WASHINGTON, D.C.; JUNE 14, 2012 – Zachary T. Levine, M.D., Principal at the Washington Brain & Spine Institute and Chair of Neurosurgery and Director of Functional Neurosurgery at Holy Cross Hospital, has joined the board of directors of the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN).  A board-certified neurosurgeon with advanced training in cranial base surgery and stereotactic/functional surgery for movement disorders, Levine also has extensive experience in deep brain stimulation and image-guided, computer-assisted microsurgery.  Levine is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery.

“As a well-respected surgeon who treats people with Parkinson’s disease, Zach Levine has been a long-time supporter of PAN’s work in the Parkinson’s community,” said Amy Comstock Rick, CEO of PAN.  “We welcome his clinical perspective and expertise in our efforts to educate and promote strong federal funding and policy support for the 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans with Parkinson’s,” she added.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Levine completed medical school at New York University School of Medicine in the Honors Program and did his residency in neurological surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center.  Dr. Levine has taught cranial base surgical approaches at national meetings and has authored original articles and book chapters in cranial base and neurovascular surgery.  He currently holds a patent for cell transplantation for neuro-degenerative diseases and movement disorders.  

Dr. Levine is a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners.  He holds numerous memberships in professional societies, and he has received multiple awards and honors for his work.  He also serves on the medical advisory board of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area.  He resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with his wife and two daughters.

About the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN)
PAN is the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community advocating for better treatments and a cure.  In partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and our powerful grassroots network, PAN educates the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s.

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