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Dr. Andres Deik

Beth Israel Medical Center
10 Union square East

Brief Biography:

My name is Andres F. Deik, MD, and I am a neurologist and a current movement disorders fellow at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. My interest in movement disorders evolved from a generalized one in academic research in the early stages of my education to the field of neurology and neurological research during medical school. It then crystallized in an interest in treating people with movement disorders during my neurology residency also at Beth Israel Medical Center.

My first exposure to research was after I was awarded a highly competitive travel grant to study molecular biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, where I became interested in basic science research. Shortly aftered I was the recepient of a scholarship and enrolled in medical school in my native Colombia. My interest in clinical research developed in my doctoral thesis which identified factors involved in the development of hemodialysis related hypotension. After graduation, and with aspirations to learn about translational research in neuroscience, I had the fortune to join the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, where I collaborated in a research project that validated an in vitro model model of post-traumatic gliosis.

I first became involved in clinical research related to Neurology during my internship in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel, where I  published a case study in collaboration with the Hematology and Oncology Department on a supraclavicular extraskeletal myxioid chondrosarcoma presenting with a paraneoplastic sensory-motor polyneuropathy, as well as an abstract on the natural history of Progressive Bulbar Palsy.

Beginning my neurology residency solidified my passion for the subspecialty of movement disorders, and I have been engaged in several clinical research projects since. I conducted a pilot study investigating the occurrence of late onset dystonia in essential tremor, and biomarkers in dystonia evaluating role of spatial discrimination threshold abnormalities in DYT6 dystonia gene mutation carriers. I also prepared and presented two abstracts on the relationship between tremor and dystonia; one addressing the controversial question of whether cervical dystonia with hand tremor is a distinct phenotype from both cervical dystonia or essential tremor, while the other investigated the differences in associated symptoms between cervical dystonia and essential tremor with neck involvement.  Clinically, I had an excellent performance as a resident and was appointed Chief resident in 2010.

As a movement disorders fellow, I am currently involved in several projects on neurogenetics and phenomenology of Parkinson's disease and dystonia. I have also recently been awarded the American Medical Association's Leadership award, which I will have the honor of receiving in Washington D.C. in February 2012.

As I move forward in my carreer, I look forward to continue to participate in academic medicine and am honored to be part of WebmedCentral.com and its committment in becoming an accessible, accurate and reliable resource for scientists across the globe.

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Academic positions:

Internal Medicine House Staff 2007 - 2008

Neurology Resident 2008 - 2011

Neurology Chief Resident 2010 - 2011

Fellow in Movement Disorders 2011 - present


Research interests:

My research interests include neurogenetics, epidemiology and phenomenology of movement disorders.


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