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Joel S. Perlmutter, MD

Dr. Perlmutter is the:

  • Head of the Movement Disorders Section
  • Elliot Stein Family Professor of Neurology
  • Director of the American Parkinson Disease Association Advanced Research Center for Parkinson Disease
  • Director of the Huntington Disease Center of Excellence at Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Perlmutter is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism and the Parkinson's Study Group, the Huntington's Study Group, the Dystonia Study Group and is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association . He serves as Director of Medical Advisory Committee of the Missouri Chapter of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, as Medical Director of the Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center, and as a member of the advisory board of the the St. Louis Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association.

In 1992 and 1998, Dr. Perlmutter won the Eliasson Award for Outstanding Professor of Neurology, and in 1998 he won the Outstanding Young Alumni Physician's Award from the University of MO-Columbia.

LICENSURE: Diplomate, NBME; MO Board of the Healing Arts; Diplomate, American Board of Neurology & Psychiatry.

Dr. Perlmutter's main research interests include neuroimaging, basal ganglia physiology and pharmacology, mechanisms of deep brain stimulation, pathophysiology of dystonia, development of new agents to reduce nigrostriatal injury and electronic medical records systems.

A complete list of publications is available from PubMed.

Medical Training

Dr. Perlmutter received his AB in Biochemistry in 1975 from Princeton University, and his MD from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1979. Following an internship in internal medicine at the University of Missouri, he completed in 1983 his residency training in Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine. He served for a short time as a visiting Research Registrar in Neurology at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College Hospital in London, England before being appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology and Radiology at Washington University in 1985. Dr. Perlmutter was promoted to Associate Professor of Neurology and Radiology in 1990. He now is Professor of Neurology, Radiology an Physical Therapy as well as Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology. Director of the American Parkinson Disease Association Advanced Research Center for Parkinson Disease and Director of the Huntington Disease Center of Excellence at Washington University in St. Louis