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Kelvin Chou, M.D., Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Thomas H. and Susan C. Brown Professor
Co-Director, Surgical Therapies Improving Movement (STIM) Program
Co-Director, Movement Disorders Clinic

Kelvin L. Chou, M.D., is the Thomas H. and Susan C. Brown Professor in the Department of Neurology.  Dr. Chou also serves as Co-Director of the Surgical Therapies Improving Movement (STIM) Program and Co-Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic.  Clinically, Dr. Chou sees all patients with movement disorders (i.e. Parkinson’s disease, tremors, dystonia, Huntington’s disease), but he has a particular interest in Parkinson's disease (PD) and deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders. He was recently selected to the Best Doctors in America list for 2011-2012.

After receiving his medical degree from the U-M Medical School in 1998, Dr. Chou went on to complete his neurology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and a movement disorders fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He then spent 3 years on the faculty of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University before joining the U-M Neurology faculty in 2007.  

Dr. Chou’s research is focused on improving the ability to treat movement disorders patients through DBS by better understanding the relationships between patient baseline characteristics, DBS targeting, and the clinical effects of stimulation.  Along with the U-M STIM research team, they have developed a novel strategy to identify the target nuclei for DBS, and are beginning to study how the locations of stimulating electrodes and the shapes of these nuclei affect the efficacy of DBS.  Finally, Dr. Chou and the STIM team are testing new combinations of stimulation parameters to find the optimal settings for disabling symptoms such tremor, slowed movements, and gait dysfunction.  Dr. Chou also conducts clinical trials on new medical treatments for movement disorders, serving as a site investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Exploratory Trials in Parkinson disease (NET-PD) initiative as well as a neuroprotective trial in Huntington disease.

Board-certified in neurology, Dr. Chou is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Society, the Parkinson Study Group (PSG) and Huntington Study Group. He serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for several journals including Neurology, Movement Disorders, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, and the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.  In addition, he is co-chair of the PSG Working Group on Cognitive/Psychiatric (Behavioral) Problems in Parkinson's Disease and serves on the CME Committee of the Movement Disorders Society. A strong patient advocate, Dr. Chou serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation and the Medical Advisory Board of the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF).  He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 book chapters on movement disorders, and has recently published a book for patients and families called Deep Brain Stimulation: A New Life for People with Parkinson's, Dystonia and Essential Tremor.

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