Movement Disorder Fellowship

The Houston Methodist Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology is proud to offer a one-year fellowship in Movement Disorders. Fellows will be trained clinically through direct patient contact with inpatient consultations and in the department outpatient Movement Disorders Clinic.

Fellows will learn to evaluate and manage disorders including but not limited to Parkinson's disease, dystonia, spasticity, tremor, restless legs syndrome, atypical parkinsonian disorders, Huntington’s disease, chorea, Tourette's syndrome, ataxias, hemi-facial spasm, Wilson’s disease, stiff person syndrome, stereotype, paroxysmal dyskinesia, myoclonus, and functional movement disorders; also, learn to treat other conditions associated with movement disorders including dementia, depression, anxiety, impulse control disorder, psychosis, emotional lability (pseudobulbar affect), orthostatic hypotension, constipation, urinary difficulties (urgency, nocturia, incontinence), sleep disturbances (REM-behavior disorder, hypersomnolence, interrupted sleep), among others.

In addition to learning medical evaluation and management of movement disorders, fellows will be expected to become proficient in:
  • The administration of botulinum toxin, including patient selection, dose and drug determination, and muscle selection
  • Deep brain stimulation interrogation, adjustment and management, including patient selection and concurrent medical management, and spend time in the operating room during the implantation of deep brain stimulation
  • Adjustment and management of baclofen pumps, including patient selection and concurrent medical management

In addition to the primary role within our Movement Disorders outpatient clinic, Fellows will interface with:
  • Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry faculty regarding movement disorders emerging in primary psychiatric conditions, and management of psychiatric symptoms (mood and behavior) in primary movement disorders
  • Cognitive Neurology faculty regarding the diagnosis and management of cognitive and language disturbances that associate with or develop in patients with movement disorders
  • Neurosurgery faculty in the context of interventions for movement disorders, especially selection, evaluation, and management of patients with deep brain stimulation, baclofen pumps, and other stereotactic procedures
  • Neuroimaging faculty (MR, CT, DAT, PET) regarding patterns in movement disorders

Fellowship applicants can apply through the San Francisco Match Movement Disorder Fellowship section.


Maria J. Torres-Quiles, Fellowship Coordinator

Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology

6560 Fannin St.

Scurlock Tower, 7th Floor

Houston, Texas 77030


William G. Ondo, MD