Richard Dewey, M.D.

Section Head, Movement Disorders

  • Neurology
  • Movement Disorders


Richard B. Dewey, Jr., M.D., is a Professor in the UT Southwestern Medical Center Department of Neurology and Director of the Clinical Center for Movement Disorders.

Dr. Dewey earned his medical degree with high honors at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his medical internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, and his neurology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Dewey then completed a movement disorders fellowship at Mayo Clinic locations in Rochester, Minn., and Scottsdale, Ariz.

He was recruited to UT Southwestern in 1994 to start the movement disorders clinic, which has since grown to include five full-time faculty members. His primary research interests are in the areas of new therapeutics, biomarker discovery, and disease modification of Parkinson’s disease.

He has been invited to give more than 100 lectures and presentations to audiences around the world. He has written and contributed to book chapters, educational materials, abstracts, and articles for journals including Archives of Neurology, Neurology, Clinical Neuropharmacology, Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders, and Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. He is also honored to serve as a mentor in the medical student colleges program at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Dewey is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and a Fellow of the American Neurological Association.

In 2018, Dr. Dewey was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list and was named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor.

Meet Dr. Dewey

Dallas Movement Disorders Specialist

As the director of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Clinical Center for Movement Disorders, Richard B. Dewey, Jr., M.D., leads a program that’s at the forefront of exceptional clinical care, groundbreaking research, and education.

A Texas Monthly “Super Doctor,” Dr. Dewey and his team treat all movement disorders, from Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor to dystonia—any condition that creates unusual slowing or speeding of movement in the body.

The center has established a national reputation for providing outstanding diagnostic care and the latest treatments alternatives, along with access to groundbreaking research including robust clinical trials. As a result, it has become a major referral destination for rare and complex movement disorder cases in North Texas and throughout the region. Dr. Dewey says the center’s experienced physicians set it apart.

“We see a lot of patients with rare diseases, where other physicians may only see one or two in their lifetime. As a result, we develop expertise in managing these problems that others can’t offer,” he says.

“People know when they come to UT Southwestern that they truly are getting state-of-the-art medical and surgical management,” says Dewey. “And they have the opportunity to participate in very high-quality, groundbreaking research.”

One of Dr. Dewey’s specialties is the medical management of Parkinson’s disease—the second most common movement disorder after hereditary essential tremor. He is leading a major study funded by the NIH to help identify biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease—substances in the blood or the spinal fluid that could be used to diagnose the disease and track its progression.

Apart from the privilege of taking care of his movement disorders patients, Dewey says one of his greatest honors is serving as a mentor for UT Southwestern medical students.

“I have two groups of medical students every year, and I teach them about ethics in medicine, how to do the general physical examination, and how to interview and interact with patients; I am someone that the students can consult if they have questions or need guidance about their careers,” he says.

“This is one of the best things I’ve ever done; it’s been very gratifying.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education (1993-1994), Movement Disorders
  • Residency - Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education (1990-1993), Neurology
  • Internship - St. Joseph's Hospital (1989-1990), Transitional Internship
  • Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (1985-1989)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Parkinson Study Group
  • Movement Disorders Society
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Fellow, American Academy of Neurology (1991)
  • Fellow, American Neurological Association (2006)
Honors & Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa 1984, Duke University
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 1988, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Neurology teaching award 1995, for excellence in teaching residents and medical students
  • Best Doctors in America 2005-2014
  • Texas Super Doctors 2007-2013, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • D Magazine Best Doctors 2010-2012
  • U.S. News and World Report "Top Doctors" 2011-2012
Books & Publications
  • Therapeutics and disease mechanisms in disorders of the basal ganglia
  • Biomarker discovery in Parkinson disease

Clinical Focus

  • Movement Disorders

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Q&A by Dr. Dewey