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Beyond Medication: Deep Brain Stimulation and Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson's

February 21, 2019

Surgical options deep brain stimulation and the more recently approved focused ultrasound can help manage Parkinson's symptoms, but these procedures are not for everyone. Our panelists discuss who should consider these treatments and when, and what someone may expect after the surgery.

Webinar Details


Thursday, February 21, 2019


1 hr


12:00 pm ET
  • MJFF offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for practicing health care professionals for each Third Thursday Webinar. Click the link in the Resource List after viewing the webinar to take the post-test survey and receive your CME credit.

    Date of Original Release: February 21, 2019
    Date CME Credit No Longer Available: February 21, 2021

    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand when in the course of Parkinson’s to consider deep brain stimulation (DBS) or focused ultrasound treatment.
    2. Summarize what symptoms DBS and focused ultrasound do and do not treat.
    3. Describe who is a potential candidate for DBS or focused ultrasound.
    4. Discuss considerations and limitations with DBS and focused ultrasound for Parkinson’s.
    5. List examples of ongoing research in DBS and focused ultrasound for Parkinson’s.
    Target Audience

    This educational activity is designed for primary care physicians, family practice physicians, general medicine physicians, geriatricians, general neurologists, movement disorder specialists and any other health care practitioners who manage patients with Parkinson's disease.


    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Oakstone Publishing, LLC and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The Oakstone Publishing, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Oakstone Publishing, LLC designates this live material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    Oakstone Publishing, LLC has assessed conflict of interest with its faculty, authors, editors and any individuals who were in a position to control the content of this CME activity. Any identified relevant conflicts of interest were resolved for fair balance and scientific objectivity of studies utilized in this activity. Oakstone Publishing, LLC's planners, content reviewers, and editorial staff disclose no relevant commercial interests.


    Soania Mathur, MD
    Co-Chair, MJFF Patient Council
    Nothing to disclose

    Richie Rothenberg
    Person with Parkinson's
    Member, MJFF Patient Council
    Nothing to disclose

    Paul Fishman, MD
    Professor of Neurology, Pharmacology and Neurobiology
    University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Disclosure: Research Grant - Insightec

    Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD
    Director, Deep Brain Stimulation Program
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Disclosures: Research Grant - Medtronic, St. Jude Medical/Abbott; Advisory Role - Medtronic, St. Jude Medical/Abbott

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