Dr. Ankur Butala specializes in the care of persons with complex neuropsychiatric conditions, including persons with advanced Parkinson Disease or other movement or neurodegenerative disorders. Upon graduating from a selective Physician-Scientist program at Albany Medical College, he joined the University of Massachusetts in an uncommon residency in both Neurology and Psychiatry. Dual-trained neuropsychiatrists such as Dr. Butala have experience with: Parkinson Disease and atypical Parkinsonism, Huntington Disease, Ataxia, Dystonia, early-onset dementia, traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, autism spectrum disorders, medication refractory mood and psychotic disorders, epilepsy and functional neurological disorders.
In residency, he developed an interest in circuit models of brain function and how non-pharmacological approaches such as Neuromodulation and brain stimulation may be used to address treatment-resistant conditions. Consequently, he joined Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a Clinical and Research Fellow from 2015 to 2018, where he developed a skill set including deep brain stimulation, non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS), and measurement of eye movements.
Currently, Dr. Butala's clinical and research interests are in diagnosing and managing persons with advanced Parkinson's Disease, movement disorders, and neuropsychiatric conditions using neuromodulation, cannabinoids, and entheogens. He has ongoing multidisciplinary collaborations with colleagues at the Whiting School of Engineering - Center of Speech & Language Processing in using Machine-Learning Models and Artificial Intelligence to improve the detection and diagnosis of Movement and Neuropsychiatric disorders.