Ken Nakamura, MD, PhD


Dr. Ken Nakamura is a neurologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with Parkinson's disease at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic. He also runs a research laboratory at the Gladstone Institutes, where he investigates how disruptions of mitochondria — the "power centers" of cells that convert nutrients into energy — contribute to the development and progression of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Nakamura earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biological sciences from Cornell University, and a medical degree and Ph.D in neurobiology from the University of Chicago. His thesis work focused on the role of oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. Nakamura then completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at UCSF, as well as a clinical fellowship in movement disorders at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He also completed a research fellowship at UCSF.

Nakamura has received several awards, including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists.


Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2273
Fax: (415) 353-2898

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 2001


UCSF Medical Center 2005


UCSF Medical Center