Sotirios Parashos - MD, PhD

Sotirios Parashos - MD, PhD

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My Areas of Practice

Neurology, with subspecialty training and interest in Parkinson's disease and related disorders, and movement disorders, such as dystonia, spasmodic torticollis, tremor

General Information

Gender: Male

Practicing Since: 1992

Accepting New Patients: Yes

Additional Languages
  • Greek

Practices at

Park Nicollet Specialty Center 3931
3931 Louisiana Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Methodist Hospital
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Struthers Parkinsons Center
6701 Country Club Dr.
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Education & Certifications

Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
1999, 2009

PhD: Aristotle University
Thessaloniki Greece

Fellowship: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Movement Disorders
Rochester, MN

Residency: University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Internship: St. Paul Ramsey Hospital
Transitional Internship
St. Paul, MN

Fellowship: National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Experimental Therapeutics
Bethesda, MD

ECFMG Certification: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

MD: Aristotle University
Medical Degree
Thessaloniki Greece

Research & Publications

My research into Parkinson's disease focuses on non-dopa-responsive symptoms such as falls and cognitive dysfunction, the natural progression of Parkinson's disease, and the role of the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary care in the management of Parkinson's disease. I have co-authored 56 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, a book on Navigating Life with Parkinson Disease (part of the American Academy of Neurology’s Neurology Now series), and I often give lectures on Parkinson's disease to professional and lay audiences.

Recent publications:

Parashos SA. Parkinson's disease physiotherapy: specialisation adds value. Lancet Neurol. 2017 Dec 12. pii: S1474-4422(17)30437-4. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(17)30437-4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29246469.

Chou KL, Elm JJ, Wielinski CL, Simon DK, Aminoff MJ, Christine CW, Liang GS, Hauser RA, Sudarsky L, Umeh CC, Voss T, Juncos J, Fang JY, Boyd JT, Bodis-Wollner I, Mari Z, Morgan JC, Wills AM, Lee SL, Parashos SA; NINDS NET-PD Investigators. Factors associated with falling in early, treated Parkinson's disease: The NET-PD LS1 cohort. J Neurol Sci. 2017 Jun 15;377:137-143.

Wills AA, Elm JJ, Ye R, Chou KL, Parashos SA, Hauser RA, Bodis-Wollner I, Hinson VK, Christine CW, Schneider JS; NINDS NET-PD Investigators. Cognitive function in 1736 participants in NINDS Exploratory Trials in PD Long-term Study-1. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2016 Dec;33:127-133.

Shulman LM, Armstrong M, Ellis T, Gruber-Baldini A, Horak F, Nieuwboer A, Parashos S, Post B, Rogers M, Siderowf A, Goetz CG, Schrag A, Stebbins GT, Martinez-Martin P. Disability Rating Scales in Parkinson’s Disease: Critique and Recommendations. Mov Disord 2016 Oct;31(10):1455-1465.

Bega D, Luo S, Fernandez H, Chou K, Aminoff M, Parashos S, Walker H, Russell DS, Christine CW, Dhall R, Singer C, Bodis-Wollner I, Hamill R, Truong D, Mari Z, Glazmann S, Huang M, Houston E, Simuni T. Impact of Depression on Progression of Impairment and Disability in Early Parkinson's Disease. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2015 Dec;2(4):371-378.

Writing Group for the NINDS Exploratory Trials in Parkinson Disease (NET-PD) Investigators, Kieburtz K, Tilley BC, Elm JJ, Babcock D, Hauser R, Ross GW, Augustine AH, Augustine EU, Aminoff MJ, Bodis-Wollner IG, Boyd J, Cambi F, Chou K, Christine CW, Cines M, Dahodwala N, Derwent L, Dewey RB Jr, Hawthorne K, Houghton DJ, Kamp C, Leehey M, Lew MF, Liang GS, Luo ST, Mari Z, Morgan JC, Parashos S, Pérez A, Petrovitch H, Rajan S, Reichwein S, Roth JT, Schneider JS, Shannon KM, Simon DK, Simuni T, Singer C, Sudarsky L, Tanner CM, Umeh CC, Williams K, Wills AM. Effect of creatine monohydrate on clinical progression in patients with Parkinson disease: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2015 Feb 10;313(6):584-93.

Parashos SA, Elm J, Boyd JT, Chou KL, Dai L, Mari Z, Morgan JC, Sudarsky L, Wielinski CL. Validation of an Ambulatory Capacity Measure in Parkinson Disease: A Construct Derived from the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale. J Parkinsons Dis. 2015;5(1):67-73.

Parashos SA, Luo S, Biglan KM, Bodis-Wollner I, He B, Liang GS, Ross GW, Tilley BC, Shulman LM; NET-PD Investigators. Measuring Disease Progression in Early Parkinson Disease: The National Institutes of Health Exploratory Trials in Parkinson Disease (NET-PD) Experience. JAMA Neurol. 2014 Jun 1;71(6):710-6. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.391. PubMed PMID: 24711047.

Nicholas AP, Borgohain R, Chaná P, Surmann E, Thompson EL, Bauer L, Whitesides J, Elmer LW; SP921 Study Investigators. A randomized study of rotigotine dose response on 'off' time in advanced Parkinson's disease. J Parkinsons Dis. 2014;4(3):361-73. doi: 10.3233/JPD-130320. PubMed PMID: 24643203.

Parkinson Study Group SURE-PD Investigators, Schwarzschild MA, Ascherio A, Beal MF, Cudkowicz ME, Curhan GC, Hare JM, Hooper DC, Kieburtz KD, Macklin EA, Oakes D, Rudolph A, Shoulson I, Tennis MK, Espay AJ, Gartner M, Hung A, Bwala G, Lenehan R, Encarnacion E, Ainslie M, Castillo R, Togasaki D, Barles G, Friedman JH, Niles L, Carter JH, Murray M, Goetz CG, Jaglin J, Ahmed A, Russell DS, Cotto C, Goudreau JL, Russell D, Parashos SA, Ede P, Saint-Hilaire MH, Thomas CA, James R, Stacy MA, Johnson J, Gauger L, Antonelle de Marcaida J, Thurlow S, Isaacson SH, Carvajal L, Rao J, Cook M, Hope-Porche C, McClurg L, Grasso DL, Logan R, Orme C, Ross T, Brocht AF, Constantinescu R, Sharma S, Venuto C, Weber J, Eaton K. Inosine to increase serum and cerebrospinal fluid urate in Parkinson disease: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Neurol. 2014 Feb;71(2):141-50. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.5528. PubMed PMID: 24366103; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3940333.

Professional Associations & Awards

Member, American Academy of Neurology

Member, Movement Disorders Society

2014 Health Partners President’s Award of Excellence (Team Award for the Struthers Parkinson's Center team members)

2014 Annual Gamson Lecturer, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Department of Neurology

2013 Paul M. Silverstein Award of Community Service in Parkinson’s disease

Investigator, Parkinson Study Group

Investigator, Quality Improvement Initiative, Parkinson's Foundation

Member, Parkinson’s Disease Measure Development Work Group, Quality Measurement and Reporting Sub-Committee, American Academy of Neurology

Member, Community Advisory Board, Struthers Parkinson’s Center, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital


I enjoy classical music, spending time with family and friends, travel, studying history, and woodworking