Board Certification

Congratulations to our two first-year fellows, Alex Baumgartner, MD and Michael Korsmo, MD, for passing their neurology board examinations through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology!

When we select fellows for our training program, they must be eligible to take these board examinations. This means they must meet all of the minimum requirements to take the exam by the start of their fellowship training. Fellows typically take the test towards the end of their first semester which is the earliest the test is offered.

Board certifications are important because they promote and assess the competence of physicians when beginning and throughout their careers. Board-certified physicians must provide proof that they are continuing their education through Continuing Medical Education credits and are recertified at set intervals throughout their career.

While board certifications are not required to practice medicine, they are an extra step many physicians choose to take. The certifications demonstrate the physicians are keeping up with the most recent advancements in their specialties and their desire to provide high-quality care to their patients. Board certifications are specific to each specialty and therefore maintain more specific standards to maintain certifcation.

All of the movement disorders specialists at the University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center are board-certified in neurology.

Say congratulations to our fellows if you see them in clinic!

Welcome to Our New Fellows

The Movement Disorders Center values training the next generation of movement disorders specialist. We host medical students and neurology residents. In addition, our movement disorders center section hosts a fellowship program.

Our fellows have completed their medical training in Neurology and have elected to deepen their expertise in movement disorders. We’d like to give a warm welcome to our newest first-year fellows, Dr. Alexander Baumgartner and Dr. Michael Korsmo.

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Dr. Baumgartner was born and raised in Lakewood, CO. He obtained his medical degree from Brown University in Providence, RI. He completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston. During his residency, he served as chief resident in his final year. He is excited to being a fellowship in Movement Disorders in July 2020 and to be returning home to Colorado.

Dr. Korsmo completed his medical education at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. While in residency, he created and launched the university’s first Global Health Neurology rotation with the first site n Malawi. He also served as Chief Resident of Education where he restructured their introductory “Boot Camp” and Morning Report sessions. Beyond Movement Disorders, his interests include education, clinical reasoning, and global/rural health.

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Dr. Baumgartner and Dr. Korsmo join Dr. Teresa Lee who is completing her second year of fellowship. We look forward to working with our new fellows. Say hello when you see them in clinic.

Farewell to our Fellows!

Join us in celebrating the graduates of our University of Colorado Movement Disorders Fellowship. We wish them the best of luck.

Jeanne Feuerstein, MD

Jeanne Feuerstein Movement Disorders FellowshipDuring her two-year fellowship, Jeanne Feuerstein, MD accomplished so much. She received the University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center Pilot Grant and two travel awards to attend international conferences. During the Movement Disorders Society’s 2019 International Congress, Dr. Feuerstein presented a case study which also resulted in a forthcoming publication. Also, she was the first author on two published abstracts and one upcoming publication. She co-led a local PD-SELF group during her first year. In addition, Dr. Feuerstein became a first-time mother. After her fellowship, we are excited that she will be joining the University of Colorado Movement Disorders faculty as an Assistant Professor focusing on a role at the VA.

Lisa Deuel, MD

Lisa Deuel Movement Disorders FellowshipLisa Deuel, MD began her fellowship with us in 2018 and she has had a very successful two years at the University of Colorado. Lisa presented two abstracts at international conferences – the 2020 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting and the 2019 International Movement Disorders Congress. She was awarded the Movement Disorders Center Pilot Grant Award to study “Sex Disparities in deep brain stimulation for patients with essential tremor.” She published two case reports in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she was a co-moderator of a PD-SELF group in Denver. Dr. Deuel will be starting as an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont Medical Center where she will work as a Movement Disorders specialist and serve as the fellowship director.

Caroline Goldin, MD

Caroline Goldin Movement Disorders FellowshipCaroline Goldin, MD joined our team as a fellow in the summer of 2019. During the past year, Dr. Goldin co-wrote a chapter on the treatment of Parkinson disease for a physical medicine & rehabilitation textbook. She began to build a best practice review for the University of Colorado Hospital’s electronic medical practice. This review will work to stop Parkinson disease patients from getting the wrong medications when they are hospitalized. She led a team of many specialists in writing a paper about the use of neuropalliative care for deep brain stimulation patients. Dr. Goldin will start a neuro-oncology fellowship at the University of Colorado in July 2020 to add to her movement disorders training.

