Assistant Professor of Neurology


Umer Akbar, MD, is a neurologist who specializes in the medical and surgical management of movement disorders.  He joined Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University from the University of Florida where he was awarded the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation fellowship grant to study diffusion tensor imaging in dystonia patients undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS). Dr. Akbar is trained in the diagnosis and management of movement disorders, and is proficient in botulinum toxin injections, DBS patient evaluation and selection, intra-operative micro-electrode recording, and post-operative DBS programming.

Following his undergraduate education at Rutgers University, Dr. Akbar attended medical school in Nevis and subsequently completed neurology residency training at Rutgers University-affiliated Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ/Cooper University Hospital). He became involved with research early in his training and remains enthusiastic and engaged with scientific exploration as it pertains to clinical management of people with movement disorders.  His research areas of interest are Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Parkinson's disease and dystonia. 

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