The Aronson Chair for Neurodegenerative Disorders
If you or someone you know has Parkinson's disease (PD), you are not alone. In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD. There are a reported 2,500 cases in Rhode Island alone, with numbers growing daily. The Center for Disease Control rated complications from Parkinson's disease as the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. Worldwide, it is estimated that four to six million people suffer from the condition.
In 1997, Butler Hospital established its Neurology Services Center, to offer specialized care in Memory and Aging. Its Movement Disorders Program was added to the Center in 2010. Focused on specialized clinical care and research on conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, Butler Hospital's neurology department is staffed by a team of national and international experts in neurology, neuro-imaging, and neuropsychology.
Dr. Stanley Aronson, an expert in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of children and adults affected by neurodegenerative fisorders and founding dean of The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, was a moving force in the creation of the Center. Clinical research studies had provided irrefutable evidence of the connection between neurodegenerative disorders and the effect these conditions have on a patient's mental, emotional, and physical well-being, making Butler Hospital an excellent location for a center of this kind.
Butler's Movement Disorders Program is the only one of its kind in the country where a patient's neurologist joins a team of experts, including psychiatrist, psychologist, neurosurgeon, and neuropsychologist, working in close partnership at the same facility. Butler's programs are profoundly effective because of our ability to provide a continuum of care – where all of a patient's caregivers appreciate the diagnosis and course of treatment. Such comprehensive care can only be found at Butler.
About the Neurology Services Center
Focused on specialized clinical care and research on conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, Butler Hospital's Neurology Services Center is staffed by a team of national and international experts in neurology, neuro-imaging, and neuropsychology.
Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital specializes in treating people with Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). The program also offers national and international clinical research trials for Alzheimer's disease and NPH. The Memory and Aging Program also includes a Center for Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics in Alzheimer's disease, which combines an advanced brain imaging laboratory, an infusion suite, and a functional outcomes laboratory to improve early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.