Teresea Lee, MD

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During her first year, Teresa Lee, MD received the Movement Disorders Center Pilot Grant Award for her research with DBS and smartphone applications. She presented an online poster on wellness in Neurology residents at the 2020 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting. She spoke at the University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center’s Annual Parkinson Disease Symposium. She also presented a webinar for the Parkinson Association of the Rockies on COVID-19 and Parkinson Disease. Dr. Lee is also enrolled in the Master of Public Health program with a focus in global health and epidemiology. Dr. Lee is staying with us to complete another year of fellowship.

We wish them the best and looking forward to seeing what they accomplish.

Upcoming Events for Parkinson Disease

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The faculty and staff of the Movement Disorders Center has moved online for many things. Many of our upcoming events for Parkinson disease community have also been moved online. We miss meeting in person but have been able to continue our collaborations and work.

One of the great things we have found through these tough times is the ability to connect with other groups and organizations. We have been working virtually with groups throughout Colorado and throughout the country. Our community has access to more information and more resources.

Upcoming Events for Parkinson Disease | Movement Disorders Center

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson Disease and Essential Tremor

Dr. Drew Kern is hosting a webinar about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Essential Tremor and Parkinson disease. The webinar will be Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM MT.

Dr. Kern will talk about the DBS process, different products available, and the benefits and risks of surgery.

The webinar is free, but please register here before. After registering, you will get a confirmation email with instructions to join the webinar.

Upcoming Events for Parkinson Disease | Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Care Partner Summit

The Parkinson Foundation summit will take place virtually on Saturday, May 16th from 12:00 pm- 3:30 pm ET (10:00 am – 1:30 pm). This year’s Summit will focus on the unique journey of a care partner, with our theme: Planning for the Unpredictable Path of Parkinson’s Caregiving.

A timely topic during the COVID-19 pandemic, the speakers and care partners are ready to share their insight and encouragement to those caring for someone living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). We recognize the hard work that goes into caregiving and we want to create this space for them to share their life lessons, learn from each other and grow in their self-care skills.

The summit will be online only, and individuals may register for English or Spanish. The Care Partner Summit will be focused on the following topics:

  • Cognitive Changes
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Care
  • Practical Planning

PD Health @ Home

During this challenging and often isolating time of social distancing, now more than ever PF recognizes the importance for people within the Parkinson’s community to stay active, connect with each other, and receive support no matter their physical location.

Visit Parkinson.org/PDHealth for a full list of events. Participants can register for virtual community engagement events of interest and put them on their calendars.  You can join PF for these upcoming events:

Mindfulness Mondays
Start your week with calmness, as you take part in guided relaxation techniques to help boost brain power and reduce stress. Sign up now. View past events.

Expert Briefings Tuesdays
Taking place in home offices across the nation, the PF will host webinars about the PD topics that matter most to you. Sign up now. View past events.

Wellness Wednesdays
Join us at noon for a Facebook Live event or a PD-related educational video that will highlight PD awareness, research, or treatments. Follow us on Facebook now. View past events.

Take Time Thursdays
Choose from several virtual events taking place across local chapters. Engage with a PD expert on the topics that matter most to you ― from exercise, nutrition, stress management, and more. Sign up now. View past events.

Fitness Fridays
This PD-tailored 10-part fitness series will feature a new focus every week, from balance to coordination, posture, and more. Watch each 12-minute session from home as many times as you wish. Watch now!

Consult with your healthcare team before beginning any new physical activity, including online exercise classes and programs. The Parkinson’s Foundation is in no way liable or responsible for injuries sustained from online classes.

PD Health @ Home will be held from April 6 to June 11. Find all PD Health @ Home programs here. Register for the events that interest you and put them on your calendar. New to virtual events? Read our guide here.

Resources That are Always Available
The Parkinson’s Foundation is dedicated to empowering the PD community through education. Below are additional resources always available to you:

  • PD Conversations
  • Parkinson’s Today Blog
  • Bilingual Helpline 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) Weekdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Substantial Matters Podcast
  • Expert Briefing Webinars

Stay healthy and well!

Update on Annual Events + Another Congrats!

