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Saint Barnabas Medical Center Celebrates Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day

Dr. Arash Fazl, a Barnabas Health Medical Group provider, speaks to more than 200 about latest breakthroughs in Parkinson’s Disease treatment. Credits: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) recently hosted a sold-out Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day educational program, featuring Arash Fazl, M.D., Ph.D., a movement disorder specialist board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. 

Dr. Fazl, a Barnabas Health Medical Group provider, spoke to a capacity crowd of more than 200 people about the latest breakthroughs in Parkinson’s Disease treatment. Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disorder in which certain parts of the central nervous system and brain degenerate for unknown reasons. It is typically treated by a specially trained physician known as a movement disorder specialist. 

“More than a year ago, SBMC launched an active Parkinson’s Family Advisory Committee to address the needs of the community,” said Stephen Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO of SBMC. “This group identified the need to recruit a movement disorder specialist in this region. Dr. Fazl will be a welcome addition to our medical staff.”

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For the past few years, SBMC has been offering numerous exercise programs and monthly support groups for Parkinson’s patients and caregivers. Weekly exercise classes, held at the Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute at JCC Metrowest, include tai chi chih, Water Warriors and strength training. Last summer, Rock Steady, a non-contact boxing class, was launched and is rapidly expanding at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center (ACC).

To learn more about the Parkinson’s Disease exercise programs or support group, contact 973-322-8195.

Dr. Fazl, a Barnabas Health Medical Group provider, will be opening his office on May 1 in the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, located at 200 South Orange Avenue in Livingston. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fazl, call 1-888-724-7123.

Pictured above are: 

Karen Cooper, Community Member, Lauren Norcross, Outreach Coordinator; Sally Malech, Director of Marketing, Jennifer A. O’Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Stuart Cooper, Parkinson’s Family Advisory Council member, Livingston Mayor Edward Meinhardt, Michelle Sutton, Parkinson’s Family Advisory Council member,  Margie Heller, Administrative Director, Community Health and Outreach, Doug DeStefano, Director of Pharmacy, Arash Fazl, M.D., Ph.D., Movement Disorder Specialist, and Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

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