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Kristin Andruska

Kristin Andruska, MD, PhD

Movement Disorders Specialist

Dr. Andruska is a board-certified neurologist who completed her Fellowship in Movement Disorders at Stanford University. She has expertise in the use of botulinum toxin and deep brain stimulation and is committed to the lifelong care of those with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. She completed her Neurology Residency at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also served as the Chief Resident of Education. She was the recipient of the Irwin Levy Prize for Teaching and the Abdullah M. Nassief Award for Neurology.

She attended the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, graduating from its prestigious Medical Scientist Training Program with both an MD and PhD. Her research in neurobiology focused on disease models of spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA1) in the lab of Dr. Harry Orr, a world-renowned researcher credited with discovering the genetic abnormality causing the disease – a seminal discovery that has had wide-reaching impact in our understanding of neurodegenerative disorders. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Andruska also has significant research experience in Parkinson’s disease. While at Washington University, she focused on two important projects. First, analyzing where alpha-synuclein, the major constituent protein of Lewy Bodies, localizes in the brains of people with Parkinson’s. And second, using sophisticated genetic techniques and population analysis, identifying which genetic variants influence Parkinson’s risk, onset, and progression.

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