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Neurology Faculty

Eric Molho, MD
Professor and Riley Family Chair of Parkinson's Disease

Dr. Eric Molho is Director of one of the only comprehensive Movement Disorders and Parkinson’s Disease Centers in New York State. His practice is almost exclusively devoted to treating Parkinson’s disease, tremor, and dystonia, as well as other movement disorders. Dr. Molho has served as the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease, enabling him to offer the most advanced treatments and knowledge to his patients. He is also uniquely skilled and experienced in botulinium injections for dystonia, providing patients with optimum results. Patients value his comprehensive and compassionate approach:  “The best that I can offer is my time and expertise,” explains Dr. Molho. “These are complex cases and I feel it’s important to take the time to distinguish each individual patient’s needs, tolerance for medication and lifestyle in order to ensure the best treatment outcomes." 

Dr. Molho is a graduate of Albany Medical College where he currently serves as a professor of neurology and the Riley Family Chair in Parkinson’s Disease. At Albany Medical Center, he completed his residency in neurology and a fellowship in movement disorders with Dr. Stewart Factor. He has served as the co-director of the Tardive Dyskinesia Clinic and Huntington’s Disease Comprehensive Care Center, as well as the course director of the 2nd year clinical neurosciences course at Albany Medical College. As an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and Movement Disorders Society, Parkinson Study Group, Huntington Study Group and Dystonia Study Group, Dr. Molho is undoubtedly a leader in his field uncovering medical breakthroughs and providing exceptional patient care.

 

Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora joined the faculty of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center in 2010. Under the auspices of Columbia University, Dr. Ramirez Zamora completed an internship in Cooperstown, NY and then went on to complete his neurology residency at Loyola University in Chicago. His fellowship training in movement disorders was at University of California San Francisco, which has one of the country’s most respected deep brain stimulation programs for the treatment of movement disorders.

Dr. Ramirez’s unique area of expertise encompasses presurgical evaluations of surgical candidates, intraoperative monitoring as part of the surgical team and post operative stimulation programming and medication adjustments for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. He is also experienced in the use of botulinum toxin injections for the treatment of dystonia and other neurological disorders.

His additional clinical research interests include experimental therapeutics in movement disorders, gait disorders and impulse control disorders in Parkinsion’s disease patients. Dr. Ramirez is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Society, Parkinson Study Group, and Huntington Study Group.

 

Era Hanspal, MD 
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Era Hanspal joined the Movement Disorders division at Albany Medical Center in 2011. She completed her residency in neurology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and had the privilege of completing two years of fellowship training at Columbia University under the direction of Dr. Stanley Fahn.  Dr Fahn is considered by many of his neurological peers to be the “Father” of the movement disorders field.

Dr. Hanspal is board certified in neurology and is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Society, and Parkinson’s Study Group.  Her special interests include the whole spectrum of pediatric movement disorders including neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA).

Dr. Hanspal is the director of Huntington’s disease predictive genetic testing program at Albany Medical Center and she is an active participant in a wide variety of community outreach programs related to Huntington’s disease. She is currently working on developing a brain donation repository in collaboration with prestigious medical centers in Boston and New York City.

Although Dr. Hanspal has had impressive academic and clinical achievements thus far in her career, it is her personal touch, compassion and devotion to patients and their families that distinguishes her and makes her a favorite amongst patients and colleagues alike.

 

Jennifer Durphy, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Jennifer Durphy joined the Movement Disorders Division at Albany  Medical Center in 2012. She completed her neurology residency training at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and went on to complete her fellowship training at Albany Medical Center under the guidance of Dr. Eric Molho. Her fellowship involved an in depth training in the diagnosis and management of the full range of common and rare movement disorders.

She brought this experience and her passion for patient care to the movement disorders clinic where she is accepting new patients with Parkinson’s disease, Hungtington’s disease, tremor, dystonia, restless legs syndrome and tics. She also sees patients one day per week at the Albany Medical Center multispecialty clinic in Malta.

Dr. Durphy’s special interests include the neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders, as well as botulinum toxin injections for dystonia. 

Dzintra Celmins, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Celmins specializes in cognitive neurology primarily treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and general memory impairment.  She completed her neurology residency training as well as a fellowship in behavioral neurology/movement disorders at Albany Medical Center. As the clinical co-director of the Alzheimer’s Center, Dr. Celmins is dedicated to studying the brain and accentuating the importance of early detection, diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders. For patients already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Dr. Celmins offers medical and emotional support: “I try to explain to my patients and their families what their condition is and how to manage it. My research also helps me better investigate their neurological conditions,” she says.

Dr. Celmins plays an important role in the continuing research of the Neurosciences Advanced Imaging Research Center. Alongside her colleague, Dr. Zimmerman, she conducts clinical trials to help find ways to slow down the progression and eventually prevent these neurological diseases. Dr. Celmins’ comprehensive training is an impressive feat, in addition to her fluency in three languages: Russian, Latvian, and English.

Anne Barba, PhD

Anne Barba, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology

Anne L. Barba, PhD, specializes in cognitive evaluations of adult neurological cases. The evaluations are important for many reasons, including to determine if a patient is a candidate for surgery, or if they can live independently and manage their medications appropriately. Dr. Barba’s work embodies the unique team approach that Albany Medical Center’s Neurosciences Institute is known for. She works collaboratively with fellow neurologists and neurosurgeons to refine diagnoses, finalize treatment plans, and maximize patient safety. In addition to treating patients, she also participates in clinical and basic research with a focus on movement disorders.

Dr. Barba received her Ph.D. in psychology and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center and her post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Albany Medical Center. She is an associate professor and is also actively involved in teaching graduate students from the community who are interested in a career in neuropsychology.

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