Regional One Health has selected Jason Gerrard, MD, as the medical director for its Focused Ultrasound (FUS) program. The FUS program treats patients with MR-guided focused ultrasound, an incisionless technology that treats essential tremor and tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Gerrard received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, Ph.D. in neuroscience, and medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital followed by an epilepsy surgery fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Gerrard is also a functional neurosurgeon with Semmes Murphey Clinic and associate professor in the College of Medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Prior coming to Memphis, Dr. Gerrard served as Director of Functional Neurosurgery and Neurotrauma at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital.
He works with a variety of patients, but most of his patients include those with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and essential tremors. He also works with epilepsy patients.
Patients diagnosed with essential tremor commonly have tremors on both sides of the body affecting the hands. Previously FUS was only available to treat one side of the body. The FDA has recently approved patients to receive treatment on both sides. Dr. Gerrard performs these procedures at Regional One Health’s East Campus Imaging Center, located on the first floor at 6555 Quince Road. The treatment helps patients with essential tremor and tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease reclaim their independence by reducing and eliminating tremors in both hands, making day-to-day tasks easier.