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An Update on Our Annual Events

The Movement Disorders Center hosts many annual events. The safety of our attendees is always a priority. However, COVID-19 brings additional concerns. Because of this, we are constantly re-evaluating the safety of our events.

In light of this, we have postponed our annual Huntington’s Disease conference. Please save our new date of September 26, 2020. We hope to host this event in person, but you can look for updates on the Events page. We will provide informatino in a timely manner.

At this time, we are still going forward as planned with our 7th Annual Parkinson Disease Conference on October 3, 2020. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes.

We know these annual events are important to the community and will work hard to make sure you receive the benefits they offer.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr. Christina Vaughan and the Neuropalliative team. Dr. Vaughan and her team received the Fast-Track Grant Response: COVID-1 award. She received full funding from the Adria Foundation.

This will allow Dr. Vaughan to proactively reach out to her patients and their families in the face of COVID-19. It will also provide temporary tele-health equipment for those who need it. Her hope is that reaching out to patients will provide the following benefits:

  • Prevent unneeded trips to the emergency room
  • Prevent symptoms from getting worse
  • Identify families in need of food and/or supplies
  • Identify emotional or spiritual concerns.

Again, congratulations to Dr. Vaughan and her team!

Dr. Holden Awarded Funding to Study Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Congratulations to Dr. Samantha Holden! Dr. Holden was awarded the University of Colorado Department of Neurology’s Intradepartmental Grant. She was given this support for her study “The eyes have it: a pilot study of wearable eye-tracking metrics as a clinical marker of cognitive fluctuations in dementia with Lewy bodies.”

Dr. Holden will lead this study under the guidance of Dr. Victoria Pelak. Dr. Holden and Dr. Pelak serve as co-directors of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Lewy Body Dementia Association Center of Excellence.

Dr. Holden’s Demetia with Lewy Bodies Study

Cognitive fluctuations are periods of time when a person is less alert and aware (i.e. “zoned out”). They are very common and happen often in people with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). The fluctuations can also occur in other forms of dementia but happen more often and cause more problems in peple with DLB. Cognitive fluctuations are one of the four main features of DLB. Other key features are parkinsonism, visual hallucinations, and REM behavior disorder.

Unfortunately, even though they are common, we have no good way to keep track of cognitive fluctuations in people with DLB. Right now we depend on people who know the person well to see it happening and report it to their doctors. This is not ideal and has led to difficulty in both diagnosing and treating DLB. For example, it may look like a new treatment for DLB is not working when it actually is because the person with DLB had a fluctuation during their memory testing and no one else noticed.

We know there are specific patterns of eye movement changes linked with lack of sleep and its associated “zoning out” spells in people without DLB. Dr. Holden’s study will see if there are also changes in the eye movements of people with DBL during their cognitive fluctuations. She will use wearable eye-tracking glasses to study the eye movements of people with DLB while they are at rest and during memory testing. The study will also compare the eye movements of people with DBL to people with Alzheimer’s disease, and to older adults without any memory changes. If these glasses work, eye tracking devices could catch cognitive fluctuations as they are happening in a reliable way. This would lead to the right adjustments in treatment or testing for DLB in response.

COVID-19 Updates

Our fellow Teresa Lee, MD and Associate Professor Lauren Seeberger, MD, FAAN gave an on-line presentation on COVID-19 and Parkinson disease for the Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies. You can watch it at any time.

The Parkinson’s Foundation is offering ways to stay connected to the Parkinson’s community online. They are offering exercise and educational events online. To see the full list of classes, please visit their website.

If you don’t already have one, please make sure you order your Aware in Care kit. These kits help you prepare for planned and unplanned hospitalizations. Be sure to update your medication lists.

We hope you continue to stay well.

COVID-19 Update

We are announcing our new Movement Disorders Center website a little earlier than expected. This website is still a work in progress. However, it offers us additional opportunities to keep in touch with our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ve released our Spring 2020 On the Move! Newsletter. Please see our newsletter section to read the latest MDC news.

UCHealth has implemented guidelines to keep patients, providers, and staff healthy during this time. The Neurology department has added their own measures too. If you have an appointment in the upcoming weeks, you may be getting a call to move your appointment to a virtual visit at your provider’s discretion. Virtual visits will help us make sure all our patients are seen in a timely manner. Providers are monitoring their schedules very closely.

To see UCHealth’s policy please visit UCHealth’s website.

