Parkinson's disease Team
Banner Good Samaritan's Parkinson's disease clinical team involves input from physicians, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech-language pathologist, a social worker, a case manager, a representative from Meds Connection and nurses.
Physicians who serve on the Parkinson's disease team include:
Padma R. Mahant, MD
She graduated with multiple honors from the Medical College of Pennsylvania of Drexel University, and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Mahant completed her neurology residency at the University of Rochester where she was selected to serve as resident representative on several committees for the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Mahant completed her fellowship in movement disorders at Barrow Neurological Institute’s Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center. She is board certified in Neurology and is a member of the Movement Disorder Society.
Dr. Mahant is active in clinical research for Parkinson’s disease as a member of the Parkinson’s Study Group, a clinical faculty member of the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems at the Biodesign Institute of Arizona State University and a clinical core faculty member of the Arizona Parkinson’s Disease Consortium.
Her clinical interests are in the area of blepharospasm, exercise in Parkinson’s disease, and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Mahant serves on several Speaker Bureaus, and she has authored several posters, abstracts, and articles related to Movement Disorders.
Johan Samanta, MD
Dr. Samanta is director of Movement Disorders Research at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix and co-medical director, with Dr. Mahant, of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Phoenix Chapter’s Information and Referral Center.
He is a member of the Parkinson’s Study Group and a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Arizona. He received his medical degree from The Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed a neurology residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute, and completed a movement disorder fellowship at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center.