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Dr. Michael Okun


Written By: Sophia Karnegis

moIMPACT Profile
Dr. Michael S. Okun currently works as a professor of neurology at the University of Florida. He also serves as co-director for the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration at the University of Florida. He is internationally known for his work as both a neurologist and researcher. Earlier this year, the White House recognized Okun for his findings on Parkinson’s disease and honored him as a Champion of Change. With this recognition, Okun hopes Washington will become better acquainted with the research at UF Health along with the many charities he’s involved in. Okun is the national medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation, in which he has received support though grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Smallwood Foundation, the Tourette Syndrome Association, The Parkinson Alliance, the Bachmann-Strauss Foundation, the National Parkinson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Greatest IMPACT
As the national medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation, the medical advisor for Tyler’s Hope and the co-chair of the Tourette Syndrome Association, Okun has made an impact in several ways. He believes his greatest accomplishment to date is his involvement in the UF Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.

IMPACT Passion
Okun has shown immense passion for helping others. He has achieved great success in the medical field because of his devotion to serving others. Okun is working to help different countries develop well-equipped, comprehensive centers for neurological disorders.

IMPACT Expectations
Okun expects Gainesville to continue on its path as a hub for first-class medical treatment serving patients across the globe. He is most excited about new start-up technologies and innovations that will improve the quality of life for patients suffering from various diseases.

Surprise IMPACT
Although Okun is passionate about his work as a neurologist, his first love was history. As a child, he wanted to become a history teacher.

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