J. Eric Ahlskog, Ph.D., M.D.

Professor of Neurology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Dr. Ahlskog is Professor of Neurology, Mayo Medical School and former Chair of the Mayo Clinic Neurology Section of Movement Disorders, Rochester, Minnesota.  He is a full-time clinician with the majority of his Mayo practice devoted to movement disorders and especially Parkinson’s disease.  He has published 241 manuscripts in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals, most related to Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders.

A little over a decade ago, Dr. Ahlskog published a book for people with Parkinson’s disease and families that addressed drugs, doses, common side effects and indications: “The Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Book” (2005).  The intent was to arm patients with reliable facts about how to manage their condition.  This was recently revised and updated, with many chapters re-written; it became available September 1, 2015:

Ahlskog, JE.  The New Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Book.  New York: Oxford University Press; 2015, 488pp.

A companion book for doctors mirrors these treatment recommendations, chapter by chapter:

Ahlskog JE.  Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Guide for Physicians.  New York: Oxford University Press; 2009. 382pp.

For patients with Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) or Parkinson’s Disease with Dementia (PDD), appropriate treatment strategies have been detailed in another book:

Ahlskog JE.  Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia:  Patient, family and clinician working together for better outcomes.  New York: Oxford University Press; 2013. 268pp.

Dr. Ahlskog was born in Chicago, Ill, but spent the last half of his childhood/adolescence in small-town America, Kaleva, Michigan.   Dr. Ahlskog graduated from Michigan State University, received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School.  He interned and completed an additional year of medical residency at the University of Chicago and did his Neurology residency at the Mayo Clinic.  He has been on staff at Mayo since 1981.


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