Christopher Way

Christopher Way, Dr.

Christopher Way, DO is a board certified neurologist specializing in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in Neuroscience, his medical degree from Touro University in Vallejo, CA and completed his residency in Neurology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. He went on to complete a 2-year fellowship training in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the Portland VA Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University in 2018.

Dr. Way is an advanced practitioner in deep brain stimulation programming with both Medtronic and the newer directional St. Jude Infinity systems for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. He has expertise in botulinum toxin injections with and without EMG guidance for cervical, craniofacial and limb dystonia, blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm, spasticity, and chronic migraine. He has experience in treating rare genetic movement disorders including spinocerebellar ataxias, primary torsion dystonias, myoclonus-dystonia, and neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation. 

Dr. Way’s passion lies in caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease. His first exposure to Parkinson’s disease was when his was father was diagnosed with PD in his 40’s. Dr. Way’s father was a patient of Dr. James Tetrud at the Parkinson’s Institute in the early 1990’s and his family’s positive experience with the Parkinson’s Institute was a critical factor in his decision to return to the PI as a physician decades later. Dr. Way is committed to the interdisciplinary team based approach to patient care and research that the Parkinson’s Institute is known for.

Dr. Way’s research has focused on blood pressure fluctuations in Parkinson’s disease and the specificity of a radiologic sign known as the ‘hot cross bun’ sign for an atypical form of parkinsonism known as multiple system atrophy.

In his spare time, he enjoys camping, crossfit, snowboarding, and mountain biking. Now that he is back in the Bay Area, he is looking forward to return to the Lake Tahoe ski resorts that he skied when growing up.

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