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Parkinsonís Disease Foundation Honors Nationally Revered Parkinsonís Doctor with its Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Lucien CŰtť Recognized for 60-Year Commitment to People with Parkinsonís

Lucien J. Côté, M.D.Lucien J. Côté, M.D., of Tuxedo Park, NY, a leading Parkinson’s disease specialist, will be honored by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual gala Bal du Printemps on Wednesday, May 14, at The Plaza Hotel in New York, NY. Dr. Côté, a Professor of Neurology at the PDF Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center, is being recognized for a career spanning 60 years, during which he has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to patient care and research.

A native of Quebec, Canada, Dr. Côté, was first inspired to pursue a residency in neurology at Columbia during his time as an US Air Force physician in Morocco. It was then, in the 1950s, that he first encountered patients with Parkinson’s, among them a close friend of Bill Black, who founded PDF and the Chock full ‘o Nuts coffee company. That era, Dr. Côté notes, was a very different one for people with Parkinson's, in which there were few treatments or specialists to help individuals cope with the disease. He made it his life’s work to fill those gaps in research and care, both of which have evolved significantly over the past 60 years.

While times have changed – with the advent of new treatments and the development of a fast-paced system in which the length of medical appointments are often decided by insurance reimbursements – Dr. Côté’s approach has remained the same. He is known by patients and colleagues alike for his taking his time to provide the best care for each patient, whether that means hour-long appointments or weekend phone calls. His approach has benefitted thousands, creating a loyal following of patients and families and leading to a genetics research program at PDF that is named in his honor.

When asked what his secret is, Dr. Côté says simply, “The most important thing I do as a doctor is to really take the time to listen.”

PDF President Robin Elliott said, “We are honored to recognize the keen mind, warm personality and matchless integrity of Dr. Lucien Côté. We commend him not only for the outstanding clinical care he provides to people with Parkinson’s, but also for the instrumental role he has played developing the research and work of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. He has been at the forefront of Parkinson’s science and care since the 1960s and his contributions are the stuff of legend.”

For more information, contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) at (800) 457-6676, or

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About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson's disease by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson's disease through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and $42 million to support education and advocacy programs.


Source Date: May 12 2014