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Theresa Zesiewicz, MD

Professor, College Of Medicine Neurology

College Of Medicine Neurology

Contact Info 12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd.
MDC 55
Tampa, FL 33612

Academic Email: tzesiewi@health.usf.edu

Academic Phone: (813) 974-5633

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  • MD, University Of Medicine And Dentistry Of New Jersey, 1988


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Diplomat, 1998 - Present)
  • Parkinson's Study Group (Member, 1997 - Present)
  • American Medical Association (Member, 1995 - Present)
  • American Academy of Neurology (Fellow, 1993 - Present)
  • Movement Disorders Society (Member, 1993 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Zesiewicz, TA.Sullivan, KL. Treatment of ataxia and imbalance with varenicline (chantix): report of 2 patients with spinocerebellar ataxia (types 3 and 14). Clinical neuropharmacology. 31(6) : 363-5http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19050414
  • Shimberg, WR.Patel, NB.Sullivan, KL.Hauser, RA.Zesiewicz, TA. Levetiracetam for stiff-person syndrome: report of 2 patients. Clinical neuropharmacology. 31(5) : 301-2http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18836351
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Hauser, RA.Freeman, A.Sullivan, KL.Miller, AM.Halim, T. Fentanyl-induced bradykinesia and rigidity after deep brain stimulation in a patient with Parkinson disease. Clinical neuropharmacology. 32(1) : 48-50http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19471184
  • Zesiewicz, T.Vu, T.Carranza, MA.Appelbaum, R.Snyder, M.Staffetti, JS.Allison, KG.Shimberg, WR.Louis, ED. Unusual wrist tremor: unilateral isometric tremor? Tremor and other hyperkinetic movements (New York, N.Y.). 4, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24455450
  • Lerner, V.Miodownik, C.Sheva, B.Bhidayasiri, R.Fahn, S.Gronseth, GS.Sullivan, KL.Zesiewicz, TA. Evidence-based guideline: Treatment of tardive syndromes: report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 81(22) : 1967, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24276337
  • Seyer, LA.Galetta, K.Wilson, J.Sakai, R.Perlman, S.Mathews, K.Wilmot, GR.Gomez, CM.Ravina, B.Zesiewicz, T.Bushara, KO.Subramony, SH.Ashizawa, T.Delatycki, MB.Brocht, A.Balcer, LJ.Lynch, DR. Analysis of the visual system in Friedreich ataxia. Journal of neurology. 260(9) : 2362-9, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23775342
  • Wecker, L.Engberg, ME.Philpot, RM.Lambert, CS.Kang, CW.Antilla, JC.Bickford, PC.Hudson, CE.Zesiewicz, TA.Rowell, PP. Neuronal nicotinic receptor agonists improve gait and balance in olivocerebellar ataxia. Neuropharmacology. 73: 75-86, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23711550
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Sullivan, KL.Hinson, V.Stover, NP.Fang, J.Jahan, I.Miller, A.Carranza, MA.Elble, R. Multisite, double-blind, randomized, controlled study of pregabalin for essential tremor. Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society. 28(2) : 249-50, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23238907
  • Favilla, CG.Topiol, DD.Zesiewicz, TA.Wagle Shukla, A.Foote, KD.Jacobson, CE.Okun, MS. Impact of discontinuing tremor suppressing medications following thalamic deep brain stimulation. Parkinsonism & related disorders. 19(2) : 171-5, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23062997
  • Bhidayasiri, R.Fahn, S.Gronseth, GS.Sullivan, KL.Zesiewicz, TA. Author response. Neurology. 81(22) : 1967, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24416785
  • Bhidayasiri, R.Fahn, S.Weiner, WJ.Gronseth, GS.Sullivan, KL.Zesiewicz, TA. Evidence-based guideline: treatment of tardive syndromes: report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 81(5) : 463-9, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23897874
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Martinez-Martin, P. Effects of rotigotine transdermal system on non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease: an overview. Expert review of neurotherapeutics. 13(12) : 1329-42, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24236902
  • Ashizawa, T.Figueroa, KP.Perlman, SL.Gomez, CM.Wilmot, GR.Schmahmann, JD.Ying, SH.Zesiewicz, TA.Paulson, HL.Shakkottai, VG.Bushara, KO.Kuo, SH.Geschwind, MD.Xia, G.Mazzoni, P.Krischer, JP.Cuthbertson, D.Holbert, AR.Ferguson, JH.Pulst, SM.Subramony, SH. Clinical characteristics of patients with spinocerebellar ataxias 1, 2, 3 and 6 in the US; a prospective observational study. Orphanet journal of rare diseases. 8: 177, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24225362
  • Edwards, JD.Hauser, RA.O'Connor, ML.Vald├ęs, EG.Zesiewicz, TA.Uc, EY. Randomized trial of cognitive speed of processing training in Parkinson disease. Neurology. 81(15) : 1284-90, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24014503
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Shaw, JD.Allison, KG.Staffetti, JS.Okun, MS.Sullivan, KL. Update on treatment of essential tremor. Current treatment options in neurology. 15(4) : 410-23, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23881742
