Dr. David Simon (Chair)
Dr. David K. Simon is the Director of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a National Parkinson’s Disease Center of Excellence. He is also a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Simon completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins followed by his MD and PhD degrees at Washington University in St. Louis. He then completed a Harvard Longwood Neurology Residency in Boston and a Movement Disorders Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Simon was a recipient of the George C. Cotzias Award from the American Parkinson Disease Association and has received funding from the American Federation for Aging Research, the National Parkinson Foundation, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the NIA and the NINDS.
Clinically he specializes in movement disorders including Parkinson’s, atypical parkinsonisms, tremors, gait disorders, ataxias, tics and Tourette’s Syndrome. He also has an interest in mitochondrial genetic disorders. Dr. Simon’s laboratory research program focuses on the neurodegeneration of brain cells in aging and in Parkinson’s disease, and testing strategies to protect against this degeneration.
2016 David Simon Advisor Fellow: Dr. Janaina Espinosa Teixeira, Role of somatic mitochondrial DNA mutations in vulnerability to α-synuclein toxicity