Clinical Specialties : Movement Disorders

Movement Disorders Team

Chief

Carlos Singer, M.D.

Dr. Carlos SingerDr. Carlos Singer is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Division of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, designated as a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. He received his medical degree from the Central University of Venezuela in 1972. This was followed by training in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburg and in Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Singer received additional training in Electromyography and in Movement Disorders at the University of Miami. Dr. Singer is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Neurology. He has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Neurology of the Miller School of Medicine/University of Miami since 1989. Dr. Singer’s special interest is in the non-motor manifestations of Parkinson’s Disease such as urological, cardiovascular and other aspects of this disease. He chaired the working group on “Non-Motor Manifestations of Parkinson Disease” of the Parkinson Study Group from 2006-2010 and is currently a member of the Executive of the Pan-American Section of the Movement Disorders Society.

He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, the Movement Disorders Society, the Parkinson Study Group, the Huntington Study Group and the Dystonia Study Group. He also established the first Botulinum toxin Treatment Program for neurological disorders in Florida in 1990. Dr. Singer has expanded the Center’s clinical, research, outreach and educational activities. He has added a new clinical practice site in Plantation, Florida.

Faculty

Henry Moore-Quiroga, M.D.

Dr. Henry MooreDr. Henry Moore has recently joined our Movement Disorders Division as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology. He earned his undergraduate and medical degree at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia – School of Medicine, Lima – Peru. He performed his Neurology Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital / University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine. Then, he performed a 2-year Movement Disorders Fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital / University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Moore’s clinical and research interests include dystonia, non-motor manifestations of Parkinson’s disease such us urological, cardiovascular and sleep related; and deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. He is certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Corneliu Luca, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Corneliu LucaDr. Corneliu Luca joined the faculty of the Movement Disorders Division and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology. He finished his residency in neurology and fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of Miami. Dr. Luca also has a PhD degree in molecular biology. Currently he is involved in clinical and translational research in Parkinson’ disease and has a broad interest in neurodegenerative disorders and movement disorders in particular. He is principal investigator in a clinical trial that aims to identify new strategies for gait dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease. He is the recipient of the Clinical Research Training Fellowship from the American Academy of Neurology and actively involved in clinical research at the Movement Disorders Center at the University of Miami. Dr Luca is a board certified Neurologist and member of the American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Society and Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. Dr. Corneliu Luca currently accepts new patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, cervical dystonia (botulinum toxin injections), chorea, ataxia and gait disorders. He also performs deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery.

Jason Margolesky, M.D.

Jason MargoleskyDr. Jason Margolesky joined the Movement Disorders Division as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology in 2017. He was born in Miami, Florida (a rare local). He received his undergraduate degree (BS) in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (with a minor in religion) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He then attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC where he earned a Master’s Degree in Physiology and Biophysics. He completed medical school (graduated in AOA honors society), residency training in neurology (served as administrative Chief Resident), and his Movement Disorders fellowship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. He is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society. Clinical interests include childhood onset movement disorders such as Tourette syndrome and inherited dystonia conditions as well as Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonism, essential tremor, Huntington disease, focal and generalized dystonia, tardive syndromes, ataxia, gait disorders, botulinum toxin injections and deep brain stimulation. He see patients in the University Miami Kendall Clinic, the Lennar Center in Coral Gables, and in the Professional Arts Center in Downtown Miami.

Sagari Bette, M.D.

Sagari BetteDr. Sagari Bette is a Clinical Instructor of Neurology and a Movement Disorders Fellow. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and completed neurology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.




Danielle Spengler Shpiner, M.D.

Danielle Spengler ShpinerDr. Danielle Spengler Shpiner, is a Clinical Instructor of Neurology and a Movement Disorders fellow. She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her Neurology residency at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital where she served as a chief resident of research and education.



Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Neurological Surgery Faculty

Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D.

