Parkinson's Disease In The Crossfire 2012: Faculty

Lawrence Elmer, MD, PhD

Lawrence Elmer, MD, PhD—Moderator


Disclosure
Speaker’s Bureau/Consulting: Lundbeck, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc., UCB
Unrestricted Educational Grant: GlaxoSmithKline Corporation, Teva
Biography

Professor of Neurology
Director, The Center for Neurological Health
Director, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program
University of Toledo College of Medicine,
Toledo, OH


On the list of “America’s Best Doctors” since 2001, Dr. Larry Elmer received his MD and PhD from the University of Florida, completed postgraduate training at the Baylor College of Medicine, an internship in internal medicine at the Sioux Falls Veterans Administration Hospital, and a residency in neurology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Elmer completed a basic science and clinical fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Michigan Department of Neurology while conducting research on the Huntington's gene in the laboratory of Francis Collins at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Michigan. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Elmer joined the faculty of the University of Toledo College of Medicine in 1998, where he has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout the university, most recently as President of the Faculty Senate at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus. He serves on multiple local and national Parkinson's disease advisory boards, and speaks frequently at medical education programs throughout the region and country, and he often visits support group meetings for people with Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases.

Dr. Elmer's research is primarily focused on emerging pharmacologic treatments for Parkinson's disease. He has participated as a site investigator for the Parkinson Study Group for many years and is an ad hoc reviewer for journals such as Neurology, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Movement Disorders. He has authored numerous book chapters and publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Neurology, Vascular, Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Neurology Clinics, Molecular Pharmacology, Nature Genetics, Nature, and Journal of Cell Biology.

Sierra M. Farris PC-C MPAS

Sierra M. Farris, MPAS, PC-C


Disclosure
Nothing to disclose
Biography

Neurological Physician Assistant
Deep Brain Stimulation Programmer
Seattle Washington


Sierra M. Farris completed her physician assistant training at State University of New York at Stony Brook; earned a master's degree in both clinical neurology and philosophy. She is also a clinical exercise specialist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, with primary research interests in exercise as a treatment for Parkinson's disease. Sierra climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in July 2011, reaching the summit with a team of individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis and plans on climbing Long’s Peak in Colorado with the same team in July 2012.

Sierra has cared for patients with movement disorders for over 12 years, in interdisciplinary team settings with neuro-rehabilitation and movement disorders specialists while practicing in the Seattle area, and neurosurgery with a concentration in deep brain stimulation while at the Cleveland Clinic. She is a deep brain stimulation programming specialist and consultant, and has programmed more than 1000 neurostimulators for multiple neurological conditions. She currently holds a teaching appointment in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. Sierra publishes and lectures frequently about Parkinson's disease and DBS.

Susan L. Heath, MSN RN CNRN

Susan L. Heath, MSN, RN, CNRN


Disclosure
Consultant/Speaker: Teva Neuroscience, Medtronic, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, WEMOVE.org
Biography

Associate Director of Clinical Care, PADRECC
(Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center)
San Francisco VA Medical Center,
San Francisco, CA


A Neuroscience Advance Practice Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Susan Heath, has more than 20 years of experience as a neuroscience nurse, and has spent 10 years in movement disorders. She has advanced the field of nursing in the surgical management of patients with implanted deep brain stimulation, and is the DBS Program Coordinator at the SFVAMC. Susan earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from California State University, Hayward; then her Master of Science degree from the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Physiological Nursing. She has developed and presented more than 100 courses on programming of implanted DBS devices as well as the management of this challenging patient population.

Christina M. Whitney, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC

Christina M. Whitney, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC


Disclosure
Speaker: Teva Neuroscience
Biography

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Movement Disorders Center
The Neurological Institute
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Cleveland, OH


Christina Whitney received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and her doctorate in nursing from Rush University in Chicago. She has many years of experience in neuroscience nursing both in academia and clinical practice. She is a clinical nurse specialist working with a team of specialists in the Movement Disorders Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Dr. Whitney has a busy outpatient practice that involves caring for persons with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. A large portion of her practice involves caring for persons who had deep brain stimulation surgery for the treatment of their movement disorder. She is actively involved in research. She has presented at regional and national meetings on the care of persons with movement disorders.

David A. Tullar, PA-C

David A. Tullar, PA-C


Disclosure
Nothing to disclose
Biography

Neurological Physician Assistant
Health Partners Neuroscience
Assistant Director, Center for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care
St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN


David Tullar completed his training as a Physician Assistant at Oregon Health and Sciences University with further specialty training in Neurology at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. His focus is on neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, and Dementias such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

As the Coordinator for HealthPartners Center for Dementia and Alzheimers Care, David works to bring many important resources together to meet the needs of the patient and also address the needs of caregivers and families. In addition to work in the clinic David is involved in the surgical treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor.

