Alberto Espay, MD, MSc, FAAN, FANA
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your 2023-2025 MDS-Pan American Section Chair. I have been involved with MDS for many years and have served in many roles. I enjoy the collegiality and common goals that all members of the global MDS community have in learning, educating, mentoring, and inspiring each other to ultimately support patients living with movement disorders.
As I begin my role, I would like to acknowledge the achievements of the leadership of my predecessor, Dr. Susan Fox. With her guidance and that of others that preceded her, the MDS-PAS made notable strategic progress in increasing membership representation, ensuring diversity and balance in all aspects (regional committees and regional courses), providing young neurologists, researchers and health professionals a place at the table, providing quality education (in English, Spanish and Portuguese), continuing to hold the biennial PAS Congress, and sustaining and fostering 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.
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. However, we cannot do it alone. We will lean on you to help us promote all of the educational opportunities and resources MDS has to offer and help us connect with your local leaders. Together, we will continue to move our Society and the MDS-PAS forward. I hope to see you in Cartagena, Colombia at the 5th PAS Congress, February 9-11, 2024.
With my best wishes,
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.
All those with an interest in the field of Movement Disorders, who live within the region, are strongly encouraged to join the Society and thereby participate in the development of this venture. The MDS website lists the various membership categories available.
MDS-PAS aims to facilitate communication between clinicians and researchers in the region; disseminate updated knowledge about Movement Disorders; improve quality of life and independence of Movement Disorders patients and caregivers; and promote research in Movement Disorders within the region.
MDS-PAS is honored to represent the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society in the Pan American region.