Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Department of Neurology

Eugene C. Lai, M.D., Ph.D.

Eugene C. Lai, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert W. Hervey Distinguished Endowed Chair for Parkinson Research and Treatment
Director, Neurodegenerative Disease Clinic 
Methodist Neurological Institute
Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
Weill Cornell Medical College
Senior Member
Chao Center for Bioinformatics Research and Imaging for Neurosciences (BRAIN)
Full Clinical Member
Houston Methodist Research Institute

6560 Fannin Street, Suite 802
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-441-0239
Fax: 713-790-5044


Dr. Lai is Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience and the Robert W. Hervey Distinguished Endowed Chair for Parkinson’s Disease Research and Treatment at the Houston Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute.  He is also the Director of the Neurodegenerative Diseases Clinic.  He is a clinician-scientist who has special interests in the causes and treatments of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and other related disorders. 

Dr. Lai has expertise in the assessment of motor function and quality of life.  He is the principal investigator or co-investigator of many clinical research studies.  He has more than one hundred scientific publications and book chapters, and has lectured widely on topics in neurodegenerative diseases.  He has been voted “Best Teacher” by his neurology residents.  He also has been recognized as one of American’s Top Physicians, Texas Super Doctors and Houston Super Doc.

Clinical Expertise:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Memory disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Gait disorders

Research Interests:

Epidemiology of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, Surgical treatments of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, Causes and treatments of non-motor dysfunctions in Parkinson’s disease, Treatments of gait disorders, Clinical drug studies for neurodegenerative diseases

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle WA
  • M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Internship in Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Residency in Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Chief Resident in Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology

Selected Publications: