Stewart Factor, DO, a lead researcher in the field of Parkinson's disease (PD), including therapeutics and environmental risk factors, has joined Emory University School of Medicine to direct the Emory Comprehensive Parkinson's Disease Center and the Movement Disorders Program.
Dr. Factor comes to Emory from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, where he served as director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Section and co-director of the Huntington's Disease Testing and Comprehensive Care Program.
He received his osteopathic degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology. He then completed a residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital and a fellowship at the University of Miami in Florida.
"We couldn't imagine a better fit for Emory than Dr. Factor," says Allan I. Levey, MD, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine. "Emory has one of the leading programs for Parkinson's disease in the world. Our physicians care for thousands of individuals every year, and our pioneering research has led to new surgical therapies. Dr. Factor is internationally recognized as a leading authority in the field, bringing enormous new expertise in clinical care and research."
"We are delighted that he will lead our new Comprehensive Parkinson's Disease Center where all patients will receive the best care possible and everyone will have opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research," says Dr. Levey.
The Emory Comprehensive Parkinson's Disease Center is made up of clinical care, teaching and research components with top experts in the field of PD. The Movement Disorders Program, which Dr. Factor will also direct, encompasses treatment plans, research efforts, and educational means for those with Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, tremor, tic disorders and other movement disorders.
"Emory is a world-class medical school and the university has unbelievable resources," says Dr. Factor. "I hope to combine all that Emory has to offer and make the Comprehensive Parkinson's Disease Center a facility that provides multifaceted care to patients. Opportunities for collaboration in clinical care and research will mean better care and resources for patients."
Dr. Factor will lead several studies at Emory that focus specifically on environmental connections and environmental risk factors for PD.
He has written dozens of journal articles and book chapters, and has recently edited his second textbook.
Dr. Factor is married to Ann Marie Factor, a nurse. They have two daughters and reside in Atlanta.