Dr. Jonathan R. JagidDr. Jagid is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology who is Director of Functional Neurosurgery, Co-Director of Neurotrauma, and Neurosurgical Director of the Movement Disorders Center. Dr. Jagid specializes in the field of stereotactic neurosurgery and movement disorders and is Neurosurgical Director of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program at the University of Miami. He trained at the University of Miami under mentorship of Dr. Howard Landy and later Dr. James Schumacher. Originally from New York, Dr. Jagid obtained his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester, New York in 1988. At Colombia University he obtained his Pre-medical education and in 1994 he completed his medical education at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He has spent the last eleven years at the University of Miami where he completed his residency in Neurological Surgery in 2001 and joined the faculty. His practice focuses on the surgical management of movement disorders, spasticity, neuro-oncology, functional neurosurgery, trigeminal neuralgia, stereotactic radiosurgery and head injury.


Collaborators

Bonnie Levin, Ph.D.

Dr. Bonnie LevinResearch Interests: Cognitive and behavioral changes associated with PD; cognitive sequelae following deep brain stimulation; aging,cognition, and white matter changes; neuropsychological changes following exposure to marine and occupational toxins.

William K. Scott, Ph.D.

Dr. William ScottWilliam K. Scott, Ph.D., is Professor and Vice Chair for Education and Training in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics. Scott is a genetic epidemiologist interested in the influence of genetic and environmental factors on infectious diseases and complex traits associated with aging. He directs studies of genetic susceptibility to tuberculosis and of longevity and successful aging in the Amish communities of Indiana and Ohio. He is currently involved in studies of environmental risk factors and gene-environment interactions in aging related traits such as Parkinson disease and age-related macular degeneration.

Shirin Shafazand, M.D.

Dr. Sharin ShafazandShirin Shafazand, MD, MS is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She completed training in pulmonary and critical care medicine and has a Master of Science degree in Health Research and Policy both from Stanford University. Dr. Shafazand is certified as a sleep specialist by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and is also a board certified specialist in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine. She is a member of AOA and a number of medical societies including the ACP, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, and the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. Dr. Shafazand is a Reviewer for Journal Chest, Journal of Critical Care, European Respiratory Journal and is also a Clinical Rater for Journal of Evidence Based Medicine/American College of Physicians Journal Club and is the author of numerous scientific publications.


Clinical Staff

Angela P. Russell ARNP-BC, FNP, PhD

Dr. Angela Russell Dr. Angela Russell is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Neurology. She joined the University of Miami fifteen years ago and has worked with Dr. Carlos Singer since her arrival. Dr. Russell received her undergraduate degree from City University of New York-Lehman College and her Master’s Degree in Health Administration/Education from Columbia University in New York City. She additionally completed her PhD at the University of Miami in 1992. She worked at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in New York and spent many years in the private sector with large companies like Bell-South Telecommunications and Nortel Networks performing Advance Occupational Health Nursing and senior administrative duties. This entailed writing international health policies and procedures which were adopted globally. She has also taught in the Florida University System; her last teaching position being at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida as an Associate Professor. Dr. Russell is licensed and board certified as a Family, Adult and Occupational Advance Practice Nurse in Florida and New York State and is licensed separately as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Florida. She is currently the Advance Practice Director and Clinical Coordinator for the Movement Disorders Division and was instrumental in the creation of the Movement Disorders Center of Excellence.

George Dumenigo, LCSW, MSW

George DumenigoGeorge is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the team in late 2008 to work as a Social Worker / Community Outreach Coordinator. He was born in Cuba but raised in Northern New Jersey. George completed his Master of Social Work from Hunter College, School of Social Work in New York, NY. He had previously worked at the UM Sylvester Cancer Center from 1992-1996 and was one of the first Oncology Social Workers at this cutting edge cancer facility. Later he moved on to work in several Community Mental Health programs in Miami and prior to returning to UM worked as a Lead Mental Health Therapist at a Miami based in-patient psychiatric unit. Since joining the team, George realized the importance of partnering with other community PD programs and working together to provide the best in PD, HD and other movement disorders education and support.


Clinical Research Staff

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Nathalie Padron
Letty Ginsberg
Letty Ginsberg
Silvia Vargas
Silvia Vargas



Administrative Support Staff

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Yamileth Perez
Yamileth Perez
Lissette Perez
Lissette Perez