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Parkinson & Other Movement Disorders Center's
Fellows and Students

Our center offers one year sub-specialty training in Movement Disorders and an optional second year for research training to clinicians with residency training in Neurology. We also offer research fellowships in movement disorders to scientists from different backgrounds. Find out more about our fellowship.

2021-2022 Clinical Fellows


  • Kristy Hwang, M.D. Research Post Doc Fellow

    Kristy Hwang, M.D. Research Post Doc Fellow

    Dr. Hwang was born and raised in Los Angeles and completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA with a BS in biochemistry. She then conducted research at the UCLA Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Center evaluating imaging and genetic biomarkers for several years before going to medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan. Before becoming a movement disorders clinical fellow here at UCSD, she completed a 4-year neurology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her current research interest include studying different neuroimaging techniques as potential biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Robert T. Hess, M.D. PGY5

    Robert T. Hess, M.D. PGY5

    Dr. Hess was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He then completed his undergraduate studies in history and pre-health studies at the University of Notre Dame . For medical school, he attended Rush Medical College. Dr. Hess then completed his neurology residency at the University of California, San Diego serving as chief resident his final year. His past research projects include immunohistochemical staining of corticospinal neurons and dorsal root ganglia in SOD-1 mouse models of ALS at Northwestern University as well as end-of-life care in patients with atypical parkinsonism disorders at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Mick Reedy M.D. PGY5

    Mick Reedy M.D. PGY5

    Dr. Reedy completed his undergraduate education in neuroscience at Macalester College before entering medical school at University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his internship and neurology residency at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served as chief resident.

 2022-2023 International Visiting Scholars 

  • Hamidreza Ghodsi, M.D.

    Hamidreza Ghodsi, M.D.

    Dr. Ghodsi, graduated as a medical doctor from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran, and completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center of Excellence in Clinical Research in the same University, during which he advances his research skills, including statistical analysis, research methodology, and scientific writing. From the early years of medical school, he was astonished by various neuroscience topics to the point that after engaging in the clinical clerkship rounds, he became committed to pursing neurology for his future career. Dr. Ghodsi's doctoral thesis was a nine-month randomized controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of nano- Curcumin in patient with Parkinson's Disease, a potential disease modifying-agent whose efficacy had been demonstrated on animal models. His current research interest is primarily focused on the analysis of contributors to the PD progression and state-of-the-art clinical trials of patients with different parkinsonian disorders. He enjoys watching TV shows and movies with his family, playing piano, and Forex trading in his spare time.
  • Nahid Olfati, M.D.

    Nahid Olfati, M.D.

    Dr. Olfati attended medical school at Tabriz Medical university where she also took courses in the field of health care management and evidence based medicine. She completed her neurology residency at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (MUMS) with a special interest on the field of movement and neurodegenerative disorders. After finishing residency, Dr. Olfati started to work at MUMS as an assistant professor of neurology and served as neurology residency program director. She is interested to pursue her research in the field of etiopathogenesis and biomarkers of atypical Parkinsonian Disorders.