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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Maya Katz, MD

Staff Physician, Neurology Service, SFVAHCS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, UCSF

Improving Treatments for Patients with Movement Disorders

I am an Assistant Professor at UCSF’s Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center in the Department of Neurology.   This multidisciplinary group is one of the busiest deep brain stimulation (DBS) centers in the country and is internationally recognized for its comprehensive clinical care and therapeutic innovations.  I am also a Staff Neurologist and Associate Director of Research at the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) at the San Francisco Veterans Affair Medical Center (VAMC).    The San Francisco PADRECC is one of six national centers of excellence focused on state-of-the-art clinical care, education and research for movement disorders.  As a part of my positions at UCSF and the VAMC, I mentor and teach movement disorders fellows, neurology residents and UCSF medical students. 

My research interests include enhancing our understanding of DBS target selection and outcomes to enhance treatment options for patients with essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and other movement disorders.  In addition, my research focuses on neuroprotection in Parkinson’s disease to help identify disease-modifying therapies. 

To see Dr. Katz on PubMed, click here.