Southeastern Parkinson Disease Conference

Presented by National Parkinson Foundation Georgia

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2013 SPDC Faculty - Watch for updates

John Baumann, Parkinson's Proud Since 2002 (Keynote Speaker)

My mother said to me hundreds of times, “Everything happens for the best.” Almost a year after I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, her favorite commentary changed. “Well, remember John, everything happens for a reason.” What had always been the “best” was now a mediocre “reason”, solemn and unexplainable “reason”?

When I confronted her about it, she reluctantly explained, “I can’t imagine that your Parkinson’s disease is for the best.” I felt a sudden rush. I didn’t know it then, but I had been looking for something to inspire me. Right then and there, I made the decision to give her optimistic “best” back. Somehow, some way, I would make my having Parkinson’s “for the best.” The fog and denial that I had been living in started to lift. I felt a purpose.

I was a successful student and professional.  The same principles I used to develop my life then apply equally to living life to the fullest after a life-changing event.  You can make it “for the best”.

At times, I need to lean on my wife Bernadette.  Reminding myself to “Let go and let God.” I have to force myself to bring my focus back to what is now and follow my “life purpose.”  Then I can be the person you see in my inspirational talks. The voice you hear when you read DECIDE SUCCESS. The person you talk to one-on-one. The enthusiastic, passionate and inspirational person who is John Baumann.

It’s through pain and fear that builds a warrior. I see the fear in the eyes of the people in my audiences. They want to fight, but need guidance to find their mission. They find peace in my words of hope.  I am determined to make my Parkinson’s “for the best” and I will succeed. DECIDE SUCCESS.


Dr. Walter Koroshetz, MD, Deputy Director National Institutes of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (Featured Speaker)

The focus of this year's conference is Clinical Trials and Research:  Doing Whatever it Takes to Beat Parkinson's!  Dr. Walter Koroshetz, MD, Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) will be speaking on the latest advances in Parkinson Disease Research and the role that the NINDS plays in developing new treatments and in searching for a cure to Parkinson's.

Dr. Koroshetz was named Deputy Director of NINDS in January of 2007. He works with the NINDS Director in program planning and budgeting, and oversees Institute scientific and administrative functions.

Before joining NINDS, Dr. Koroshetz served as vice chair of the neurology service and director of stroke and neurointensive care services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He was also a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and has led neurology resident training at MGH since 1990.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Koroshetz graduated from Georgetown University and received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Koroshetz trained in neurology at MGH, after which he did post-doctoral studies in cellular neurophysiology at MGH and the Harvard neurobiology department. He joined the neurology staff, first in the Huntington’s Disease unit and then in the stroke and neurointensive care service.

As a member of the NINDS intramural review and oversight committees, Dr. Koroshetz has been involved in various NINDS symposia and clinical trials, and served as the Institute’s representative to the American Neurological Association’s Career Development Symposium. He was a member of the NINDS-chaired Brain Attack Coalition (BAC), a group of professional, voluntary and governmental entities dedicated to reducing the occurrence, disabilities, and death associated with stroke.

Dr. Scott Cooper
Medical Associates of North Georgia

Dr. Cooper is a neurologist with the Medical Associates of North Georgia and has offices in Canton & Cumming, Georgia.  He has served as a faculty member for the SPDC for several years.  His sessions are very interactive and have evolved into what we now call "Ask Dr. Cooper".  Dr. Cooper is a Neurology specialist, expertly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of problems and diseases of the nervous system. Dr. Cooper also specializes in diagnostic testing such as EEG, EMG, and Sleep Studies.


Dr. Stewart Factor, DO
Emory University

Stewart Factor, DO is currently Professor of Neurology, Director of the Movement Disorders Program and Vance Lanier Chair of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. He is currently a member of the AmericanAcademy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, Movement Disorder Society, Parkinson Study Group, Huntington Study Group, and the Dystonia Study Group. He is the Chair of the Movement Disorders Section of the AmericanAcademy of Neurology. He has held numerous committee memberships for the AAN, MDS, PSG and HSG. Dr. Factor earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his DO in Medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at Old Westbury. He received his neurology training at AlbanyMedicalCenter in Albany, New York and Movement Disorders training at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. Previous position was as Director of Movement Disorders at AlbanyMedicalCenter in Albany, New York. He has edited three textbooks: “Parkinson’s Disease: Diagnosis and Clinical Management” first & second editions and “Drug-induced Movement Disorders” as well as authoring numerous peer reviewed articles. Current research projects include participation in a consortium to study gene environment interactions in PD along with several clinical trials

Dr. Gonzalo Revuelta, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Gonzalo J. Revuelta, DO is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program at MUSC.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his residency in Neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.  After residency he completed fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.  Dr. Revuelta's research interests include imaging techniques for dystonia, and the development clinical trials.  He is involved in the treatment of patients with all types of movement disorders including dystonia, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Tourette's syndrome,tremors and ataxias with deep brain stimulation, Botulinum toxin injections and medical therapies.

Israel Robleo
Parkinson's Advocate

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