Bethlehem News

Published on November 2nd, 2018

St. Luke’s Movement Disorders Center Welcomes Three New Specialists

St. Luke’s University Health Network announces the addition of three new fellowship-trained movement disorder specialists. They have joined neurologist Nancy L. Diaz-Pichar, M.D., and functional neurosurgeon Steven M. Falowski, M.D., at St. Luke’s Movement Disorder Center.

About St. Luke’s Movement Disorder Center

St. Luke’s movement disorder specialists diagnose and treat the full spectrum of movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, Huntington’s disease, essential tremor, gait disorders, tic disorders like Tourette’s syndrome, and other conditions. St. Luke’s has been a regional leader in movement disorders and was first in our area to offer deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. St. Luke’s continues to perform the most DBS procedures in the region.

The multidisciplinary team includes rehabilitation therapists, neuropsychologists, advanced practitioners, nurses, a sleep specialist and social workers who collaborate to provide personalized care, progressive treatments, education and support. Patients also benefit from a completely coordinated treatment approach and have access to additional St. Luke’s resources such as geriatricians, speech and language pathologists, dietitians, caregiver support groups, psychiatry, palliative care, exercise programs and more.

About the New Physicians

Dr. Aaron Lasker has been named Medical Director of St. Luke’s Movement Disorders Center. A board-certified neurologist, Dr. Lasker specializes in movement disorders and cognitive training.

A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Lasker completed an internship at Rhode Island Hospital. He served as chief resident in neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Harvard Neurology Program. He completed a joint fellowship in movement disorders and cognitive neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess.

Dr. Lasker’s areas of expertise include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, restless leg syndrome and other movement and gait disorders. He collaborates with other members of the St. Luke’s neurosurgery team for deep brain stimulation evaluation and management.

He enjoys fly fishing, spending time outdoors, gardening and being with his family.

Dr. James Shou is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in movement disorders including tremors, tic disorders, gait disorders, Parkinson’s disease and others. He also performs botulinum toxin injections for chronic migraines, dystonia, spasticity and excessive drooling.

Dr. Shou received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, followed by an internship at White Memorial Medical Center and residencies in Neurology at Westchester Medical Center and the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Dr. Shou enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor concerts, local festivals and the foodie scene.

Dr. Roy Hwang is a board-certified stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon who specializes in treating chronic pain, movement disorders and a variety of spinal disorders.

He graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine followed by an internship and residency at West Virginia University. He completed his fellowship at Albany Medical Center, developing advanced skills and techniques in neuromodulation for chronic pain and deep brain stimulation for movement disorders.

In his free time, Dr. Hwang, his wife and two children enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, and like to travel.

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