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USF Parkinson's Disease & Balance Center

Dr. Z

The USF Parkinson's Disease and Balance Center is located in the Carol Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care at USF, north campus off Fletcher Avenue in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Theresa Zesiewicz, MD FAAN and a team of clinical coordinators and neuroepidemiologist provide specialized care for patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Emphasis is placed on accurate diagnosis and state of the art therapy for Parkinson's disease. Other parkinsonisms and balance disorders followed at the clinic include atypical parkinsonisms, such as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Multiple System Atrophy. We also work extensively with other movement disorders including Essential Tremor, Ataxia and Dystonia.

The center offers experimental clinical trials and basic research for these diseases. Other treatment options including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, exercise, and nutrition are emphasized. Special attention is paid to the neuropsychiatric needs of movement disorders patients as well. The center also collaborates closely with neurosurgery in treating patients who require deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease and tremor.

A focus of the center is the treatment of tremor, including Essential Tremor (ET). Clinical trials are available for patients suffering from ET. Other movement disorders include imbalance from a variety of etiologies, tics, chorea, dystonia, myoclonus, restless leg syndrome (RLS) and Stiff Person Syndrome.

The USF Ataxia Research Center (USF ARC) and USF Huntington Disease Center are also located at the Carol Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare.

Frances J. Zesiewicz Parkinson’s Disease Center and Foundation

Balance Center

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
MDC Box 55
Tampa, FL 33612

Physical Location
13330 USF Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
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Phone Numbers:
Phone: (813) 974-5909
FAX: (813) 974-8032

Appointments

By Phone
For general information and appointments, please call: (813) 396-9478.
Outside of local calling area, please call: (888) USF-DOCS (888-873-3627)

Online Appointment Form
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Faculty & Staff

Photo of Theresa Zesiewicz, MD, FAAN Theresa A. Zesiewicz, M.D., F.A.A.N
Professor, Department of Neurology
Director, USF Ataxia Research Center (USF ARC)
Director of Clinical Research, Parkinson's Research Foundation
Founding Director, USF Ataxia Research Center
Photo of Kelly Sullivan, Ph.D. Kelly Sullivan, Ph.D.
Epidemiologist
Assistant Professor
Email: kbarber@health.usf.edu
Photo of Israte Jahan Israte Jahan
Photo of Amber Miller Amber Miller
Clinical Research Coordinator
Email: amiller@health.usf.edu
No Image Available Linda Jones, LPN, MSCS
No Image Available Nancy Kirk

Clinical Trials

Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) and Spinocerebellar Ataxia

  • FA COMS
    A Study of the Clinical Progression of FA in concert with the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) Network
  • FFA Biomarker Study
    A Study of New Tools to Measure and Track the Clinical progression of FA (including new gait and balance measures)
  • Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy in FA and SCA3
  • Study of the Natural History of SCA types 1,2,3 and 6

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Essential Tremor (ET)

  • Vesicare for Urinary Incontinence in PD
  • Cognitive Aging in PD Patients
  • Constipation and PD
  • A Therapeutic Study for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Treatment of Dyskinesias in PD
  • TETRAS – Primidone for the treatment of ET