Two movement disorder docs join Inova’s neurological program


For the first time, Inova has two movement disorder specialists. Sean Rogers, MD, PhD, and Drew Falconer, MD, both board-certified in neurology, started in summer 2015.
Drs. Rogers and Falconer join Mahesh Shenai, MD, MBA, and James Leiphart, MD, PhD, FACS, as part of the fellowship-trained team that represents an expansion of the Movement Disorders Program.

photos of Dr. Drew Falconer and Dr. Sean Rogers

The program, which is part of Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute, provides care and treatment for patients with Parkinson’s, essential tremor, dystonia, Huntington’s disease, tic disorders and other related issues.

One advanced treatment in the Movement Disorders Program is deep brain stimulation (DBS). DBS, which acts like a pacemaker for the brain, delivers a carefully controlled stimulation of electricity to precisely targeted areas. The electric stimulation, which puts a part of the brain to sleep, is not permanent. It interrupts the brain’s faulty signals and provides measurable relief to symptoms, allowing for a significant reduction in medications and an improvement in quality of life.

“As we learn more about the specific locations and functions within the brain, our ability to modulate specific areas in a reversible and non-destructible manner will give us the ability to improve the function of so many people in the future,” says James Ecklund, MD, FACS, Chairman, Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute. “This area is ripe for advancement, and I’m glad Inova is on the cutting edge to provide the best possible care.”

Learn more about Inova’s Movement Disorders program at

Located in Alexandria and Fairfax – Northern Virginia – Washington, DC metro area

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This article is from the Fall 2015 issue of Inova Magazine


  1. Elizabeth on February 8, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I was referred to an Arthritis Dr and it’s been a month now. I return on 2/17. My blood work was nothing noticeable except major D deficiency. But I can hardly get up from the toilet, couch, cannot put my hair in ponytail, getting in /out of car, going up or down stairs, kneeling on couch, or trying to get up from the floor is becoming more prominent everyday. I am only 56! I don’t want to mess around with Dr’s here, I want a person in this field. Do I need a referral? I work for Dr. Waqas Ilyas at Retina & Vitreous Consultants in Winchester and I run the Front Desk! I really need to get this pain and worsening muscle issue under control because this is not my lifestyle and I am having a hard time dealing with whatever is going on! Help please!

    • InovaNewsroom on February 19, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Please contact our Neuroscience Patient Navigator at 703-776-4700 or email her at

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