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Understanding the Progression of Parkinson's

Originally presented on June 26, 2012
Led by Ronald F. Pfeiffer, M.D.

How will Parkinson's progress for you or your loved one and at what rate will it do so? How can you predict and plan for the future? Join us – PDF and faculty member Ronald F. Pfeiffer, M.D., of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN –  for a one-hour seminar on the topic.

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Goals for Participants:

  • Understand the science of where PD starts and how it progresses.
  • Understand how PD progression can vary from person to person, including how it might impact employment, driving and other activities.
  • Review factors that might predict the rate of PD progression and life expectancy.
  • Discuss factors affecting an individual's response to PD progression.
  • Learn strategies planning for your PD progression.


Ronald F. Pfeiffer, M.D. 

Ronald F. Pfeiffer, M.D.

Dr. Ronald Pfeiffer is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.  He has been at the university since 1994.  He previously spent 14 years on the faculty of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and several years completing military service in Germany.

Dr. Pfeiffer’s research, teaching and clinical practice all focus on Parkinson’s disease.  He has extensive experience in clinical trials of experimental medications and a particular interest in gastrointestinal dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Pfeiffer has been an author or co-author of over 250 journal articles or book chapters and is co-editor oft hree books.  He became Co-Editor in Chief of the journal, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, in 2008.  He is a member of the Parkinson Study Group and is currently a member of its Scientific Review Committee.  He was chairman of the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the Movement Disorder Society from 2004 - 2010 and is currently Chair-Elect of the Movement Disorders Section of the American Academy of Neurology.  He also is a member of the World Federation of Neurology Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders.

In 2008, Dr. Pfeiffer served as faculty for PDF’s collaborative event, “Mind, Mood and Body: Understanding the Nonmotor Symptoms of Parkinson’s,” presenting a session entitled, “When Parkinson's Interferes with Gastrointestinal, Urological, Sexual and Other Functions.”

Dr. Pfeiffer received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Nebraska.  He completed his internship and neurology residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. In 2001, Dr. Pfeiffer received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Concordia University-Nebraska.  He also served as a member of the Board of Regents at Concordia from 2001 - 2010.  


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