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Albany Musician Featured in Albany Med Advertising Campaign

ALBANY, N.Y., March 11, 2013—Robert Girouard, a professional drummer and music industry writer from Albany, is appearing in Albany Medical Center’s current multimedia advertising campaign promoting its neurological services.

Girouard, 60, underwent a leading-edge treatment known as deep brain stimulation (DBS) at Albany Med to treat his worsening symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a progressive and disabling condition that causes problems with movement including shaking, stiffness and loss of muscle control.

DBS involves the implantation of an electrode in the area of the brain that controls movement. The electrode is then connected to a battery in the chest, much like a pacemaker. Girouard was treated by Julie Pilitsis, Ph.D., M.D., the region’s only neurosurgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in DBS, and neurologist Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, M.D., a specialist in Parkinson’s Disease and movement disorders.

DBS transformed Girouard’s life. He resumed drumming and recently reunited with his band Urban Gumbo.

Girouard appears in TV commercials and print ads that ask, “Who Gave Bob his Beat Back? The Answer is Albany Med.”

To speak with Girouard, please contact Albany Med Public Relations at 518-262-3421 or email Sue Ford at

Learn more about Girouard’s story and those of other neurological patients successfully treated at Albany Med on our website.

Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: or


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