The Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center (PADRECC) at Philadelphia VA Medical Center serves as only one of six nationwide referral centers in the VA providing comprehensive care to patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other movement disorders. Read more about the national PADRECC program.
In addition to clinical services, the PADRECCs are dedicated to advancing national awareness and outreach through educational programs for patients, families and healthcare professionals. They also promote breakthrough research by performing studies on all features of PD. For example, the six sites are currently performing a large, national study examining the effects of Deep Brain Stimulation. Deep Brain Stimulation is an FDA approved surgical procedure that alleviates the symptoms of PD by implanting electrodes in the brain, which are connected to a stimulator device implanted over the ribcage.
The PADRECC teams are considered leaders in the fields of PD and related movement disorders. They are composed of expert neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses and researchers as well as consulting clinicians from various fields of healthcare. This structure allows all aspects of PD to be addressed at every visit.
The Center specializes in applying advanced surgical techniques to the treatment of:
The Philadelphia PADRECC prides itself on comprehensive clinical care. It provides "one stop shopping", meaning that a wide variety of services are available on site. These include:
In addition, the Philadelphia PADRECC can provide referrals through the VA system for physical, occupational and speech therapy, wheelchairs, walkers, and other services to ensure complete therapeutic care. The PADRECC team is willing to work with your private neurologist and/or become your primary PD care providers.
The Philadelphia PADRECC is actively involved in both local and national educational initiatives for patients, families and clinicians. These programs include, but are not limited to:
The Philadelphia PADRECC also houses an Education Room for patients and families to use while visiting the Medical Center. Please see our Activity Calendar for upcoming PADRECC events.
The key to discovering new ways to control, delay and eventually cure PD is by testing new therapies and theories. The Philadelphia PADRECC performs research in the following areas:
The Philadelphia PADRECC is proudly affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania's Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Pennsylvania Hospital.
How do I make an appointment at the PADRECC?
Patients Currently Registered in the VA Healthcare System:
If you are currently registered in the VA Healthcare System, you can simply call the Philadelphia PADRECC at 215-823-5934 to schedule an appointment. You do not need a referral from your VA primary care provider. Appointments are typically scheduled in a one-month timeframe.
Individuals Not Yet Registered in the VA Healthcare System:
Unfortunately, the Philadelphia PADRECC can only evaluate individuals currently enrolled in the VA Healthcare System. Please contact your local VA Medical Center registration and/or eligibility office for further information. You can also visit the web at www.va.gov. The PADRECC is more than willing to answer any of your questions however, will not be able to register you in the system. Feel free to call us at 215-823-5934.
Who is Eligible for Care at the PADRECC?
The PADRECC offers care to any veteran currently enrolled in the VA Healthcare system. This includes veterans who have been previously diagnosed with PD or veterans who have just started to notice Parkinson-like symptoms. We also treat veterans who have been diagnosed with other movement disorders, such as essential tremor.