The Movement Disorders Program at Butler Hospital specializes in caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, gait disorders, tremors, drug-induced movement disorders, ataxias, dystonias, and other movement disorders.
We provide diagnosis and comprehensive medical management of movement disorders. We offer innovative treatments such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) and botulinum toxin.
The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Butler Hospital specialize in caring for patients with:
The Movement Disorders Program expands upon Butler Hospital’s leading role as a major brain science research and teaching hospital focused on advancing understanding and developing innovative treatments of brain-based illnesses. We offer specialized psychiatric care, including inpatient, partial hospital and outpatient services.
Our goal in establishing a Movements Disorders Program at Butler Hospital is to foster greater collaboration among neurologists, psychiatrists and psychologists in treating the fatigue, depression, and apathy often associated with movement disorders. By leading important research and providing top quality, innovative patient care, the Movement Disorders Program seeks to build better understanding and improve treatments.
The Parkinson’s Information and Referral Center at Butler Hospital is the only resource center in Rhode Island sponsored by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). It serves as a resource for those with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their loved ones, and health care providers. This Center’s outreach is available to people statewide and beyond, regardless of their affiliation with Butler Hospital, any other medical facility, or physician. The Center provides current information about Parkinson’s disease and appropriate referrals to resources across the region.
The APDA Information and Referral Center at Butler Hospital is coordinated by Laurie Ann Oliveira, MSW, LICSW, and is under the medical direction of Dr. Joseph H. Friedman, neurologist and movement disorder specialist associated with Brown University.
A neurologist and recognized expert in Parkinson's disease, Dr. Joseph Friedman is the chief of the Butler Hospital's new Movement Disorders Program.
Victoria Chang, MD, completed her residency in neurology at Brown and a two-year fellowship in movement disorders at Columbia University Medical Center Neurological Institute.
A neurologist and movement disorder specialist, Dr. Gopalakrishnan completed medical school at Government Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.