The Department of Neurosurgery at UAMS has the state’s only multi-disciplinary Movement Disorders Program. Dr. Erika Petersen directs the Movement Disorders Program in collaboration with the Department of Neurology.

Neuromodulation team

From left: Mitesh, Lotia, M.D., Anja Rassman, RN, Tuhin Virmani, M.D., Ph.D., Erika Petersen, M.D., FAANS, Ashley Benton, RN, Leah Eisenberg, J.D., M.A., Jennifer Kleiner, Ph.D., ABPP, Rohit Dhall, M.D., MSPH, Shannon Doerhoff, APRN

A coordinated multidisciplinary team is at the core of the Movement Disorders Program. By working closely together, we achieve the most effective results for our patients. Patients meet with our clinicians at themultidisciplinary clinic, where visits with multiple specialists may occur in a single day. Our clinic layout simplifies traveling to appointments and facilitates team communication. Our facility also houses theGait and Balance Lab in the same suite.

We offer state-of-the-art treatments including Deep Brain Stimulation electrode implantation and Spinal Cord Stimulation. All care is provided through a multi-disciplinary approach involving neurosurgeons, neurologists, radiologists, and other specialists. This collaboration ensures all patients receive the best and most comprehensive care possible.

The UAMS Movement Disorders Program includes clinicians and researchers from the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuropsychology, Medical Ethics and Psychiatry. Our group works closely with colleagues in the fields of radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and primary care to manage the impact of a movement disorder on each patient’s overall health.

Before and after treatment handwriting samplesNeuromodulation involves the use of implantable devices that
alter the nervous system activity through the use of electrical stimulation.





Neuromodulation therapy can be used to treat:
  • Movement Disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Essential Tremor and Dystonia
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain