Cleveland Clinic Designation Includes Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the addition of three new Centers of Excellence to its global network: Cleveland Clinic; Medical University of South Carolina; and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The Cleveland Clinic designation includes its main campus in Ohio as well as locations in Las Vegas, Nevada; Weston, Florida and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

“The Center of Excellence designation recognizes the leaders in providing high-quality Parkinson’s care,” said John Lehr, president and chief executive officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “The Parkinson’s Foundation will continue to expand our reach across the country to ensure that every person diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease has access to treatments that will improve their quality of life today.”

The Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network comprises 45 leading academic medical centers, 31 of which are in the United States, which serve more than 120,000 individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s annually. This sought-after designation identifies hospitals and academic medical centers with specialized teams of neurologists, movement disorders specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and mental health professionals, who are at the leading edge of the latest medications, therapies and innovations in Parkinson’s disease.

“At Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the incredible work of our team transcends the Las Vegas community,” said Larry Ruvo, co-founder and chairman of Keep Memory Alive. “Cleveland Clinic’s dedication to providing unparalleled patient care and world-class research is further magnified by the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence designation, and we are honored to receive this recognition.”

Every Center of Excellence designation is awarded based on a rigorous application and peer-review process with the following criteria:

  • Must see at least 700 unique patients with Parkinson’s disease annually
  • Conduct research relevant to Parkinson’s and/or conduct clinical trials for Parkinson’s
  • Provide exemplary team care, including a neurologist with training in movement disorders, nurse, social
  • worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech-language pathologist
  • Promote access to wellness programs for patients
  • Facilitate educational events for patients and families

“Our team at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health continues to forge a strong and innovative path in Parkinson’s disease research. The recognition of our systematic, holistic approach is yet another sign of our commitment to improving the quality of life for families affected by this debilitating disorder,” said Marwan Sabbagh, MD, FAAN, CCRI, Camille and Larry Ruvo Chair for Brain Health and Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “I look forward to building on this momentum and continuing to foster an environment that enhances research in a multidisciplinary setting to conquer neurological diseases.”

“This recognition reflects the tireless and dedicated effort of our entire team across the Cleveland Clinic health system,” says Zoltan Mari, MD, Director, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Ruvo Family Chair. “We will carry this designation with pride and it will re-energize us to reach even greater heights in providing compassionate care, offering the latest in research and clinical trials, and continuing to reinvent how we treat Parkinson’s disease.”

The Parkinson’s Foundation brings the Centers of Excellence together annually for a “Center Leadership Conference” to provide updates on care and research initiatives. Every center must recertify after five years to ensure requisite standards of care. For a full list of Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence visit their website.

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit their website.

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. The center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit and

About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit their website, or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.