Kathleen Poston, MD

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Since 2009, Dr. Poston has held a faculty position at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Poston’s research focuses on the development of novel neuroimaging biomarkers to improve diagnostic accuracy and monitor the efficacy of investigational treatments for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Her current studies focus on cognitive and memory problems in people with Parkinson’s disease. She has been awarded grant funding by the NIH and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research. She is co-investigator for the Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Center, which is funded by the National Institute for Aging and focuses on early cognitive problems in both Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. She is also co-investigator for the NINDS funded Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research.

Dr. Poston completed her Neurology residency training at UCSF, where she was Chief Resident. She also completed a fellowship in clinical movement disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Stanley Fahn at Columbia University and post-doctoral research training in functional neuroimaging with Dr. David Eidelberg at the Feinstein Institute. Dr. Poston received her bachelor of science in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, her master’s degree in biomedical engineering and her MD at Vanderbilt University where she also received the Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology.