Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, MD
Phone: (352) 273-5550
Fax: (352) 273-5575
Department of Neurology
Room L3-100, McKnight Brain Institute
1149 Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL. 32611
Dr. Adolfo Ramirez Zamora is currently an Associate Professor of Neurology and director of clinical trials at the University of Florida, Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration which is part of the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases and the McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. Ramirez practiced neurology over the past 5 years at the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Albany Medical Center where he served as an Associated Professor of Neurology and the Philly E. Dake Chair in Movement Disorders. Dr. Ramirez completed a surgical internship at Mercy hospital of Philadelphia along with a medicine internship At Bassett Healthcare Hospital in Cooperstown, NY. He then went on to complete his neurology residency at Loyola University Chicago followed by fellowship training in movement disorders at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Ramirez’s unique areas of expertise encompass management of the entire spectrum of movement disorders, cerebellar ataxias and the use of botulinum toxin injections and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of movement disorders.
Education and Training
|2009-2010||Movement Disorders Fellowship||University of California, San Francisco||San Francisco, CA|
|2006-1009||Neurology Residency||Loyola University||Chicago, IL|
|2005-2006||Internal Medicine Residency||Bassett Healthcare||Cooperstown, NY|
|2004-2005||Preliminary Surgery Residency||Mercy Catholic Medical Center||Philadelphia, PA|
|2000-2001||Rotary Internship||Instituto Nacional de las Ciencias Médicas y la Nutrición (National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition)||Mexico City, Mexico|
|1995-2002||MD||Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara||Guadalajara, Mexico|
Academic Honors & Awards
- NINDS Clinical Trials Methodology Course award recipient. NINDS (2015). Selected for participation in this program to develop expertise in clinical trials. Title of the project: “Globus Pallidus Interna Deep Brain Stimulation for treatment of pain and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease.
- Diversity Leadership Program Award recipient. American Academy of Neurology (2015). Recipient of the first diversity leadership class created by the Academy of Neurology to recognize and foster new leaders in the field.
- Richard Tyler Fellowship Award recipient. American Academy of Neurology (2015).
- Phyllis E. Dake Endowed Chair in Movement Disorders. First Incumbent of the Phyllis E. Dake Endowed Chair in Movement Disorders. Albany Medical Center, Neurosciences Institute (2014).
- Dentinger Award. Albany Medical Center. Neurology department award for dedication and excellence in resident’s education (2013).
- Travel grant award, The NINDS Clinical Trial Methods Course, August 2011, Vail CO.
- Travel grant award, 3rd Annual Translational and clinical research course for clinician-Scientists, John Hopkins University (2011)
- Frank Rubino Excellence Award (2007 & 2009). Loyola University Annual neurology department award for exceptional patient care and clinical excellence.
- Loyola MAGIS Star Award, Loyola University. Loyola University Health System committee’s award earn by employees who have extraordinarily displayed the MAGIS principles of care, concern, respect and cooperation for patients (2007 & 2009)
- Peer-selected Neurology department representative for Housestaff Governance Committee (2008 & 2009)
- Neurology RITE achievement award. Award for the highest Neurology in-service training examination score among neurology residents (2007, 2008, 2009)
- UAG Medical School Excellence Award. Honor as the best student in graduating class (2002). “Dr. Angel Leano” Academic Excellence Scholarship. Full tuition merit scholarship at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (1995-2002)
- Academic Student Association Committee at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (1997-2000).
- Ramirez-Zamora A, Gee L, Youn Y, Shin DS, Pilitsis JG. Pallidal Deep Brain Stimulation for the treatment of refractory dopa-responsive dystonia and Parkinsonism due to hereditary spastic paraplegia because of Spatacsin mutation (SPG11). JAMA Neurol. 2016 Nov 7
- Ramirez-Zamora A, Smith H, Kumar V, Prusik J, Phookan S, Pilitsis JG. Surgical neuroanatomy and programming considerations in posterior subthalmic area Deep Brain Stimulation for treatment of tremor. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2016;94(5):283-297
- Ramirez-Zamora A, Kaszuba B, Gee L, Prusik J, Molho E, Wilock M, Shin D, Pilitsis JG.Deep brain stimulation targeting, neurophysiology and programming considerations for dystonic tremor. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2016 Nov;150:169-176.
- Ramirez-Zamora A, Kaszuba BC, Gee L, Prusik J, Danisi F, Shin D, Pilitsis JG. Clinical Outcome and Characterization of Local Field Potentials in Holmes Tremor Treated with Pallidal Deep Brain Stimulation. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov (N Y). 2016 Jun 30;6:388
- Ramirez-Zamora A, Boggs H, Pilitsis JG. Reduction in DBS frequency improves balance difficulties after thalamic DBS for essential tremor. Neurol Sci. 2016 Aug 15; 367:122-7.
- Gee LE, Walling I, Ramirez-Zamora A, Shin DS, Pilitsis JG. Subthalamic deep brain stimulation alters neuronal firing in canonical pain nuclei in a 6-hydroxydopamine lesioned rat model of Parkinson’s disease. Exp Neurol. 2016 Jul 1; 283(Pt A):298-307.
- Ramirez-Zamora A, Smith H, Youn Y, Durphy J, Shin DS, Pilitsis JG. Hyperhidrosis associated with subthalamic deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease: Insights into central autonomic functional anatomy. J Neurol Sci. 2016 Jul 15; 366:59-64. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2016.04.045
- Belasen A, Youn Y, Gee L, Prusik J, Lai B, Ramirez-Zamora A, Rizvi K, Yeung P, Shin DS, Argoff C, Pilitsis JG. The Effects of Mechanical and Thermal Stimuli on Local Field Potentials and Single Unit Activity in Parkinson’s disease Patients. Neuromodulation. 2016 Jun 10.
- Ramirez-Zamora A, Okun. Deep brain stimulation for the treatment of uncommon tremor syndromes. Expert Rev Neurother. 2016 Aug; 16(8):983-97.
- Belasen A, Rizvi K, Gee LE, Yeung P, Prusik J, Ramirez-Zamora A, Hanspal E, Paiva P, Durphy J, Argoff CE, Pilitsis JG. Effect of low-frequency deep brain stimulation on sensory thresholds in Parkinson’s disease. J Neurosurg. 2016 Apr 22:1-7.