Rachel Dolhun, a board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist, joined The Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2014 and leads medical communications.
Using her medical expertise and years of clinical training and experience, she creates tools and resources, including the Ask the MD series of blogs and videos, guides for living well, and Parkinson’s 360, to help people and families navigate life with the disease and understand their critical role in advancing research. She also serves as an expert spokesperson and thought leader, helping to distill complex medical topics for press interviews, global conferences and community events. And she educates and engages the next generation of Parkinson’s doctors through programs designed to stimulate interest in movement disorder careers and fund necessary training.
Rachel graduated from The University of San Diego with a B.S. in biology; obtained her medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina; and completed neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She then entered private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rachel thoroughly enjoyed her daily patient encounters, but her interest in Parkinson’s disease and desire to reach the community on a broader scale led her to MJFF.
When she’s not traveling (favorite locations include Peru, New Zealand and Austria), you can find Rachel planning her next trip; walking her dog, Raleigh; or reading a book at a coffee shop in Manhattan.