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About Dr. Joseph Friedman

Recipient of the Aronson Chair for Neurodegenerative Disorders

Butler Hospital Endowed Chairs also provide an opportunity to recognize the physician who will be the recipient of the Chair and publicize the expertise this person brings to the institution, further raising the profile and reputation of Butler Hospital and its outstanding programs.

The Aronson Chair in Neurodegenerative Disorders will be awarded to the current Chief of Movement Disorders at Butler Hospital, Dr. Joseph H. Friedman.

Dr. Joseph H. Friedman

Joe FriedmanA neurologist and recognized expert in Parkinson's disease, Dr. Joseph H. Friedman is Chief of the Butler Hospital Movement Disorders Program. He received his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency in neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York.

A professor and chief of the division of Movement Disorders in the Department of Neurology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and adjunct professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Friedman is a recognized clinician, researcher, and educator in the treatment and study of Parkinson's and related movement disorders.

He is an active member in the Parkinson and the Huntington Study Groups, and participates in multicenter trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Michael J. Fox Foundation, pharmaceutical companies, and single-center unfunded studies. His most current research is studying fatigue and psychosis affecting people with Parkinson's, as well as the genetic causes of the illness. He is also working collaboratively with Butler's psychiatrists and psychologists on treatment and research addressing the behavioral aspects of movement disorders. A fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Friedman serves on the editorial board of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders and is editor-in-chief of Medicine & Health, Rhode Island, taking over the position following the retirement of Dr. Stanley Aronson. He was a member of the National Institute of Health's committees to define depression and psychosis in Parkinson's and was chosen by the International Movement Disorders Society to help evaluate rating scales for fatigue and psychosis in the disease and teach courses on psychosis in Parkinson's disease and drug-induced movement disorders.

Author of Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior: Coping With Parkinson's Disease (soon to be updated for a second edition) and co-author of Taking Charge: Good Medical Care for the Elderly and How to Get It, Dr. Friedman has also authored or co-authored over 400 papers, abstracts, and book chapters on a variety of topics related to movement disorders and has also presented numerous lectures to neurologists, psychiatrists, internists, health professionals, and patients throughout the United States and around the world.

In addition to his outstanding credentials and research program, Dr. Friedman's philosophy of care encompasses the relationship between the brain and behavior and the impact neurology has on all facets of a patient's quality of life.

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