Editor Profile

Michael S. Okun, MD

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Journal Watch Neurology Board

Michael S. Okun, MD, is Professor and Chairman, University of Florida Department of Neurology, and Co-Director, Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute, Gainesville. He also holds the Adelaide Lackner Professorship in Neurology at the University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute. He is dedicated to the interdisciplinary care concept. Since his appointment as the National Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) in 2006, he has worked with the international NPF centers of excellence to help foster the best possible environments for care and research. He runs the online international “Ask the Expert” forums on the NPF website. He is also the Medical Advisor for Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure and Co-Director of the Medical Advisory Board for the Tourette Syndrome Association. Dr. Okun’s research interests include nonmotor basal ganglia brain features and the cognitive, behavioral, and mood effects of deep-brain stimulation. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, is a published poet (Lessons From the Bedside, 1995), and has served as a reviewer for more than 25 major medical journals. He authored the number-one best-selling book on Parkinson disease on Amazon, Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life, which has been translated into 20 languages. He is an international speaker on Parkinson disease, DBS, and movement disorders.


Consultant / Advisory board

Parkinson’s Foundation; Tourette Syndrome Association


Books4Patients; Demos; Cambridge; Taylor and Francis; Henry Stewart Talks

Grant / Research support
National Institutes of Health; National Parkinson Foundation; Michael J. Fox Foundation; Tourette Syndrome Association; Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation; Dystonia Medical Research Foundation; University of Florida Foundation
Editorial boards
National Parkinson Foundation; Parkinsonism and Related Disorders; Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements; Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders; Movement Disorders; JAMA Neurology
Leadership positions in professional societies
Parkinson’s Foundation (National Medical Director); Tourette Syndrome Association (Co-Chair Medical Advisory Board); International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (International Executive Committee)