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Panagiotis Kassavetis

Title: Assistant Professor
College: Medicine
School / Department: Neurology
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Dr. Kassavetis is a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders. He treats patients with all movement disorders including tremor, parkinsonism, dystonia, myoclonus, and others. He has expertise in advanced therapies such as ultrasound and EMG-guided botulinum toxin injections. He is member of the multidisciplinary deep brain stimulation team at the University of Utah and does pre-operative assessment, intraoperative monitoring, and post-operative DBS programming for patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and other movement disorders. He evaluates patient with essential tremor for MRI-guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy.

Dr. Kassavetis completed medical school at the University of Athens, Greece. After graduation, he moved to the United Kingdom for graduate studies. He completed a one-year master of science (MSc) in clinical neurology and a four-year PhD in neuroscience at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology in London with a six-month scholarship at Johns Hopkins University. During his PhD, he studied human motor control with techniques such as noninvasive brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation) as well as electromyography and electroencephalography. After his PhD, he moved to the United Stated to pursue residency training in neurology at Boston University, Boston, MA. Then, he acquired further subspecialty training in movement disorders with a three-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Hallett. He joined the faculty of the University of Utah as an assistant professor of neurology in 2021. He is interested in using advanced clinical neurophysiology techniques for diagnosis and treatment in movement disorders.