Movement Disorders

The Division of Movement Disorders combines clinical evaluation and treatment, research, education and outreach to provide a coordinated approach to combating movement and neurodegenerative disorders.

Mark S. Baron, M.D.

Professor

Mark S. Baron, M.D. [View Image]Divisions: Adult Neurology, Movement Disorder Specialists, Neuroscience Research Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center

Department: Department of Neurology

Phone: 804-828-9350

Email: mark.baron@vcuhealth.org

Undergraduate Education

  • B.A., Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Graduate Education

  • M.D., Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Post Graduate Education

  • Motor Control Neurophysiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 
  • 7/1991-12/1993 - Movement Disorders/ Motor Control - Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • 7/1988-6/1991 - Neurology - Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 7/1987-6/1988 - Medicine - Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA

Certifications

  • Neurology, 1995

Research Expertise

  • My laboratory research is focused on understanding normal and abnormal basal ganglia physiology. Presently, we are using a rodent model of kernicterus (hyperbilirubinemia) to study the neuronal correlates of dystonia. We are interesting in understanding how phasic changes in neuronal activity (or the order of milliseconds) in basal ganglia and thalamic nuclei contribute to normal and abnormal movements.
    As part of our movement disorders programs at VCU and the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinic Center (PADRECC) at the McGuire VAMC, we have a number of ongoing research projects.  One of these projects, which complements are laboratory studies, involves studying EMG patterns and neuronal activity in patients undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery.  In collaboration with the department of biomedical engineering, we are investigating eye movement control problems in those with Parkinson's disease (PD)and other movement disorders.  We are determining the utility of eye movement screening for early diagnosis of PD and other movement disorders and are investigating potential therapeutic approaches to these eye movement problems.  Other studies involve using postural stabilitiy assessments to improve balance.

Clinical Specialties

  • Dr. Baron has clinical expertise in a wide variety of movement disorders. Dr. Baron sees largely adult patients, but also to an extent sees pediatric movement disorder cases.

Keywords & Interest Areas

  • Movement Disorders
  • Parkinson's disease
  • dystonia
  • DBS
  • Movement disorders
  • tremor
  • dystonia
  • chorea
  • dyskinesias
  • ataxia

Practice Sites

  • VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center 
    6605 West Broad Street, First Floor, Suite C
    Billy Reynolds Jr. Building
    Richmond, VA 23230
    (804) 662-9185

Professional Affiliations

  • 2002 - Present
    Research Subcommittee Chair, Veterans Affairs Parkinson’s Disease Consortium

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