G. Frederick Wooten Jr., MD - Neurology

Dr. G. Frederick Wooten reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Wooten is Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Neurology at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville. He is actively involved in research and has served as principal or co-investigator for a number of studies involving Parkinson's Disease and Huntington's Disease. Dr. Wooten is a member of the Parkinson Study Group, which conducts clinical studies on the treatment of the disease and publishes the results.

Since 1994, Dr. Wooten has served as Director of the American Parkinson Disease Association's Advanced Center for Parkinson's Research at the University of Virginia. He is a well-known author and lecturer on Parkinson's Disease and other neurological problems and serves on the editorial board of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. He is the principal investigator for Udall Center for Research in Parkinson's Disease (NINDS) at the University of Virginia.

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Parkinson's Disease


M.D.: Cornell University Medical College, New York, 1970
Internship in Internal Medicine: H.C. Moffitt, University of California Hospitals, San Francisco, 1970 - 1971
Fellowship: National Institutes of Mental Health Section on Pharmacology, 1971 - 1974
Residency in Neurology: New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, 1974 - 1976

Academic/Hospital Appointments

Instructor in Neurobiology and Neurology, Cornell University Medical College, 1976 - 1977
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis:
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology, 1977 - 1980
  • Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, 1978 - 1982
  • Associate Professor of Neurology, 1980 - 1982
University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville:
  • Professor of Neurology, 1982 - present
  • Acting Chairman, Dept. of Neuroscience, 1985 - 1986
  • Chairman, Dept. of Neurology, 1989 - present

Selected Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Neurological Association
American Parkinson Disease Association
Association of University Professors of Neurology
Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Selected Publications

  1. Parkinson Study Group (1996). Impact of deprenyl and tocopherol treatment on Parkinson's disease in DATATOP subjects not requiring levodopa. Annals of Neurology 39: 29 - 36.
  2. Parkinson Study Group (1996). Impact of deprenyl and tocopherol treatment on Parkinson's disease in DATATOP subjects requiring levodopa. Annals of Neurology 39: 37 - 45.
  3. Currie LJ, Bennett JP, Harrison MB, et al. (1997). Clinical correlates of sleep benefit in Parkinson's disease. Neurology 48: 1115 - 1117.
  4. Kieburtz K and the Parkinson Study Group (1997). Safety and efficacy of Pramipexole in early Parkinson's disease. JAMA 278: 125 - 130.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

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