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Irene H. Richard, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Memory Care; Movement Disorders

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 341-7500

Office: (585) 341-7569

Fax: (585) 341-7510

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After graduating from Cornell University in 1987 and receiving her MD from the Yale University School of Medicine in1991, Dr. Richard completed neurology residency at the University of Rochester in 1995, followed by the NIH-funded fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics in 1997. She joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 1997 and has been an integral part of the Department of Neurology's missions in clinical care, research and education. The recipient of the Senior Faculty Award in 2013, Dr. Richard is a Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Dr. Richard provides neurological care for patients with Parkinson's disease and related conditions and her research program focuses on the psychiatric aspects of these illnesses. She is the author of numerous scientific articles, editorials and book chapters and has been the recipient of career development awards and research grants, including one from NIH to lead a multi-center clinical trial evaluating the treatment of depression in PD. Dr. Richard serves as a reviewer for scientific journals and served as a member of the NIH Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging Study as well as chair for several research grant review committee meetings for the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson's disease Research. She served as the Senior Medical Advisor for MJFF, is a member of the scientific advisory board and was the recipient of the 2011 Langtson Award for her valued contributions to the foundation. She has given lectures and chaired workshops and symposia at national meetings including the American Academy of Neurology and The World Parkinson Congress. Dr. Richard's efforts have brought new clinical and research attention to the previously overlooked area of mood disturbances in PD.
Dr. Richard is dedicated to medical education at every level of training and serves as a member of the medical student clerkship grading committee, a faculty preceptor for the neurology resident longitudinal care clinic, director of the psychiatry resident neurology lecture series and director of the movement disorders fellowship program.


Dr. Richard's clinical research is aimed at understanding the pathophysiology of and developing effective treatments (medical and surgical) through clinical trials for neurological and psychiatric aspects of movement disorders, with a particular emphasis on depression in Parkinson's disease.


Faculty Appointments


  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


BS | Cornell University

MD | Yale University Sch Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1991 - 06/30/1992
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

70/01/1992 - 06/30/1995
Residency in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

09/01/1995 - 06/30/1997
Fellowship in Movement Disorders at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Department of Neurology Senior Faculty Award

Langston Award, Michael J. Fox Foundation

Elected member American Neurological Association

Rock Sleyster Scholar (Psychiatry)

Cornell Presidential Scholar

President, Cornell Honor Society

First Place, Cornell Public Speaking Contest

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

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Journal Articles

Niethammer M, Tang CC, LeWitt PA, Rezai AR, Leehey MA, Ojemann SG, Flaherty AW, Eskandar EN, Kostyk SK, Sarkar A, Siddiqui MS, Tatter SB, Schwalb JM, Poston KL, Henderson JM, Kurlan RM, Richard IH, Sapan CV, Eidelberg D, During MJ, Kaplitt MG, Feigin A. "Long-term follow-up of a randomized AAV2-GAD gene therapy trial for Parkinson's disease." JCI insight.. 2017 Apr 6; 2(7):e90133. Epub 2017 Apr 06.

Dorsey ER, Achey MA, Beck CA, Beran DB, Biglan KM, Boyd CM, Schmidt PN, Simone R, Willis AW, Galifianakis NB, Katz M, Tanner CM, Dodenhoff K, Ziman N, Aldred J, Carter J, Jimenez-Shahed J, Hunter C, Spindler M, Mari Z, Morgan JC, McLane D, Hickey P, Gauger L, Richard IH, Bull MT, Mejia NI, Bwala G, Nance M, Shih L, Anderson L, Singer C, Zadikoff C, Okon N, Feigin A, Ayan J, Vaughan C, Pahwa R, Cooper J, Webb S, Dhall R, Hassan A, Weis D, DeMello S, Riggare SS, Wicks P, Smith J, Keenan HT, Korn R, Schwarz H, Sharma S, Stevenson EA, Zhu W. "National Randomized Controlled Trial of Virtual House Calls for People with Parkinson's Disease: Interest and Barriers." Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association.. 2016 Jul 0; 22(7):590-8. Epub 2016 Feb 17.

Broen MP, Köhler S, Moonen AJ, Kuijf ML, Dujardin K, Marsh L, Richard IH, Starkstein SE, Martinez-Martin P, Leentjens AF. "Modeling anxiety in Parkinson's disease." Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society.. 2016 Mar 0; 31(3):310-6. Epub 2015 Dec 21.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Cognitive Impairment in Depression
Book Title: Secondary Dementias
Author List: Richard, I.H.
Edited By: Kurlan, R.
Published By: Taylor & Francis2006 in New York

Chapter Title: Management of Advanced Stage Disease
Book Title: Psychiatric Issues in Parkinson's Disease: A Practical Guide
Author List: Richard, I.H.
Edited By: Menza, M.; Marsh, L.
Published By: Taylor & Francis2006 in London

Book Title: Movement Disorders: 100 Instructive Cases
Author List: Richard, I.H.; Kurlan, R.
Published By: Taylor and Francis Books2006 in Abington, UK




Depression and Parkinson's Disease


Irene Richard, M.D.