Movement Disorders

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program

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.

Contact Information:

Movement Disorders Program at
Butler Hospital
P: (401) 455-6669

Behavioral Health Service Call Center
For appointments or provider referrals contact Care New England’s Behavioral Health Services Call Center 24/7
P: 1 (844) 401-0111

Symptoms Include
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders include:
  • Tremors, particularly in the hands, arms, legs or head.
  • Stiff muscles.
  • Slow movement.
  • Difficulty with balance or walking.
Our Specialties

The Parkinson’s Disease and 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.
  • Other movement disorders.
A Focus on Research

Research is a major component of the Movement Disorders Program. We participate in multicenter trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and pharmaceutical companies and are active members of the Parkinson Study Group and the Huntington Study Group.

Brain Health

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.

Meet the Team

Joseph Friedman, MD

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 C. Chang, MD

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.

Umer Akbar, MD

Umer Akbar, MD, received his medical degree from the Medical University of the Americas. He completed his residency in neurology at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey and a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Florida.