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Leadership in Movement Disorders

Expert Advice and Crucial Career Moments

  • Susanne A. Schneider
  • Cynthia Comella
  • Highlights key aspects of leadership in neurology

  • Provides examples of successes and pitfalls through the eyes of key opinion leaders

  • Highlights "Best career advice received" in the experts' own words


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Daniela Berg
    Pages 1-4
  3. Kailash P. Bhatia
    Pages 5-8
  4. Roongroj Bhidayasiri
    Pages 9-13
  5. Bastiaan R. Bloem
    Pages 15-18
  6. Susan Bressman
    Pages 19-22
  7. David Burn
    Pages 23-26
  8. Francisco Cardoso
    Pages 27-29
  9. Louis C. S. Tan
    Pages 31-34
  10. Shilpa Chitnis
    Pages 35-37
  11. Günther Deuschl
    Pages 39-42
  12. Alberto J. Espay
    Pages 43-46
  13. Stanley Fahn
    Pages 47-49
  14. Susan H. Fox
    Pages 51-53
  15. Victor S. C. Fung
    Pages 55-59
  16. Oscar S. Gershanik
    Pages 61-64
  17. Christopher G. Goetz
    Pages 65-67
  18. Jennifer G. Goldman
    Pages 69-71
  19. Mark Hallett
    Pages 73-76
  20. Joseph Jankovic
    Pages 77-81

About this book


This book provides insights into the meaningful milestones of leaders and world experts in the field of movement disorders/neurology. Through the format of interview questions, it communicates the skills of key leaders in movement disorders. The interviewees are past and present leaders of the  International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (IPMDS) and their experiences reflect  the nature of working in the global environment and diversity of this society.  The stories in this book have value that transcends a specific Society and will provide lessons in leadership that have application to many organizations around the world. 

This is a key resource for movement disorders experts, clinicians, scientists and young neurologists who are planning the next step in their career.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne A. Schneider
    • 1
  • Cynthia Comella
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

About the editors

Susanne Schneider is a consultant neurologist with broad clinical and academic experience and with a great passion for research into the pathophysiology of Movement Disorders. Following her PhD in movement disorders at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology in London, UK. she continued her keen research interest in clinically-applied genetics. She is the author of more than 160 papers and chapters and the Editor of three books. She is an active member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society, currently serving on the Scientific and Ethical Issues Committee, the Web Editorial Board committee, and the LEAP Steering Committee, as well as the Program Committee of the 2019 World Parkinson Congress. She is on the Editorial Board of several journals and is Associate Editor of the new journal, Clinical Parkinsonism Related Disorders.. She was among the first graduates of the MDS LEAP program and has recently joined the LEAP faculty.

Cynthia L. Comella, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. She is an active member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society, serving on the Executive Committee, the Congress Scientific Programming Committee, the Continuing Medical Education committee, Chair of the Education committee, Secretary of the society and currently, Chair of the Publications Oversight committee and currently the Leadership Task force. She is active in the American Academy of Neurology, serving on the Science Committee, Chair of the Education committee, the Annual Meeting subcommittee, editorial board of Continuum and the Board of Directors of the AAN institute and currently is the director of the Women in Leadership program. She chairs the Dystonia Study Group and serves on the Steering committee of the Dystonia Coalition. Dr. Comella is the author or co-author of more than 165 articles, reviews, research papers, books, and book chapters about various topics including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, sleep-related movement disorders, restless legs syndrome, and botulinum toxin. She completed leadership training in the Sonoma Systems Leadership Challenge and Leadership Challenge facilitator training and serves as the director of the IP-MDS LEAP program, a program designed to teach the skills of leadership to young movement disorders specialists.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Leadership in Movement Disorders
  • Book Subtitle Expert Advice and Crucial Career Moments
  • Editors Susanne A. Schneider
    Cynthia Comella
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-12966-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-12967-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 175
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurology
    Medical Education
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“The intended audience is movement disorder specialists, but the audience can be extended to any practitioners in any field looking for advice on career development. … this is a concise and uplifting read for emerging leaders and young physicians in any field. Since the experts interviewed are highly specialized, I expect that primarily movement disorder specialists will seek this book out.” (Tsao-Wei Liang, Doody's Book Reviews, December 20, 2019)