Movement Disorder Clinical Team

 MDC faculty

      Irene Litvan, MD

Professor of Neurosciences and Director, Movement Disorder Center; Tasch Endowed Professor of Parkinson's Disease Research. Dr. Litvan has over 30 years of experience in adult neurology, movement disorders and psychiatry. Throughout her career, she has played a pivotal role in improving the management of parkinsonian and dementia disorders. Currently, Dr. Irene Litvan is the Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Movement Disorder Section. 

David Barba, MD

Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery. As UCSD’s Chief of Functional Neurosurgery, Dr. Barba’s areas of expertise include stereotactic surgery for deep brain stimulation and surgical treatments for patients with epilepsy. He is also the neurosurgical consultant for a national multicenter study of gene therapy for Alzheimer's disease. He is a San Diego native with more than 20 years of neurosurgical experience.

Jody Corey-Bloom, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosciences. She is also a Staff Physician at UCSD’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Director of the Genetically Handicapped Persons Program and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence at UCSD. She is consistently named by San Diego Magazine as one of the area’s top doctors, and was also highly rated by US News & World Report.

J.Vincent Filoteo, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Filoteo has over 18 years experience working with patients with various movement disorders and dementias. He received his Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology/psychology in 1994 from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. His research and clinical work focuses on the cognitive and clinical neuropsychology of Parkinson's disease.

Jennifer Friedman, MD

Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Pediatrics. Dr. Friedman is an expert in adult and pediatric movement disorders and has particular interest in genetic and metabolic disorders that affect movement. She directs the Movement Disorders and Tourette/Tic Disorder Clinics at Rady Children’s Hospital and does research in the areas of neurogenetics, Tourette’s Syndrome and disability awareness education.

Kathy Huynh, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Huynh graduated from UCSD graduating in 2000 with a BS in biochemistry and cell biology. She was licensed as a registered nurse in 2007 and obtained her MS in Nursing in 2010 from Samuel Merritt University. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Stephanie Lessig, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosciences. Dr. Lessig evaluates patients regarding general parkinsonism and other movement disorders, including administration of botulinum toxin and deep brain stimulation programming. Her research interests include Parkinson's cognition and applications of deep brain stimulation.

Fatta B. Nahab, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosciences. Dr. Nahab is a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training in movement disorders and neuroimaging. His clinical knowledge in the diagnosis and management of movement disorders are closely integrated with his research interests. The focus of his lab is to understand how tremor and neurodegenerative disorders impact brain function and the development of noveltherapies. 

Brenton Wright, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosciences. Dr. Wright is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist who evaluates and cares for patients with Parkinsonism, tremor, dystonia, and Huntington's disease, among other. His research interests include evaluation of new treatments and diagnostic measures for movement disorders. He administers botulinum toxin injections and works with patients who undergo deep brain stimulation surgery as part of his clinical practice.

Adriana Gonzalez, MSW

Clinical social worker. Adriana Gonzalez is a graduate of San Diego State University obtaining her masters degree in social work. Adriana spent the last seven years dedicated to providing clinical social work services in a medical setting, five of those years have been here at UCSD. Adriana is committed to working closely with the clinical team to support patients in meeting their treatment goals. Adriana is bilingual speaking both English & Spanish. Outside of work Adriana enjoys traveling, listening to live music & spending time with her family.