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Podcast: Deep Brain Stimulation: Is It Right for Me or My Loved One? (Webinar Replay)

Many people and families with Parkinson’s wonder if deep brain stimulation (DBS) — a surgical procedure for Parkinson’s — is a possible treatment option for them. In this audio from our Third Thursdays Webinar replay, experts discuss who should consider DBS; potential benefits and risks; and the latest advancements in DBS research.

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In this podcast, Larry Gifford, Patient Council member at The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), leads a discussion with expert panelists:

  • Kelvin Chou, MD, Thomas H. and Susan C. Brown Early Career Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan
  • Jim McNasby, JD, chief people officer, MJFF; diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2000 and got DBS in 2019
  • Donny Moss, animal rights advocate; Jim’s spouse
  • Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD, medical director, Movement Disorders Neuromodulation and Brain Circuit Therapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Want to see the slides and other resources from the webinar? Watch on demand.

View a transcript of this podcast.

For more on DBS, download the Foundation’s 22-page guide.

Our landmark Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) is enrolling people diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the past two years and not yet taking medication. Learn more at

Anyone over age 18 — both with and without Parkinson’s — can join the online part of PPMI at

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