Movement Disorders Program

We established our movement disorders program in 2001 to help patients experiencing uncontrollable tremor, muscle spasms, slowness of movement, gait difficulty, or involuntary movements which greatly affect their everyday lives. We provide comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical options, including botulinum toxin treatments and deep brain stimulation, to assist our patients and help them return to the activities they love.

Our team has performed over 500 deep brain stimulator (DBS) implanation surgeries to treat conditions such as Parkinson's disease, Essential Tremor and Dystonia. We ulitize the latest technological advances in medical diagnosis and treatment, neuroimaging, and functional and stereotactic neurosurgery in a personal community setting. We are also committed to continued support, providing community support groups for patients living with movement disorders and their caregivers.

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For more information about diagnostic and treatment options delivered by the best doctors in the business, please call (800) 903-9233.

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Core movement disorders services include the following:

  • Neurology and neurological surgery consultations
  • Cognitive neuropsychology and psychiatric evaluation
  • Deep Brain Stimulation and Funtional Neuromodulation services
  • Pharmacology including outpatient botulinum and neurotoxin treatments for dystonia and spasticity
  • Neuroimaging services including Deep Brain Stimulation-compatible MRI
  • Outpatient neurodiagnostic lab with electroencephalography and electrodiagnostic studies
  • Outpatient rehabilitation services (including Lee Silverman Voice and Gait Training/Audiology/Dysphagia)

A note from Igor Fineman, MD, medical director, movement disorders

Dr. Fineman

“Our program combines extensive multidisciplinary experience with a personal touch and setting. We have now had the privilege of caring for many of our early DBS patients for well over one and a half decades.” – Igor Fineman, MD, medical director, functional and stereotactic neurosurgery

Igor Fineman, MD is a board-certified neurosurgeon. Dr. Fineman has been the medical director of the functional and stereotactic neurosurgery department since 2001.

Dr. Fineman’s clinical expertise is in functional neurosurgery and surgical treatment of movement disorders, treatment of spinal disorders, and treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the central nervous system. His research interests have been focused on traumatic brain injury and plasticity following injury, as well as the development of a cortical neural prosthesis to bypass the injured central nervous system.

Dr. Fineman studied bioengineering at UCLA and received his M.D. with Thesis degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. He then completed a Neurosurgical Residency at the UCLA Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery and Radiosurgery. Dr. Fineman is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association for Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery and Society for Neuroscience.

Your Care Team

Our multidisciplinary clinical team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neurophysiologists, anesthesiologists, physiatrists, physical therapists and nurse practitioners. The team works very closely to tailor a personalized treatment plan for each patient.

Several of our neurosurgeons hold faculty appointments at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Caltech scientists and physicians at Huntington Hospital are collaborating on the development of a cortical neural prosthesis to aid paralyzed patients in interacting with their environment.

Support Services

Patient education is an integral component of our program and families play an active role in the treatment process. Huntington Hospital offers a comprehensive range of pharmacological, physical therapy, and surgical options to assist in controlling symptoms and improving each patient's quality of life.

For patients living with Parkinson's disease, we offer community exercise and support groups including a Parkinson's outpatient support group and a Parkinson's caregiver's support group.

Patient Stories

Click to read Susan Kussman's story

Dr. Fineman with Susan Kussman
Actress Susan Kussman turned to Dr. Igor Fineman and team for help

In 2011, actress Susan Kussman developed a tremor in her right hand. “It kept getting worse and worse,” she says, “until my hand trembled around the clock.”

Eventually, the tremor became so severe that Susan was no longer able to perform on stage. She turned to neurosurgeon Igor Fineman, MD, for help.

Dr. Fineman treated Susan with a surgical procedure know as DBS - or deep brain stimulation - which involves implanting a battery-operated device (called a neurostimulator) to deliver electrical impulses to the brain. These impulses block the nerve signals that cause movement disorders including essential tremor, as well as the shaking that is characteristic of Parkinson’s disease.

When Susan’s neurostimulator is turned on, the tremor stops. “Most of the time,” she says, “I forget that the device is even there.”

Though semi-retired from the stage, Susan continues to remain active as an acting teacher. “I’m very pleased with the outcome of the procedure, which has changed my life for the better,” she says.

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