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Director, USF Ataxia Research Center

Director, Clinical Research, USF Parkinson's Research Foundation Center of Excellence

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

Phone: (813) 974-5909
Fax: (813) 974-8032
Email: tzesiewi@health.usf.edu

Theresa A. Zesiewicz, M.D., F.A.A.N.

Movement Disorders
Professor

Education

Medical School: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Residency: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (Internal Medicine)
State University of New York (SUNY) Brooklyn (Neurology)
Fellowship: University of South Florida (Movement Disorders)

Interests

Clinical Interests:
• Parkinson's Disease
• Ataxia
• Essential tremor
• Dystonia
• Chorea

Research Interests:
• Parkinson's disease
• Essential tremor
• Spinocerebellar ataxia
• Friedreich's ataxia

Board Certification(s):
• American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)

Specialties:
• Movement Disorders
• Parkinson's disease
• Ataxia, essential tremor
• Dystonia
• Chorea
• Spinocerebellar ataxia
• FXTAS
• Friedreich's ataxia

Specialties:
Dr. Zesiewicz has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and is the Director of the USF Ataxia Research Center and the founder of the Frances J. Zesiewicz Foundation and Center for Parkinson's Disease. She has expertise in Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, ataxia, and dystonia, and specializes in pharmacologicaland surgical management of movement disorders. Dr. Zesiewicz has pioneered new therapies for several movement disorders, including ataxia. She is a member of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of neurology.

Selected 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 2008, In Press. Zesiewicz TA, Sullivan KL, Freeman A, Juncos JL.

Treatment of imbalance with varenicline (Chantix): report of a patient with Fragile X Tremor Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS). Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, Accepted May 2008, In Press. Suchowersky O, Gronseth G, Perlmutter J, Reich S, Zesiewicz T, Weiner WJ.

Practice Parameter: neuroprotective strategies and alternative therapies for Parkinson disease (an evidence-based review): report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2006 Apr 11;66(7):976-82. Erratum in: Neurology. 2006 Jul 25;67(2):299. Suchowersky O, Reich S, Perlmutter J, Zesiewicz T, Gronseth G, Weiner WJ.

Practice Parameter: diagnosis and prognosis of new onset Parkinson disease (an evidence-based review): report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2006 Apr 11;66(7):968-75.
Zesiewicz TA, Elble R, Louis ED, Hauser RA, Sullivan KL, Dewey RB Jr, Ondo WG, Gronseth GS, Weiner WJ.

Practice parameter: therapies for essential tremor: report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2005 Jun 28;64(12):2008-20. Epub 2005 Jun 22.