Medical Director

PDRS Medical Director: Michael Rezak, M.D., Ph.D.Michael Rezak, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Rezak, a neurologist and Movement Disorders specialist, serves as the Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research Society. He also serves as the Medical Director of the APDA Midwest Information and Referral Center and National Young Onset Center. He practices exclusively at the Neurosciences Institute of Central DuPage Hospital where he heads the Movement Disorders Center and the Movement Disorders Functional Neurosurgery Program.

Dr. Rezak received his Ph.D. in neuroanatomy from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago and his Medical Degree from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his neurological training at Yale University School of Medicine and has been board certified in Neurology since 1990.

Dr. Rezak is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Chicago Chapter of the Dystonia Medical Research Association and is on the faculty of Activa University (Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation). Dr. Rezak is active in research in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and currently serves as Principal Investigator in several trials, including evaluating new formulations of botulinum toxin formulations; the development of valid markers and risk factors to identify patients in the preclinical phase of PD (funded by the Parkinson’s Disease Research Society); and has been involved in the NIH-funded CORE PD Consortium on Risk for Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease and the Parkinson’s Disease Collaborative Study of Genetic Linkage (PROGENT) studies. There are currently several clinical trials in Parkinson’s disease underway at Central DuPage Hospital. His work has been published in such journals as Archives of Neurology, Movement Disorders, and Brain Research; and in books including Young Parkinson’s Handbook: A Guide for Patients and Families, published by the American Parkinson Disease Association and the Complete Medical Encyclopedia (Random House).

“When you see the suffering in the later stages of the disease, you realize palliative measures just aren’t enough. Research is the way to help.”

Dr. Michael Rezak’s Blog where you’ll find Dr. Rezak’s perspectives and thoughts on Parkinson’s, as well as articles to increase your awareness of Parkinson’s disease.

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