When not actively working with patients, caregivers and families, David enjoys fly fishing and fine jazz music.



Parkinson's Disease In The Crossfire 2011: Faculty

Lawrence Elmer, MD, PhD

Lawrence Elmer, MD, PhD—Moderator


Disclosure
Speaker: GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Biography

Professor of Neurology
Director, The Center for Neurological Health
Director, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program
University of Toledo College of Medicine,
Toledo, OH


On the list of “America’s Best Doctors” since 2001, Dr. Larry Elmer received his MD and PhD from the University of Florida, completed postgraduate training at the Baylor College of Medicine, an internship in internal medicine at the Sioux Falls Veterans Administration Hospital, and a residency in neurology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Elmer completed a basic science and clinical fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Michigan Department of Neurology while conducting research on the Huntington's gene in the laboratory of Francis Collins at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Michigan. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Elmer joined the faculty of the University of Toledo College of Medicine in 1998, where he has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout the university, most recently as President of the Faculty Senate at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus. He serves on multiple local and national Parkinson's disease advisory boards, and speaks frequently at medical education programs throughout the region and country, and he often visits support group meetings for people with Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases.

Dr. Elmer's research is primarily focused on emerging pharmacologic treatments for Parkinson's disease. He has participated as a site investigator for the Parkinson Study Group for many years and is an ad hoc reviewer for journals such as Neurology, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Movement Disorders. He has authored numerous book chapters and publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Neurology, Vascular, Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Neurology Clinics, Molecular Pharmacology, Nature Genetics, Nature, and Journal of Cell Biology.

Sierra M. Farris PC-C MPAS

Sierra M. Farris, MS, PC-C


Disclosure
Speaker's Bureau: Teva Neuroscience
Consultant: Medtronic
Biography

Neurological Physician Assistant
Deep Brain Stimulation Programmer
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle Washington


Sierra M. Farris completed her physician assistant training at State University of New York at Stony Brook; earned a master's degree in clinical neurology, and has recently completed the Philosophy Bioethics graduate program at Cleveland State University. She is also a clinical exercise specialist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, with primary research interests in exercise as a treatment for Parkinson's disease. Sierra recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, reaching the summit with a team of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

Sierra has cared for patients with movement disorders for over 11 years, including interdisciplinary team settings with neuro-rehabilitation and movement disorders specialists while practicing in the Seattle area, and neurosurgery with concentration in deep brain stimulation while at the Cleveland Clinic. She is a deep brain stimulation programming specialist and consultant, and has programmed more than 1000 neurostimulators for multiple neurological conditions. She currently holds a teaching appointment in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. Sierra publishes and lectures frequently about Parkinson's disease and DBS.

Christina M. Whitney, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC

Christina M. Whitney, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC


Disclosure
Honorarium: Teva Neuroscience
Biography

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Movement Disorders Center
The Neurological Institute
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Cleveland, OH


Christina Whitney received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and her doctorate in nursing from Rush University in Chicago. She has many years of experience in neuroscience nursing both in academia and clinical practice. She is a clinical nurse specialist working with a team of specialists in the Movement Disorders Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Dr. Whitney has a busy outpatient practice that involves caring for persons with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. A large portion of her practice involves caring for persons who had deep brain stimulation surgery for the treatment of their movement disorder. She is actively involved in research. She has presented at regional and national meetings on the care of persons with movement disorders.

Susan L. Heath, MSN RN CNRN

Susan L. Heath, MSN, RN, CNRN


Disclosure
Consultant/Speaker: Teva Neuroscience, Medtronic, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, WEMOVE.org
Biography

Associate Director of Clinical Care, PADRECC
(Parkinson's Disease, Research, Education, and Clinical Center)
San Francisco VA Medical Center,
San Francisco, CA


A Neuroscience Advance Practice Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Susan Heath, has more than 20 years of experience as a neuroscience nurse, and has spent 10 years in movement disorders. She has advanced the field of nursing in the surgical management of patients with implanted deep brain stimulation, and is the DBS Program Coordinator at the SFVAMC. Susan earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from California State University, Hayward; then her Master of Science degree from the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Physiological Nursing. She has developed and presented more than 100 courses on programming of implanted DBS devices as well as the management of this challenging patient population.

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