University of Rochester Medical Center | Lewy Body Dementia Association LBDA

University of Rochester Medical Center

The University of Rochester RCOE is part of the Department of Neurology’s Movement Disorders Division, which is committed to conducting high quality research, delivering patient and family-centered care, support, and education to those affected by movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and related parkinsonian conditions. The movement disorders clinical and research centers are integrated and currently include six movement disorder neurologists, one neuropsychologist, three movement disorders fellows, two nurse practitioners, two RN’s, one social worker and five research coordinators. The movement disorders division faculty and staff collaborate closely with those in our Memory Care Program as well as the Centers for Human Experimental Therapeutics and Telemedicine. The comprehensive approach to patient care in both the movement disorders and memory care programs includes access to formal neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation and speech therapy in our Integrated Cognitive Rehabilitation Program in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, psychological and psychiatric care through our Older Adults Service in the Department of Psychiatry, Physical and Occupation Therapy, and case-management and counseling with social workers.


Clinic name: University of Rochester Medical Center, Dept. of Neurology: Movement Disorders Unit
Phone number: 585-341-7500
Website: Movement Disorders Division

Irene Richard, MD

Dr. Richard, Professor of Neurology at UR serves as Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence and the Movement Disorders Fellowship Training Program. She received her MD from Yale University School of Medicine in 1991, completed a neurology residency at the UR in 1995, and then joined the UR Faculty in 1997 after completing an NIH-funded fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics. She cares for patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and related conditions. Her primary research is aimed at better understanding of psychiatric and cognitive symptoms in these disorders to develop effective treatments.

Katherine Amodeo, MD

Dr. Amodeo is a neurologist specializing in the diagnosis and care of patients with neurodegenerative movement disorders and dementia. She is specifically interested in the understanding and treatment of cognitive impairment in Parkinson disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and related parkinsonian dementias. She completed fellowship training at the University of Rochester as a selected Edmond J. Safra MJFF Fellow. During her fellowship, she was mentored and trained by faculty in both our Movement Disorders and Memory Care programs and provide clinical care for patients in both settings. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between orthostatic hypotension (OH) and cognitive function in PD and DLB. She has begun to explore this relationship between OH and cognitive function in a pilot study among individuals with Lewy body dementia (PDD and DLB).