Neurology. Dr. Olanow has served as president of the Movement Disorder Society and the International Society of Motor Disturbances. He has been named an honorary professor at the University of London (Royal Free Hospital), and he is an honorary member of the French Neurological Society. Dr. Olanow is a board member of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, a NASA consortium. His clinical and basic science research efforts are directed toward defining more effective therapies for Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Olanow has authored more than 350 publications and has lectured on movement disorders at universities and conferences throughout the world.
- Toni S. Pearson, MD: Dr. Pearson is a pediatric neurologist who is trained to diagnose and treat movement disorders in children and adolescents. She received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Dr. Pearson completed residency training in Pediatrics at Montreal Children’s Hospital and at the Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. She went on to do a residency in Child Neurology in Movement Disorders at Columbia University. She also completed a fellowship program at Columbia University that included laboratory research experience in the field of human motor control. Dr. Pearson received an Academy of Neurology Foundation clinical research training fellowship in 2009 which allowed her to study mechanisms of motor learning and recovery in children.
- Ritesh Ramdhani, MD: Dr. Ramdhani received his medical degree and completed a Fellowship in Movement Disorders at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is the Associate Director of the Movement Disorders Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) program at Mount Sinai. As such, Dr. Ramdhani works with a multidisciplinary team that uses DBS in the treatment of refractory Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and tremor. In addition, he evaluates and cares for patients with a wide variety of movement disorders. His research interests include using neuroimaging techniques to study structural brain changes in patients with movement disorders, specifically dystonia.
- David Swope, MD: Dr. Swope specializes in the treatment of movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. Dr. Swope was Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Loma Linda University for 16 years prior to joining the Mount Sinai Neurology Department. Dr. Swope is an Associate Professor of Neurology and a Fellow in the American Neurologic Association.
- Winona Tse, MD: Dr. Tse sees patients with Parkinson’s disease, tremor disorders, dystonia, and other movement disorders. She has published journal articles, reviews, and textbook chapters on Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, movement disorders in HIV infection, and restless legs syndrome. Dr. Tse is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a diplomate of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
- Miodrag Velickovic, MD: Dr. Velickovic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, Wilson’s disease, tremor, and ataxia. Dr. Velickovic has served as faculty for American Academy of Neurology workshops on botulinum toxin injections for cervical, laryngeal, and oromandibular dystonia; blepharospasm; and hemifacial spasm.
- Ruth Walker, MB, ChB, PhD: Dr. Walker is an internationally recognized expert in chorea – in particular the very rare disorders known as neuroacanthocytosis, which includes chorea-acanthocytosis and McLeod's syndrome. She regularly lectures on these topics at national and international meetings. She is Director of the Movement Disorders clinic at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx, which is affiliated with Mount Sinai. Dr. Walker sees patients at The Mount Sinai Hospital on a research basis, and she is readily available for consultation to other members of the team. She received her degrees from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Robert and John M. Bendheim Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center
5 East 98th Street, Box 1138
New York, NY 10029-6574