Movement Disorders ColoradoAlthough we’ve been treading a lot of new terrain through this pandemic, we are excited by how connected technology has kept us. On Wednesday, March 18, we hosted our first virtual movement disorders learning session. Our fellows were able to continue their education despite the distance between us!

We are trying to keep things uninterrupted when possible and appreciate your flexibility with appointments.

We recommend checking the links below for updates on COVID-19.

Parkinson’s Foundation
Center for Disease Control
CDC Fact Sheet

Stay Well!

-The Movement Disorders Team

6th Annual Parkinson Disease Symposium

The Movement Disorders Center (MDC) hosted its 6th Annual Parkinson Disease Symposium on Saturday, October 26 at the Bruce Schroffel Conference Center. The annual conference was co-hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation and was the first since MDC achieved the Center of Excellence designation.

MDC welcomed 290 people with Parkinson Disease, care partners, and family members and 43 volunteers and representatives from partnering community organizations. These organizations included Davis Phinney Foundation, Parkinson Association of the Rockies, Rehabilitative Rhythms, Reconnect with your Body, LSVT Global, Parkinson’s Pointe, and PD SELF.

The conference included talks about Etiology and Medications (Teresa Lee, MD), Genetics (Lisa Deuel, MD), Hospital Stays and Surgery Following a PD Diagnosis (Michelle Fullard, MD, MSCE and Jessica Barr, PA-C), Eye and Vision Problems (Erin Van Dok, O.D.), Research (Maureen Leehey, MD, FAAN), Sex and Intimacy (Susan Coates, Susan Coates Coaching), and Sleep (Brian Berman, MD, MS, FAAN). The day was emceed by Lauren Seeberger, MD, FAAN.

“Best symposium attended in a long time. Presentation length just right to cover topics and maintain attention. Enjoyed the variety of topics. Speakers presented well and able to relate to PD individuals and interject a bit of humor.”

Considering this year’s at-capacity conference room and an inability to accommodate all who want to attend, the symposium will be moving to the CU South Denver campus for 2020. While this may be farther away for some of our attendees, the new location’s amenities promise to be a great match for the needs of attendees and the conference.

The 2020 symposium will be Saturday, October 3. This year’s presentations and slides can be found on our website and on our YouTube channel. You can check our calendar for other upcoming events.

“We are new to PD and are thrilled to find out there are awesome resources available such as this conference.”

MDC Designated a Parkinson Disease Center of Excellence

The faculty and staff at the University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center (MDC) are excited to announce we have earned the designation of Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. Dr. Lauren Seeberger and Dr. Maureen Leehey will serve as co-directors.

The MD is now one of 34 center in the United States and one of 48 sites internationally. 

MDC showcased its commitment to the criteria of a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence throughout the application process. These criteria include practicing at the highest level of evidence-based patient care, conducting relecant research that serves patient priorities, leadership in professional training, and educating patients and the community through outreach programs. 

The team at MDC is made up of Movement Disorders-trained neurologists, neuro-palliative neurologists, neuro-behavioral neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, rehabilitative medicine specialists, speech language therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, neuro-psychiatrists, and many others, including the invaluable Parkinson disease organizations throughout our community. This team has a deep understanding of all aspects of Parkinson disease and its therapies. 

“We learned so much about our own program going through the rigorous process to receive designation as a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence,” said Dr. Seeberger.

 

Receiving this designation is an incredible honor and we look forward to deepening our relationships with those in our PD community. In doing so, we also look forward to elevating standards of care for people with PD and those who care for them. 

“The team at the University of Colorado is thrilled to be part of a larger network of high-performing sites that allow us to share what we do well and create opportunities to raise the bar by incorporating successful programs from other sites,” said Dr. Leehey.

Our Center is Here to Help

In 2018, the Movement Disorders Center served 3,281 people with Parkinsonism, conducted 39 PD studies involving nearly 300 patients, and delivered 78 talks to professionals and the community. 

The MDC offers a Newly Diagnosed Educational Visit shortly after diagnosis. During this visit, patients are given one-on-one education on the diagnosis and treatment options for Parkinson disease. This time is dedicated to answering all questions and providing extra support and encouragement. 

The full press release can be read on the Parkinson’s Foundation website.