Kelvin L. Chou, MD is a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Michigan Medicine and was the inaugural Thomas H. and Susan C. Brown Early Career Professor in Neurology. Dr. Chou has been named to the Best Doctors of America list since 2011 and sees all patients with movement disorders (i.e. Parkinson’s disease, tremors, dystonia, Huntington disease), though he has a particular interest in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and deep brain stimulation (DBS).
Dr. Chou serves as Co-Director of the STIM (Surgical Therapies Improving Movement) Program and his research focus is on improving the ability to treat movement disorders patients through DBS. He is also an experienced clinical trialist, conducting numerous clinical trials on new therapies for PD, essential tremor and Huntington disease. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, review articles or book chapters on PD and related movement disorders and serves on the editorial board for Neurology and Parkinsonism and Related Disorders.
A strong patient advocate, Dr. Chou serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation and the Medical Advisory Board of the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF). He has also authored a book for patients and families called Deep Brain Stimulation: A New Life for People with Parkinson's, Dystonia and Essential Tremor.
Neurology, Parkinson's disease, Dystonia, Essential tremor, Deep brain stimulation for movement disorders, Movement disorders surgery
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Medical School or Training
- University of Michigan Medical School, 1998
- University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Neurology, 2002
- Movement Disorders, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2004