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Greenstein, PE.Sullivan, KL.Wecker, L.Miller, A.Jahan, I.Chen, R.Perlman, SL. A randomized trial of varenicline (Chantix) for the treatment of spinocerebellar ataxia type 3. Neurology. 78(8) : 545-50, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22323747
  • Snyder, M.Seyer, L.Lynch, DR.Resnick, A.Zesiewicz, TA. Cardiac dysfunction exacerbated by endocrinopathies in Friedreich ataxia: a case series. Journal of child neurology. 27(10) : 1316-9, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22408141
  • Ondo, WG.Kenney, C.Sullivan, K.Davidson, A.Hunter, C.Jahan, I.McCombs, A.Miller, A.Zesiewicz, TA. Placebo-controlled trial of lubiprostone for constipation associated with Parkinson disease. Neurology. 78(21) : 1650-4, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22573627
  • Elble, R.Comella, C.Fahn, S.Hallett, M.Jankovic, J.Juncos, JL.Lewitt, P.Lyons, K.Ondo, W.Pahwa, R.Sethi, K.Stover, N.Tarsy, D.Testa, C.Tintner, R.Watts, R.Zesiewicz, T. Reliability of a new scale for essential tremor. Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society. 27(12) : 1567-9, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23032792
  • Carranza, MA.Snyder, MR.Elble, RJ.Boutzoukas, AE.Zesiewicz, TA. Methodological issues in clinical drug development for essential tremor. Tremor and other hyperkinetic movements (New York, N.Y.). 2, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23440401
  • Resnick, AS.Okun, MS.Malapira, T.Smith, D.Vale, FL.Sullivan, K.Miller, A.Jahan, I.Zesiewicz, T. Sustained Medication Reduction Following Unilateral VIM Thalamic Stimulation for Essential Tremor. Tremor and other hyperkinetic movements (New York, N.Y.). 2, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23440408
  • Dempsey, LE.Karver, MS.Labouliere, C.Zesiewicz, TA.De Nadai, AS. Self-perceived burden as a mediator of depression symptoms amongst individuals living with a movement disorder. Journal of clinical psychology. 68(10) : 1149-60, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22814900
  • Garbuzova-Davis, S.Woods, RL.Louis, MK.Zesiewicz, TA.Kuzmin-Nichols, N.Sullivan, KL.Miller, AM.Hernandez-Ontiveros, DG.Sanberg, PR. Reduction of circulating endothelial cells in peripheral blood of ALS patients. PloS one. 5(5) : e10614, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20485543
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Chari, A.Jahan, I.Miller, AM.Sullivan, KL. Overview of essential tremor. Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment. 6: 401-8, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20856604
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Sullivan, KL.Gooch, CL.Lynch, DR. Subjective improvement in proprioception in 2 patients with atypical Friedreich ataxia treated with varenicline (Chantix). Journal of clinical neuromuscular disease. 10(4) : 191-3, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19494730
  • Fleischman, D.Madan, G.Zesiewicz, TA.Fleischman, M. Stiff-person syndrome: commonly mistaken for hysterical paralysis. Clinical neurology and neurosurgery. 111(7) : 644, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19473753
  • Jahan, I.Hauser, RA.Sullivan, KL.Miller, A.Zesiewicz, TA. Sleep disorders in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment. 5: 535-40, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19898667
  • Saleh, IA.Zesiewicz, T.Xie, Y.Sullivan, KL.Miller, AM.Kuzmin-Nichols, N.Sanberg, PR.Garbuzova-Davis, S. Evaluation of humoral immune response in adaptive immunity in ALS patients during disease progression. Journal of neuroimmunology. 215(1-2) : 96-101, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19682755
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Evatt, ML. Potential influences of complementary therapy on motor and non-motor complications in Parkinson's disease. CNS drugs. 23(10) : 817-35, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19739693
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Sullivan, KL.Gooch, CL. Red flags to spot the parkinsonian variant of multiple system atrophy. Nature clinical practice. Neurology. 4(11) : 596-7, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18695708
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Shimberg, WR.Hauser, RA.Robinson, W.Wilson, MC.Sullivan, KL. Chorea as a side effect of gabapentin (Neurontin) in a patient with complex regional pain syndrome Type 1. Clinical rheumatology. 27(3) : 389-90, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17938990
  • Espay, AJ.Duker, AP.Chen, R.Okun, MS.Barrett, ET.Devoto, J.Zeilman, P.Gartner, M.Burton, N.Miranda, HA.Mandybur, GT.Zesiewicz, TA.Foote, KD.Revilla, FJ. Deep brain stimulation of the ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus in medically refractory orthostatic tremor: preliminary observations. Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society. 23(16) : 2357-62, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18759339