Clinical Fellowship Training Program

Despite dramatic advances in dystonia treatment and research, the frequency of missed or delayed diagnosis remains all too common. Individuals with dystonia continue to report difficulties in locating physicians who know how to evaluate their needs and develop a customized treatment plan. This underscores the urgent need for training additional experts in dystonia through clinical fellowships in movement disorders. As part of a commitment to nurturing the next generation of dystonia specialists, the DMRF sponsors one-year $75,000 clinical fellowships to train second-year fellow physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders with special competence in dystonia.

Congratulations to our 2016 Clinical Fellows and their mentors:

Wissam Deeb, MD
University of Florida
Mentor: Aparna Wagle-Shukla, MBBS, DNB, MD

Elliot Hogg, MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Mentor: Michele Tagliati, MD

Karin Mente, MD
National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
Mentor: Mark Hallett, MD

Dhanya Vijayakumar, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Mentor: Joseph Jankovic, MD

The Clinical Fellowship Program is made possible by grants from Merz Pharmaceuticals and the Allergan Foundation.

For further information and clinical fellowship application details please contact Jody Roosevelt at

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