Neurologist: Noreen Bukhari-Parlakturk, MD, PhD

Neurologist: Noreen Bukhari-Parlakturk, MD, PhD


I am Noreen Bukhari-Parlakturk. I’m an assistant professor in
the department of neurology, in the division of movement disorders. We take care of patients
with Parkinson’s Disease. We take care of patients
with Huntington’s Disease. Dystonia patients, I’m particularly
interested in that population, because I’m doing research
on dystonia patients. We also take care of essential tremors,
tic disorders, and ataxia patients. I think patients when they come
to us think about their diseases, but in our division, we’re very focused on
thinking about the quality of their life. So we like to think of our patients
not just as their disease, but as the whole aspects of their life. One of the key questions
I always ask my patients, if they don’t say it up front is,
what bothers you the most. And it may not be a medical thing,
it may be that I can’t play golf anymore. We have to figure out what it is that
prevents them from playing golf, and try to help them to regain that. Although sometimes even
though it’s frustrating, that we don’t have disease
modifying therapies. It makes such a big difference that
we provide these treatments, and symptomatic benefit for our patients. And I can see the big difference
it makes in their lives, when they come back to us after we’ve
given them some medication, or therapies, or lifestyle change we’ve recommended. They come back and
they tell us it’s helped them, and made them almost close
to living a normal life. And that’s very satisfying for me as a
physician, so I really enjoy that aspect.

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