Melanie Brandabur, MD received her BA degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana and her MD degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. She completed her neurology residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukeís Medical Center in Chicago. While there, she completed a Fellowship in Movement Disorders and Pharmacology under the direction of Doctors Harold Klawans and Christopher Goetz. This was followed by a post-doctoral basic sciences Fellowship in Neurodegenerative Diseases with Dr. Elliott Mufson to examine changes in nitric oxide synthase in the brains of patients with Parkinsonís and Alzheimerís diseases. She also studied at the Hospital de la Salpetriere in Paris, France under Dr. Yves Agid.
While in Chicago, she served as the medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence Movement Disorders Center, first at the University of Illinois and then at Alexian Neurosciences Institute.
Dr. Brandabur has over 16 years of experience caring for patients with PD and related disorders. Her philosophy of patient care arises from her strong beliefs in patient education and a multidisciplinary approach to PD treatment.
In July of 2006, she joined the faculty at The Parkinsonís Institute in Sunnyvale, California as the director of the outpatient clinic for Parkinsonís disease and other movement disorders. Dr Brandaburís interests include multidisciplinary care, patient education, underserved populations and caregiver support. She lectures frequently on these and other aspects of PD including complementary therapies, cognitive issues and nonmotor symptoms.
Dr. Brandaburís clinic staff describes her as an approachable person who places a high priority on communication with patients, family members and staff. Dr. Brandabur makes good use of her wide and varied experience and ensures that patients leave the clinic with all of their questions answered. She is especially talented with new patients for this reason.
Dr. Brandaburís interests outside of her professional life focus on her two children and her extended family. She enjoys cooking, art, music, reading and travel. She is an enthusiastic but very slow knitter. Her ability to multi-task and her extreme patience is greatly appreciated in her personal and professional life. She speaks conversational French.