Jan Parkinson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in May of 2005. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Parkinson Foundation Heartland for the past six years, including serving as the board's President. He has been a frequent speaker on the subject of "living with Parkinson's disease" to a variety of civic and professional groups.
Mr. Parkinson retired in 2010 after a 43-year career at Hallmark Cards, where he was Vice President, Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions. He was involved in more than 100 movies produced for the award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame series. In addition he has written and directed more than 60 behind-the-scenes documentary videos for the Hallmark Hall of Fame.
He was appointed to the Missouri Film Commission, serving for more than 10 years. He was also a member of the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Corporate Advisory Council of the National Captioning Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and served as a Trustee of the William Allen White Foundation there.
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Dr. Pahwa received his M.B.B.S. (M.D.) degree at Seth G.S. Medical College, University of Bombay, India. He completed an internship in medicine at Baylor College of Medicine followed by a residency in Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He then completed a one year fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Pahwa joined the faculty of the Department of Neurology as an Instructor in 1992 and is currently Professor of Neurology. He is Director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Pahwa is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Pahwa's research interests are centered around the various aspects of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. He is currently involved in studies related to medical and surgical forms of therapies for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Dr. Pahwa has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and abstracts in leading neurology and movement disorder journals. He has conducted more than 75 clinical trials related to Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. He is the co-editor of "Handbook of Parkinson's Disease", 3rd and 4th editions; "Therapy of Parkinson's Disease", 3rd edition; and "Handbook of Essential Tremor and other Tremor Disorders". He is co-author of the book "Parkinson's Disease: Questions and Answers", 4th edition.