Department of Neurology
Mahesh Padmanaban is a movement disorder specialist. His clinical interests include Parkinson’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy, cortical basal ganglionic degeneration, Huntington’s disease and chorea, tremor, dystonia, hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, and tics. He uses medications, botulinum toxin injections, and deep brain stimulation surgery (DBS) for treatment of these neurological conditions. His research interests include non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, freezing of gait, and atypical Parkinsonism. He is currently working in collaboration with colleagues on a number of studies, some of which include the use of low frequency stimulation for gait and swallowing difficulty in Parkinson’s patients who have undergone DBS, and a clinical trial exploring potential treatment of PSP.
Padmanaban received a BS from the University of Michigan and an MD from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed an internship at the Charleston Area Medical Center, followed by a neurology residency at the University of Chicago. He subsequently completed movement disorder fellowships at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. He is currently affiliated with the University of Chicago Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, which has been classified as a Center for Advanced Research by the American Parkinson Disease Association.