Pan American Section

 

Welcome from the Chair

 

ComellaCynthia Comella, MD, FAAN
Professor Emeritus, Neurological Sciences
Rush University Medical Center​
Chicago, IL, USA
MDS-PAS Chair


Dear Colleagues,

I am honored and humbled to be selected to serve the MDS-PAS as Chair of the executive committee. The Pan American Section represents the largest section in the MDS and I am proud to be a part of it. As I begin my role as MDS-PAS Chair, I want to acknowledge the significant achievements of the prior great leaders. With their guidance, the MDS-PAS has made significant progress. I also want to acknowledge the hard work and invaluable contributions of Nilda Toro, the program manager of the MDS-PAS, who is always ready to support the efforts of the section. Along with the executive committee, my vision of the future is reflected in the MDS-PAS strategic goals:  

  • 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.
     

Our overall goal is to promote the success of the MDS-PAS and to be inclusive of all the regions represented in the section. 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 willing to work hard to achieve the goals we have set and to meet the needs of an active and growing membership. 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 section forward. I hope to meet you in Miami at the 3rd PAS Congress, February 14-16, 2020.

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Cynthia Comella, MD, FAAN

 

MDS-PAS Leadership

MDS_PASAbout MDS-PAS
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).  

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

 

 

 

MDS-PAS Education 

3RD_PAS_CONGRESS3rd Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress
The aim of the 3rd Pan American Parkinson and Movement Disorders Congress is to encourage a discussion of therapeutic strategies of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders throughout the Americas, and highlight similarities and peculiarities of the clinical and surgical treatments of movement disorders in different regions of the MDS-PAS.  

PAS_VTGMDS-PAS Visiting Trainee Grant Program
The MDS-PAS Visiting Trainee Grant program offers two types of grants, for a clinical program or a research program, to a qualified resident, fellow, or recent graduate of a general neurology program to travel outside of his or her home country for a traineeship in movement disorders.
 

PAS_OUTREACHMDS-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
MDS LEAP was established to provide a leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists.



PAS_SYNMDS-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 Resources

AOPMC_ATTENDEESMDS Regional Section Travel Grants and Support Opportunities
Read to learn more about MDS' financial support opportunities for educational programming.

 

 



MDS-PAS Affiliate Societies 

MDS invites other neurological organizations and groups specializing in Movement Disorders to become an Affiliate Member of the Society to encourage research and enhance the education of physicians across the globe.

Argentine Neurological Society Movement Disorders Group

Javier Ziliani, MD
Secretary
Urquiza 609
Buenos Aires, 1221
Argentina
Tel: +5411 4931 5355
E-mail: jaziliani@gmail.com
Website: www.sna.org.ar

Brazilian Academy of Neurology

Rua Vergueiro 1353 sl1404
Vila Mariana, São Paulo - SP, 04101-000
Brazil
Tel: + 55-11- 5084-9463 or 5083-3876
Website: http://abneuro.org.br

Coordinators of the Movement Disorders Scientific Department (2016-2018):
Chien Hsin Fen, MD, PhD: chien.74@fmusp.org.br
Delson José da Silva, MD, PhD: delsonjsilva@gmail.com
Marcus Vinicius Della Coletta, MD: neurocoletta@ig.com.br

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
E-mail: jrlopezcontreras@yahoo.com
Tel: (503) 2264-4076

Colombian Neurological Society (ACN)

Mauricio Rueda-Acevedo, MD
FCV
Medellin, Colombia
Abnormal Movements and Parkinson’s Disease Group, Chair
E-mail: ruedamd@yahoo.com

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
Quito
Ecuador
E-mail: falarcon@ramt.com

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
E-mail: mrodriguez@innn.edu.mx
Website: www.neurologia.org.mx

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
Website: www.parkinson-study-group.org

 

MDS-PAS Collaborations

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

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Phone:
(800) 879-1960 or (612) 928-6000 (International)

Email:
memberservices@aan.com

Website:
https://www.aan.com/

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
10163-4777

Phone:
800-708-7644​

Website:
https://www.michaeljfox.org/

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

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

Website:
https://www.parkinson.org/

 

Upcoming MDS-PAS Regional Education Courses

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Contact Us

Nilda Toro
MDS-PAS Program Manager
International Secretariat
555 E. Wells St, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: +1 414 276-2145
Fax: +1 414 276-3349
ntoro@movementdisorders.org

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