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Brian Berman, MD, MS

Brian Berman, MD, MS

out of 5
109 Ratings
16 Comments

Specialty

Movement Disorders
Neurology

Department

Neurology

Locations

Ambulatory Care Center

417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Short Pump Pavilion

11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233
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Education

Medical School

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Internship

University of California San Francisco Medical Center

Residency

University of California San Francisco Medical Center

Fellowship

National Institutes of Health, Human Motor Control Section

Biography

A neurologist who believes in the power of positivity

Dr. Brian D. Berman’s first piece of advice for patients with movement disorders: Stay positive.

Dr. Berman, director of VCU’s Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, also says using humor is an important part of his work in helping patients accept, improve, and cope with disorders that are often chronic and disabling.

He treats people with Parkinson’s Disease, which causes tremors and difficulty with movement in patients. He also treats people with other kinds of tremor, restless legs syndrome, dystonia (which involves involuntary muscle contractions), chorea (repetitive irregular movements) and ataxia, which can entail a lack of balance or coordination.

“When you’ve seen one patient with a movement disorder, you’ve seen just one patient with a movement disorder,” Dr. Berman says. “Every one of my patients is unique, and their care plan needs to be tailored to suit their particular needs, health, and goals in life.”

Affable and enthusiastic, Dr. Berman works to empower patients and their families by bringing them into the decision-making process in their care. Treating movement disorders requires rehabilitation, drug and non-drug therapy and sometimes surgery.

Having a team of providers from many disciplines is also crucial in providing the best possible patient-centered care, Dr. Berman says.

“Advances in our understanding of and ability to treat movement disorders are taking place at an incredibly fast pace,” he says. “To be successful in providing the highest quality of care to our patients, it is essential to stay current on new findings and treatment approaches in the field.”

Dr. Berman has served as a lead author or co-author on dozens of peer-reviewed articles in the neuroscience field. He has also given many lectures and presentations on movement disorders, including at symposiums sponsored by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation as well as The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Through his research, Dr. Berman hopes to provide physicians with ways to better diagnose and treat patients with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. He also has an eye on the future of leadership in academic medicine and is enthusiastic about preparing future leaders through the education and training of medical students, neurology residents and movement disorder fellows. He is also currently serving as co-chair of the Education Roadmap Program of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology’s Clinical Research Subcommittee.

Before he came to VCU, Dr. Berman was a professor of neurology, psychiatry and radiology at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus. He further served as the associate director of research at the University of Colorado’s Movement Disorders Center.

The biggest draw to coming to Richmond was the diverse and welcoming VCU community, he says.

“The particular focus on developing neuroscience research here was especially appealing,” Dr. Berman says. “To be able to work closely with a uniquely engaged and incredibly supportive local philanthropic community was also extremely appealing.”

In addition to enjoying time with his kids and wife, Dr. Berman is an avoid outdoorsman, across all terrains (and bodies of water), with interests that include scuba diving, hiking, rafting, snowboarding, biking and camping.
 

Advice to patients: “Stay positive. I believe in the power of positivity and its link to improved outcomes and better health and quality of life.”

Research Interests: Advanced brain imaging methods to better understand Parkinson’s disease and dystonia and non-invasive neurostimulation strategies to study those disorders. He also has interest in deep sleep disruptions in Parkinson’s patients and whether these disruptions lead to accelerated cognitive decline.

Ratings & Reviews

109 Ratings
16 Comments

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I would recommend Dr. Berman - He is excellent!
October 2022
Dr. Berman is an amazing doctor.
September 2022
Dr. Berman remembered my brother was ill and ask me about him. I was impressed he remembered since he hadn't seen me in 3 months.
July 2022
He took us early and spent a great deal of time with us. Very unhurried.
June 2022
Excellent doctor! This was my first visit.
May 2022
I have Parkinson. The doctor was very thorough.
March 2022
Wonderful doctor!
March 2022
Dr. Berman is an amazing doctor. . . . . Patient and caring as well as extremely knowledgable.
March 2022
He's one of the very best! I'm very fortunate that I have Dr. Berman.
March 2022
Dr. Berman is the best neurologist I have ever met and one of the best doctors. He listens to everyone and tries to understand the situation. Then, he does something to make it better.
January 2022
Exceptional physician
October 2021
A+ service.
July 2021
Dr. Berman was very helpful and we were able to include other family members in our virtual visit.
May 2021
Excellent experience! Very impressive -
May 2021
Had a good experience - need more information about my condition.
February 2021
Good appointment.
January 2021