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Surgical Advances in Parkinson's Disease

Hosted by PDF and the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation
Spokane, WA
Saturday, October 11, 2008
9:55 AM to 3:00 PM PT


The third installment of Parkinson’s Science: Innovations and New Perspectives took place on Saturday, October 11, 2008 in Spokane, WA in collaboration with the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation. The event discussed the newest surgical advances available to treat Parkinson’s, including deep brain stimulation (DBS).

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9:00 AM – 9:55 AM


9:55 AM – 10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Craig Howard, Co-Founder and
Chairman of the Board, NWPF

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Deep Brain Stimulation and Parkinson’s Disease
Jaimie M. Henderson, M.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM


11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Living with DBS:
Preparation, Management and Follow-up

What You Need to Know Before Surgery
Monique L. Giroux, M.D.
Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center

What You Need to Know After Surgery
Sierra M. Farris, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center


12:30 PM – 1:25 PM


1:25 PM – 2:25 PM

Future Surgical Techniques:
Gene Therapy and Other Innovations
Jeffrey H. Kordower, Ph.D.*
Rush University Medical Center

2:55 PM – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Robin Elliott, Executive Director, PDF


Speaker Biographies

Sierra M. Farris, M.P.A.S., PA-C

Sierra M. Farris, M.P.A.S., PA-C, is the Neurostimulation Program Coordinator and DBS programming troubleshooting specialist at the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington. She is also a Senior Fellow and an instructor at the University of Washington Department of Neurosurgery.

Ms. Farris has been a certified Physician Assistant for 10 years and has concentrated specifically on Parkinson’s disease and deep brain stimulation for the past eight years. She has programmed more than 425 patients, including people with Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia, pain, multiple sclerosis, and Tourette’s syndrome. Ms. Farris also serves as a faculty member for Medtronic DBS training courses.

In 2006, she was awarded both the Outstanding Physician Assistant-Physician Team Award from her professional national society and the Alumni of the Year award from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Ms. Farris earned her second B.S. degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master’s in Clinical Neurology from the Nebraska University Medical Center. She also has a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science and a Bioethics Graduate Certificate from Cleveland State University.


Monique L. Giroux, M.D.

Monique L. Giroux, M.D., is the Medical Director of the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. She is a national leader in comprehensive patient-centered care for Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders.

The focus of her clinical care and research is on the development of interdisciplinary rehabilitation, team medicine and wellness for PD. She has treated more than 600 patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy and has developed specialized neurorehabilitation programs for DBS patients in both the hospital and outpatient settings.

She previously served as Medical Director of Outpatient Movement Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. While at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Giroux established the Euclid Hospital Neurorehabilitation program for Parkinson’s and served as Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease.  She has published articles on DBS patient care and quality of care in Parkinson’s.

Dr. Giroux completed her residency at Yale University and a two-year fellowship in Movement Disorders at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is board certified in Neurology.


Jaimie M. Henderson, M.D.

Jaimie M. Henderson, M.D., is the Director of the Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery program at Stanford Medical Center. He is also Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Assistant Professor, by courtesy, of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Henderson is an expert in the surgical treatment of movement disorders and chronic pain, and is active in
research to improve stereotactic navigation and the efficacy of neuromodulatory therapies for movement disorders, pain, and other neurological diseases.

Before joining Stanford in 2004, he spent three years developing innovative surgical techniques for deep brain stimulator placement at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Prior to that, he served on the faculty of St. Louis University for six years and established their movement disorders surgery program.

Dr. Henderson received his M.D. from Rush Medical College in 1988, completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Saint Louis University in 1995 and also completed fellowship training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

Jeffrey H. Kordower, Ph.D.

Jeffrey H. Kordower, Ph.D., is the Jean Schweppe-Armour Professor of Neurological Sciences, Director, Research Center for Brain Repair, and Section Head for Neuroscience at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Kordower has pioneered the use of nonhuman primates in the study of degenerative diseases and has made seminal observations with regards the survival of fetal nigral transplants in patients with Parkinson’s, the use of ex vivo gene therapy in nonhuman primate models of Huntington’s disease, and the use of in vivo gene therapy in nonhuman primate models of Parkinson’s disease. Specific areas of Dr. Kordower’s research have been translated into clinical trials.

Dr. Kordower serves on numerous Scientific Advisory Boards including the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. He is also the Chairman for the Committee on Animal Research for the Society for Neuroscience and is a past president of the American Society for Neural Transplantation. He has over 225 manuscript publications and is currently, or has been formerly, a member of 17 journal editorial boards including the Journal of Neuroscience and the Journal of Comparative Neurology, where he is now Associate Editor.

He received his Ph.D. in Neuropsychology and later an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Queens College, City University of New York.