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Pan American Section


Letters from the Chair

Susan FoxSusan Fox, MRCP (UK), PhD
Toronto, ON, Canada

Dear colleagues,

I am honored to be selected to serve the MDS-Pan American Section as Section Chair. I have been involved with MDS for many years. I have enjoyed the collegiality and common aims that all members of the global MDS community have to support, mentor, educate and inspire each other to ultimately help patients with movement disorders.

As I begin my role, I would like to acknowledge the significant achievements of the prior great leaders. With their guidance, the MDS-PAS has made significant progress in increasing membership at a steady rate, providing quality education (in English, Spanish and Portuguese), continuing to hold the biennial PAS Congress, and creating and sustaining collaborations and partnerships with like-minded organizations.

Working with my esteemed colleagues, we pledge to continue these strategic efforts and generate additional collaborations to be inclusive of all regions and people represented in the section. Along with the MDS-PAS Education Committee and strategic partners, learn about educational gaps and develop target education to ensure our members and non-members are receiving the most relevant education to better serve their patients. Another important aim will include encouraging and mentoring the next generation of clinicians, researchers and all health care professionals involved in movement disorders.

We are a strong, dedicated and diverse group who are proud to be a part of the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society. We are dedicated to serving you to the best of our ability and thank you for your participation as we continue to move our Society and the MDS-PAS forward. I hope to meet you in Miami at the 4th PAS Congress, February 4-6, 2022.


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  MDS & COVID-19

Dear Colleagues,

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all in countless ways. In response to these unprecedented times the MDS leaders are working together on education continuity plans so we can continue supporting you with relevant and timely resources. We are currently working with course directors to explore opportunities for virtual education in the upcoming weeks and months.

During this time we continue to work on other strategic initiatives. At the beginning of the year, regional strategic action plans were developed. The MDS Officers found three opportunities to harmonize between the Regional Sections and other related groups in creating web-based learning for Allied Health Professionals (focusing on non-English education), increase collaboration with Basic Scientists (creating an MDS Special Interest Group) and collaborating with strategic societies at the MDS International Congress and Regional Congresses. MDS leaders will work together in accomplishing these goals while MDS-PAS continues its efforts on additional strategic action plans.

  • Develop thoughtful movement disorders education that will lead to increased knowledge, skills and management, leading to better patient care and an increased understanding of the mechanisms of movement disorders
  • Analyze the MDS-PAS Educational Needs Assessment Survey to design educational programs to meet your needs
  • Retain, strengthen and increase membership in the region
  • Collaborate with other Societies – targeting regional and local movement disorder /neurological /medical groups with overlapping goals to build strategic partnerships
  • Leverage the MDS Roadmap as a unique educational resource that could be accessed by other societies in need of such education.

If there is anything we can do to support you during this time please do not hesitate to reach out to the MDS Secretariat to share your thoughts and provide feedback. Sincerely,

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Cynthia Comella, MD, FAAN


MDS-PAS Leadership

The mission of the MDS-PAS is to represent and promote the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) in Pan America. Membership of MDS-PAS is open to all members of MDS within the Pan American region (North America, Central America, South American and the Caribbean).  

The MDS-PAS Officers, Executive Committee, and Education Committee.




MDS-PAS Education 

4th PAS Congress

4th Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress
The theme for the 4th PAS Congress is, “Basic Science to Bedside: Equity of Care in the Americas”. The aim is to encourage a discussion of the challenges and approaches to equity of all aspects of care for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders throughout the Americas. There will be a focus on basic science, clinical care and health delivery for individuals and populations with movement disorders in the different regions in the MDS-PAS.

We encourage you to join us for the 4th Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress; February 4-6, 2022 in Miami, FL, USA.

PAS_OUTREACH MDS-PAS Outreach Programs
The MDS-PAS Outreach Programs are specifically designed to bring movement disorders education to those areas of the world where it is most needed and often least available.
MDS LEAP was established to provide a leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists.

MDS-PAS School for Young Neurologists
The MDS-PAS School for Young Neurologists is an opportunity for young neurologists who are interested in specializing in Movement Disorders to receive in-depth instruction from internationally-recognized Movement Disorders experts.


MDS-PAS Affiliate Societies

MDS-PAS Affiliate Societies 


MDS encourages a continuous dialogue on a global level to bring clinicians, researchers and health practitioners together for the exchange of the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and research of Movement Disorders to enhance the education of physicians across the globe. We invite neurological groups and organizations specializing in Movement Disorders to become an Affiliate Member of MDS. To apply visit, MDS Affiliate Member Society. For any questions, please contact Nilda Toro at

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  Argentine Neurological Society Movement Disorders Group

Javier Ziliani, MD
Urquiza 609
Buenos Aires, 1221
Tel: +5411 4931 5355

  Brazilian Academy of Neurology

Rua Vergueiro 1353 sl1404
Vila Mariana, São Paulo - SP, 04101-000
Tel: + 55-11- 5084-9463 or 5083-3876

Coordinators of the Movement Disorders Scientific Department (2016-2018):
Chien Hsin Fen, MD, PhD:
Delson José da Silva, MD, PhD:
Marcus Vinicius Della Coletta, MD:

  Brazilian Association of Neurofunctional Physiotherapy (ABRAFIN)

Avenida Rio Branco, 26
Sobreloja, Centro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20090-001 
Tel: (21)3090-2043

  Canadian Movement Disorder Group (CMDG)

Canadian Movement Disorder Group (CMDG)
Silke Cresswell, President
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

  Central American Movement Disorders Work Group (CAMWG)

Dr. Ricardo López-Contreras, Co-Chair
Unidad de Movimientos Anormales Instituto Salvadoreño de Seguridad Social
San Salvador, El Salvador
Tel: (503) 2264-4076

  Colombian Neurological Society (ACN)

Mauricio Rueda-Acevedo, MD
Medellin, Colombia
Abnormal Movements and Parkinson’s Disease Group, Chair

  Ecuador Movement Disorders Group

Fernando Alarcon, MD
Chief of Neurology Department, Professor of Neurology
Hospital Eugenio Espejo
Department of Neurology
P.O. Box 17-07-9515

  Movement Disorders Study Group of the Mexican Academy of Neurology

Mayela Rodriguez-Violante, MD, MSc
Mexican Academy of Neurology
San Francisco 1384, Torre B-7, Del Valle, CP 03100
Mexico City, Mexico

  Parkinson Study Group

Michael Schwarzschild, MD, PhD
Chair, PSG Executive Committee
The Massachusetts General Hospital/
MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease
114 16th Street, Room 3002  
Boston, MA  02129 USA


MDS-PAS Collaborations

The MDS-PAS collaborates with the following entities on various initiatives within the regional section.

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  The American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
  The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF)

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 4777
New York, NY



  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

FL: 200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800
Miami, FL 33131, USA

NY: 1359 Broadway, Ste 1509
New York, NY 10018, USA

1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636)



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