APDA Chapter President
Early in his career as a clinical neurologist specializing in Parkinson’s, Dr. Ronald Kobayashi observed that his patients, their families, and caregivers benefited from a greater understanding of the condition. Dr. Kobayashi soon recognized the value of the PASD and Parkinson’s support groups in providing beneficial information to thousands affected by Parkinson’s throughout San Diego County. He routinely refers both newly diagnosed PD patients as well as those with a long history of Parkinson’s to the PASD.
As a member of the PASD Board of Directors and President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), Dr. Kobayashi has reached out to his former medical colleagues to make them more aware of PASD services and programs, and provide them with updates regarding current research and treatment in the field of Parkinson’s.
Dr. Kobayashi received his medical degree from the University Of Southern California School of Medicine. His training included internal medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical Center, and research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kobayashi received the S. Weir Mitchell Award from the American Academy of Neurology in 1974 and the Clinical Investigator Award (for research career development) from the VA, and is Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosciences (Emeritus) at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine. He has published numerous scientific and clinical articles on neuron-pharmacology and movement disorders.