Michael Aminoff, MD, DSc, FRCP

Director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic

Dr. Michael J. Aminoff is an internationally recognized neurologist and expert in diagnosing and treating Parkinson's disease. His work focuses on treating Parkinson's disease, particularly issues involving movement and cognition, such as memory disturbances, perception and judgment.

Aminoff was born and educated in England, graduating from University College London in 1962 and from University College Hospital Medical School in 1965. He subsequently trained in neurology and neurophysiology at The National Hospital (Queen Square) in London, and in 1974 moved to UCSF where he has been a professor of neurology since 1982. He was director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratories at UCSF until 2004, when he became executive vice chair of the department. He also directs the Parkinson's Disease Clinic and Research Center, a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.

Aminoff is the author of over 225 published medical or scientific articles, as well as the author or editor of some 29 books. His published scientific contributions led to the award of a Doctorate in Science, an advanced doctorate in the Faculty of Science, by the University of London in 2000. He is one of two editors-in-chief of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (2nd edition, Academic Press, 2014), and one of the series editors of the multi-volume Handbook of Clinical Neurology (Elsevier). He was editor-in-chief of the journal Muscle & Nerve from 1998 to 2007 and serves on numerous other editorial boards. He was a director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for eight years, and chair of the board in 2011.

Aminoff received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine in 2006, and the A.B. Baker Award of the American Academy of Neurology, for lifetime achievements and contributions to medical education, in 2007.

He is married and has three children, one a pediatric rheumatologist, another a federal defense attorney and the third an assistant district attorney.


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.

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University of London 1965


University College Hospital Medical School, United Kingdom, Neurology 1972

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Aminoff MJ. Future of Neurologic Examination in Clinical Practice-Reply. JAMA Neurol. 2018 Mar 01; 75(3):384.
  2. Aminoff MJ, Boller F, Swaab DF. Foreword. Handb Clin Neurol. 2018; 147:vii.
  3. Aminoff MJ, Boller F, Swaab DF. Foreword. Handb Clin Neurol. 2018; 148:vii.

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