Wissam Deeb, MD

wissam.deeb@neurology.ufl.edu

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wissam Deeb is originally from Lebanon, where he obtained his medical degree at the University of Balamand. Seeking a more expansive training environment, Dr. Deeb started his internship and neurology residency at the University of Massachusetts in 2011. During his training, Dr. Deeb developed an interest in the management of patients with movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease, tics, dystonia). He pursued two years of fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Florida, where, in addition to developing solid clinical skills, he appreciated the value of patient centered care and understood Dr. Okun’s axiom “At our center, the patient is the Sun and the providers orbit around him/her”.

Dr. Deeb developed interest in clinical research focusing on dystonia (with a funded study through the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation) and Tourette syndrome (multiple internal studies at UF). Training at one of the premiere DBS centers in the USA, he acquired the skills needed for DBS intraoperative recording and postoperative programming. Dr. Wissam Deeb joined the movement division of the neurology department as an Assistant Professor in July 2017.

Clinical Interests

Dystonia (mainly focal dystonia and DBS indications), Tourette syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease. He provides botulinum toxin injections and DBS care.

Research Interests

Dr. Wissam Deeb is interested in clinical research focusing on physiologic markers of disease processes and progression. He is also interested in the development of wearable sensors and feedback tools.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Wissam Deeb engages in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows as part of their movement disorders rotations in addition to more formal lectures. He edits the monthly department newsletter that focuses on new developments in neurology in addition to the division news.

Awards and Recognition

Fellowship spirit award, at the graduation ceremony at the University of Florida
Chief Resident Appreciation award by the department of neurology at the University of Massachusetts
The Nickols award presented for “exemplary scholarship, teaching and compassionate care in the Neurology Residency, in the tradition of Jess Nickols, MD”

Medical Education

University of Balamand, Lebanon, 2010

Internship

University of Massachusetts, 2012

Residency

Neurology residency, University of Massachusetts, 2015

Fellowship

Movement disorders fellowship, University of Florida, 2017

Professional Society Affliliations

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (MDS)

Publications

Deeb W, Okun MS et al. (2016) “Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank – A Review of Emerging Issues and Technologies,” Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, vol. 10, art. 38, 2016.

Deeb W, Hu W, Almeida L, Patterson A, Martinez-Ramirez D, Wagle Shukla A (2016), “Benign tremulous Parkinsonism: a unique entity or another facet of Parkinson’s disease?”, Transl. Neurodegener., May 20;5:10, doi: 10.1186/s40035-016-0057-1.

Deeb W, Okun MS et al. (2016), “The International Deep Brain Stimulation Registry and Database for Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome: How Does It Work?” Front Neurosci. Apr 25;10:170. doi: 10.3389/fnins. 2016.00170.

Deeb W, Yancey J and Malaty I (2016), Acute Parkinsonism and Basal Ganglia Damage from Crystal Methamphetamine. Mov Disord Clin Pract. doi:10.1002/mdc3.12439

Deeb W, Souayah N. “Movement Disorders”, chapter from “Neurology examination and board review, third edition (not released yet), edited by Nizar Souayah ISBN-13: 978-0071825481

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