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Laura J. Buyan Dent, MD, PhD Print Friendly Page

Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Buyan Dent is a neurologist in the Movement Disorders Program. Dr. Buyan Dent's main focus is the care of patients with Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, multiple systems atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy and other movement disorders. With state-of-the-art pharmaceutical treatments, botulinum toxin injections and surgical management options, Dr. Buyan Dent helps patients with a unique program that suits their particular conditions.


As part of the Performing Arts Medicine Program, she is dedicated to the care of artists with neurologic conditions such as tremors, dystonias and ataxias, that may interfere with performance and movement. She also helps with performance-related overuse conditions or injuries that result in focal dystonia, nerve injuries, weakness, tremors and coordination difficulties. 



Botox ® Muscle Injection


Deep Brain Stimulation Management


Gait Disorder

Huntingtons Chorea

Movement Disorders

Movement Disorders (Neurology)


Parkinson's Disease

Performing Arts Medicine - Neurological Conditions and Movement Disorders

Restless Leg Syndrome

Tardive Dyskinesia


Tourette Syndrome


Wilson's Disease


University Hospital
(608) 263-5442 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Neurology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Neurology
Fellowship Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (formerly UW Medical School), Madison, WI

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Dr. Buyan Dent's previous research examined the rehabilitation of patients with atypical parkinsonian disorders. She hopes to implement clinical research trials to expand treatment options and knowledge in both Parkinson's and Huntington's Disease.

PubMed Articles
Rafanelli M Walsh K Hamdan MH Buyan-Dent L Autonomic dysfunction: Diagnosis and management. Handb Clin Neurol . 2019;167:123-137
[PubMed ID: 31753129]
Gallagher CL Bell B Palotti M Oh J Christian BT Okonkwo O Sojkova J Buyan-Dent L Nickles RJ Harding SJ Stone CK Johnson SC Holden JE Anterior cingulate dopamine turnover and behavior change in Parkinson's disease. Brain Imaging Behav . 2015 Dec;9(4):821-7
[PubMed ID: 25511521]
Sillay KA Rusy D Buyan-Dent L Ninman NL Vigen KK Wide-bore 1.5 T MRI-guided deep brain stimulation surgery: initial experience and technique comparison. Clin Neurol Neurosurg . 2014 Dec;127:79-85
[PubMed ID: 25459248]
Li CT Palotti M Holden JE Oh J Okonkwo O Christian BT Bendlin BB Buyan-Dent L Harding SJ Stone CK DeJesus OT Nickles RJ Gallagher CL A dual-tracer study of extrastriatal 6-[18F]fluoro-m-tyrosine and 6-[18F]-fluoro-L-dopa uptake in Parkinson's disease. Synapse . 2014 Aug;68(8):325-31
[PubMed ID: 24710997]
Gallagher C Bell B Bendlin B Palotti M Okonkwo O Sodhi A Wong R Buyan-Dent L Johnson S Willette A Harding S Ninman N Kastman E Alexander A White matter microstructural integrity and executive function in Parkinson's disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc . 2013 Mar;19(3):349-54
[PubMed ID: 23321049]
Gallagher CL Christian BT Holden JE Dejesus OT Nickles RJ Buyan-Dent L Bendlin BB Harding SJ Stone CK Mueller B Johnson SC A within-subject comparison of 6-[18F]fluoro-m-tyrosine and 6-[18F]fluoro-L-dopa in Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord . 2011 Sep;26(11):2032-8
[PubMed ID: 21638324]