Patricia Kavanagh, MD -  - Neurologist

Patricia Kavanagh, MD

Neurologist located in Brooklyn, NY

Parkinson's Disease Specialist

Dr. Patricia Kavanagh is a board certified neurologist with subspecialty training in movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. She cares for patients who live or work in or near Downtown Brooklyn, New York, across from Borough Hall.

Parkinson's Disease Q & A

Do I Have Parkinson’s Disease?

Most people with Parkinson’s have tremors but some do not-- and most people with tremor do not have Parkinson’s! (See our related section on tremor.)  The diagnosis of Parkinson’s rests on having two or more of these signs: slow movements, rigidity, balance problems, and tremor at rest.    There can be other symptoms and signs, such as a change in facial expression, voice or handwriting.  Parkinson’s disease tends to present slowly, with the most common age of diagnosis around age 60.  With proper medical management of symptoms, most people Parkinson’s can remain productive and active for many years.  

What are some Other Problems with Parkinson’s?

People with Parkinson’s may have problems with balance, coordination (such as buttoning buttons), and digestion.  They may have excess sweating or blood pressure fluctuations.  They may have changes in vision, nightmares or hallucinations and some people develop memory problems or depression.  Because each of these problems may have other causes, Dr. Kavanagh works closely with the patient and his or her primary doctor to determine the cause and offer the best treatment for these non-motor symptoms.

How is Parkinson's Disease Treated?

First, the diagnosis must be confirmed: by repeat examination, by blood tests and brain imaging to rule out other causes. Dr. Kavanagh’s approach is that every patient’s therapy must be individualized. There are three components:  

  1. Medication to replace dopamine and the other neurotransmitters that are not working correctly;
  2. Treatment of the non-motor symptoms with medication and non-pharmacological methods;
  3. Lifestyle management to optimize physical and mental health.   

When surgery is an option, Dr. Kavanagh provides education, counseling, and coordination with the surgical team. People with Parkinson’s may have fairly long periods of stable health, but when there is a change the patient needs to be seen promptly. Dr. Kavanagh is accessible to patients when they need more frequent visits to adjust a medication or address a new symptom.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

We accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Jody if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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1199SEIU
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Cigna
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Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
GHI
Medicare
Oxford Liberty/Freedom
United Healthcare
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Location
Patricia Kavanagh, MD
44 Court Street, Suite 907
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 914-227-2623
Fax: (718) 403-9855
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914-227-2623

Patricia Kavanagh, MD
44 Court Street
Suite 907
Brooklyn, NY 11201