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Maria De Leon, M.D.
Maria De Leon, M.D.
"My passion for people living with Parkinson’s and the desire to promote, advocate and educate on the disease is why I became a doctor. It’s ironic that in getting the disease myself, I now fully have the time to focus on it with PDF's Advisory Council and do what I love.”
Dr. De Leon is a retired neurologist specializing in movement disorders, who provided care to people with Parkinson’s for many years.
After Dr. De Leon’s own diagnosis with Parkinson’s two years ago, she stopped practicing medicine, but found new ways to get involved in the Parkinson’s community. Among her activities, she participated in the Parkinson’s Quilt, creating a two by two foot quilt panel as a tribute to her grandmother, who also lived with Parkinson’s. She displayed a block of the quilt, which included her panel, in Nacogdoches during April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month 2011. She is also a member of a local Parkinson’s support group and the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN).
Dr. De Leon is a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). In her role with AAUW, she speaks to young girls, encouraging their involvement in math and science. She also partners with the geriatrics program at a local university to raise awareness of health issues pertaining to the elderly. Dr. De Leon is currently enrolled in a children’s literature course and writes in her spare time.
Dr. De Leon first discovered her passion for Parkinson’s disease as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her medical studies in neurology at Hahnemann University and continued to perfect her neurological skills at Queen’s Square in London. She performed her residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch and did a fellowship in movement disorders at Baylor College of Medicine under the tutelage of Joseph Jankovic, M.D.