Roger Albin, M.D.

Anne B. Young Collegiate Professor of Neurology
Professor, Neurology
Co-Division Chief, Parkinson's Disease & Related Movement Disorders


Roger L. Albin, MD, is a professor of neurology and co-director of the Movement Disorders Clinic in the Department of Neurology in the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition, he serves as chief of neuroscience research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center.

Dr. Albin joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1988 as an instructor in the Department of Neurology. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1989; associate professor in 1994; and achieved his current rank of full professor in 2000.

After completing his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in Ohio, Dr. Albin earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1982, and completed his residency at the University of Michigan in 1986. He also completed a movement disorders fellowship in 1988 under Drs. Anne Young and John Penney.

His clinical and research interests include the underlying pathophysiology of basal ganglia disorders. The present focus of Dr. Albin's research is uncovering the basis for non-motor (sleep disorders, depression, dementia, autonomic dysfunction) problems in Parkinson's disease. Molecular imaging with Positron Emission Tomography (PET) methods is a primary research tool.  The hope is that understanding how specific brain alterations cause specific clinical features will lead to improved treatments.

Dr. Albin is Director of the University of Michigan Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research and the University of Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation Research Center of Excellence. He also directs the University of Michigan Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program.

A member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Neurologic Association, and the Society for Neuroscience, Dr. Albin currently serves on the editorial boards of Neurology and Movement Disorders.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the 2021 recipient of the American Academy of Neurology Movement Disorders Research Award.

Areas of Interest

Research: Understanding the basis for the clinical features of different Movement Disorders.

Clinical Interests

Neurology, Movement Disorders: Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, Tremors, Tics, Dystonias, and Cognitive Disorders.


Medical School or Training

  • University of Pittsburgh, 1982


  • University of Michigan Health System, Neurology, MI, 1986


  • Neurology, University of Michigan Health System, 1988

Board Certification

  • Neurology

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