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Movement disorders neurologist joins Northwell


Alessandro Di Rocco, MD, has been appointed as Northwell Health's director of the Movement Disorders Program. He will also serve as professor of neurology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

"Dr. Di Rocco's clinical expertise in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders will be a tremendous asset to our neurological team," said Souhel Najjar, MD, Northwell Health's senior vice president and executive director of neurology. "Under his leadership, Dr. Di Rocco will further enhance the health system's standing as the top regional destination for the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders."

Dr. Di Rocco most recently served as the founding director of the NYU Langone Medical Center's Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson's and Movement Disorders. He also served in several academic roles at NYU School of Medicine, including founders professor of neurology, an endowed professorship in Parkinson's disease and professor of neurology. Dr. Di Rocco has secured numerous grants to study Parkinson's and movement disorders, highlighted by the $25 million he helped secure to fund the Fresco Institute.

Prior to NYU, Dr. Di Rocco served as an attending neurologist at Beth Israel Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital, as well as an assistant attending neurologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center and assistant professor of neurology at the hospital's medical school.

Dr. Di Rocco, who earned his medical degree at the Universita' di Genova, Facolta' di Medicina e Chirurgia, in Genova, Italy, went on to complete his postgraduate training – including a residency in neurology – at the University of Pavia in Italy. He followed that with a second neurology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident. While at Mount Sinai, Dr. Di Rocco completed two fellowships in movement disorders and geriatric neurology. At SUNY Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, Dr. Di Rocco also completed an internship in internal medicine.

Dr. Di Rocco has received grants from a number of private and public organizations, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and has led numerous research studies and clinical trials. He serves on the board of directors of the Parkinson's Foundation and was past-president of the Melvin Yahr International Parkinson's Foundation.

He is currently on the organizing committee of the World Congress of the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, and has served on national and many international medical and scientific committees. He also serves on the editorial board of the publication Neurodegenerative Disease Management, and has also served on the board of numerous other publications including the Journal of Neural Transmission, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, the American Journal of Clinical Neurology, the European Neurological Journal and Advances in Parkinson's Disease.

To make an appointment with Dr. Di Rocco, please call 516-325-7000.

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