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Pediatric Movement Disorders Fellowship

Fellowship Programs

The mission of our Pediatric Movement Disorders Fellowship Training Program is to train pediatric neurologists to become experts in the growing field of movement disorders in children and adolescents. This two-year clinical/research fellowship provides in-depth clinical training with every major movement disorder, including but not limited to spasticity, dystonia, tics, ataxia, choreoathetosis, paroxysmal dyskinesias, myoclonus, parkinsonism, tremor and gait disorders. Fellows will learn to take movement disorder-specific histories, and develop advanced examination techniques. They will learn to distinguish phenomenology based on both physical examination and video review, and to use electrophysiology and motion analysis as adjunctive aids in distinguishing movement disorder classes.

Integrated care delivery is an important part of pediatric movement disorder practice, and the successful applicant will receive trans-disciplinary training. They will receive instruction in pediatric neuroradiology in order to recognize important neuroimaging signatures of childhood movement disorders and to effectively utilize advanced neuroimaging techniques. They will receive instruction in screening, pre-surgical evaluation and postsurgical care of children and adolescents for whom selective dorsal rhizotomy, intrathecal baclofen pump placement, deep brain stimulation and orthopedic surgical interventions are being considered. The fellow will be trained in botulinum toxin injection, use of orthoses and durable medical equipment and programming of implanted devices.
We are a center of excellence for
pediatric movement disorders overseen by program director Michael Kruer, MD. Our program is truly multi-disciplinary, with faculty drawn from adult movement disorders, functional and stereotactic neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric psychiatry, pediatric orthopedics, pediatric rehabilitation, pediatric neuroradiology, biomedical engineering, pediatric psychology, neuroscience, genomics and molecular & cellular biology.

We enjoy a national and international referral base. A particular strength of the program is the emphasis on neurogenetics in both clinical care and research. Dr. Kruer serves as chair of the International Cerebral Palsy Genomics Consortium (ICPGC), providing ample opportunities for research. We are one of few centers in the US with an active clinical and research program in pediatric deep brain stimulation. In collaboration with the International Pediatric Deep Brain Stimulation Registry (PediDBS) we are studying DBS outcomes in genetic dystonias. We have a busy Motion Analysis Laboratory that facilitates both clinical and research studies. Phoenix Children’s is a member of the Cerebral Palsy Research Network, working collaboratively to develop gold standards for cerebral palsy care. A key aspect of our program is community engagement at the local, national, and international level.

The faculty has diverse research interests, including pediatric movement disorder genetics, neuromodulation, advanced neuroimaging, clinical electrophysiology, motion analysis, outcomes research and clinical trials.

We strive to maintain a collegial and supportive training environment and make an effort to tailor the educational program to the specific interests of the fellow.

Employment Agreement, Salary & Benefits and Rosters



Sherry Gibson
Program Administrator
Pediatric Movement Disorders Fellowship
Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital
1919 E. Thomas Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

P: 602-933-0447
F: 602-933-4257

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