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Movement Disorders Fellowship

Number of Fellows: 1-2 per year
Length: 1-2 years
Accreditation: non-accredited
Salary Level: PGY 5 Level

Program Overview

Emory Movement Disorders program offers a comprehensive movement disorders fellowship which accepts 1-2 fellows annually. The focus in the first year is on intensive clinical training, while optional second year can be tailored to fellows’ specific clinical and research interests. Caring for more than 10,000 patients annually, the Emory Movement Disorders program offers fellows exposure to the full range of movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonism, dystonia, tremor disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, Huntington’s disease, ataxias, drug-induced movement disorders and other neurogenetic disorders. In addition, a very active Botulinum Toxin Injection Clinic treats over 1000 patients with dystonia, and a very active Deep Brain Stimulation program provides experience in the operating room and with programming post-operatively. We perform DBS surgery routinely on patients with tremor, Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, and treat close to 100 patients annually. The second year can be tailored to the interest of the fellow including experience in functional neurosurgery, sleep, cognitive disorders, clinical and basic research. The Department of Neurology consistently ranks among the top few institutions in federal research funding with a substantial portion in movement disorders. With a large and highly productive research faculty in both clinical and basic research, fellows have the opportunity to design an individualized research training program in either clinical or laboratory aspects of movement disorders.

Successful completion of an ACGME-accredited neurology residency is required.

We participate in SF Match.

Contact Information:

Program Director:
Stewart A. Factor, DO
Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
1841 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Program Administrator:
Pamela B. Mitchell, BS
Neurology – Movement Disorders
Emory University School of Medicine
12 Executive Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 712-7237
FAX: (404) 727-0803

Current Fellows:


Paul Beach, DO, PhD

Paul Beach was born and raised in southwest Michigan and became interested in movement disorders shortly after starting neurology residency at Emory University. He obtained his BA in biology with neuroscience concentration at Albion College prior to his DO and PhD in neuroscience at Michigan State University. As a graduate student Paul studied how pain and self-recognition are altered in Alzheimer’s disease patients through behavioral testing and fMRI techniques. His clinical and research interests involve the intersection of affect, cognition, motor, and autonomic function in the context of movement disorders and other neurologic diseases. This interest led to development of a pilot study to examine a novel, non-invasive EEG-based measure of central autonomic function in Parkinson’s disease, the Heartbeat Evoked Potential (HEP). In his spare time he enjoys exercising and spending time with his wife, Linda, and their two sons.


Chris Caughman, MD

Chris Caughman recently completed his neurology residency at Emory University. 


Margi Patel, MD

Margi Patel completed her medical school in Ahmedabad, India and joined neurology residency at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she also served as a Chief Resident. While being at UAB, she was also elected a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society because of her dedication to clinical patient care, research, teaching, leadership roles and voluntary work. She chose Movement Disorders as her career because of the strength of clinical role and the great potential that the field holds to help these patients with devastating neurological disorders. Her primary interest lies in Deep Brain Stimulation, Botulinum Toxin injections, Focused Ultrasound and other procedures related to Movement Disorders. Outside of work, she has played tennis at a professional level, obtained a degree in Indian Classical dancing, enjoys traveling and meeting people from different cultures.


Former Fellows:


Residency Institution


Current Position

Sahyli Perez Parra, MD



Private practice, Florida

Richa Tripathi, MD

Wayne State


Assistant Professor, West Virginia University

Lenora Higginbotham, MD

Johns Hopkins


Assistant Professor, Emory

Anh-Thu Vu, MD

Univ. of Pennsylvania


Assistant Professor, Drexel

Joash Lazarus, MD

Emory University


Private practice, Atlanta, GA

Vibhash Sharma, MD

UT Southwestern


Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

Laura Scorr, MD

Thomas Jefferson


Assistant Professor, Emory

Jaime Hatcher-Martin, MD, PhD

Emory University


Assistant Professor, Emory

Aasef Shaikh, MD, PhD

UH Case Medical Center


Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Shaohua (Daniel) Chen, MD



Private Practice, Pennsylvania

Michael Silver, MD



Assistant Professor, Emory

Daniel Huddleston, MD



Assistant Professor, Emory

Leslie Cloud, MD



Associate Professor, VA

Gonzalo Revuelta, DO



Associate Professor, Medical University South Carolina

Camille Vaughn, MD



Associate Professor, Geriatrics, Emory

Pratibha Aia, MD



Associate Professor, Emory

Christine Doss-Esper, MD



Associate Professor, Emory

Saima Athar, MD



Assistant Professor of Neurology, MUSC

Marsha Smith, MD



Private practice, Ohio

James Greene, MD, PhD



Associate Professor, Emory




Adjunct Faculty, University of Tennessee

Karen Sawabini, MD



Private practice, Knoxville, TN

Xuemei Huang, MD



Associate Professor, Penn State College of Medicine

Michael Okun, MD



Chairman of Neurology, Director of Movement Disorders at University of Florida Medical School, Gainesville, FL, Medical Director, National Parkinson Foundation

Claudia Testa, MD, PhD



Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Bing Liu, MD



Private practice, Concord, NC

Natividad Stover, MD



Assistant Professor of Neurology at University of Alabama in Birmingham

Kevin Cannard, MD



Associate Professor, Neurology and Medicine (Clinical Pharmacology) Uniformed Services University, Neurologist, Walter Reed Army & National Naval Med. Cntrs.

Thyagarajan Subramania, MD



Professor of Neurology, Hershey School of Medicine

Scott Chandler, MD



Vice-president of Health Affairs and Strategic Relations at Healtheon/WebMD