National Parkinson Foundation renews USF Health as Center of Excellence

The National Parkinson Foundation renewed its designation of the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center as an NPF Center of Excellence, a designation granted to only 43 such centers worldwide.

The Center’s team was presented with a plaque Sept. 6 by Peter Schmidt, PhD, chief information officer and vice president of programs for the National Parkinson Foundation. The plaque notes the 5-year designation and is prominently displayed in the lobby of the Center’s new home on the sixth floor of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.

Among the Center’s team accepting the plaque was Robert Hauser, MD, MBA, professor and director of the Center.

“We very proud to continue our work as a Center of Excellence,” Dr. Hauser said.

Dr. Robert Hauser and Dr. Peter Schmidt unveil the plaque.


In order to renew an NPF designation, the USF Center had to meet key criteria and undergo a series of site visits. NPF Centers of Excellence are expected to be leaders in providing innovative models of service, conducting research to enhance the knowledge and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and supporting community health promotion efforts. The designation allows USF to apply for NPF grants.

Established in 1986, the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center treats patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders including tremor, dystonia, chorea, myoclonus and restless legs syndrome. One of the top sites in the country for testing new medications for Parkinson’s disease, the Center is also working to refine new surgeries and develop innovative cell-based therapies that may offer hope for patients who no longer benefit from drug therapy.

The USF multi-disciplinary team includes two movement disorder physicians, a nurse practitioner, a clinical research administrator, clinical coordinators, and a social worker.