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Nabila Dahodwala, MD

Nabila Dahodwala, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Neurology at the Pennsylvania Hospital

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish

Dr. Dahodwala is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Nabila Dahodwala

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2019 Top Docs issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Ataxia
  • Balance Disorders
  • Blepharospasm
  • BOTOX Therapy
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Chorea
  • Choreoathetosis
  • Corticobasal Syndrome (CBS)
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dopamine Responsive Dystonia
  • Dyskinesia
  • Dystonia
  • Essential Tremor
  • Extrapyramidal Disorders
  • Facial Spasm
  • Familial Ataxia
  • Focal Dystonia
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Friedreich Ataxia
  • Genetic Dystonia
  • Huntington's Disease (HD)
  • Intention Tremor
  • Intermittent Tremor
  • Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)
  • Myoclonus
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Orofacial Dyskinesia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Primary Cerebellar Degeneration
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Secondary Parkinson'S
  • Segmental Dystonia
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Spinocerebellar Degeneration
  • Spinocerebellar Diseases
  • Stereotypic Movement Disorder
  • Stiff-Person Syndrome
  • Tardive Dyskinesia
  • Torsion Dystonia
  • Torticollis
  • Tourette's Syndrome (TS)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia (Tic Douloureux)
  • Wilson's Disease
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Columbia University
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center


American Academy of Neurology, National American Neurological Association, National Movement Disorders Society, International Pennsylvania Neurological Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Dahodwala is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Health services research
Neurodegenerative diseases
Health disparities

Selected Publications:

Nutt J, Siderowf A, Guttman M, Schmidt P, Zamudio J, Wu S, Okun M, Simuni T, Parachos S, Dahodwala N, Davis T, Giladi N, Gurevich T, Hauser R, Jankovic J, Lyons K, Marsh L, Miyasaki J, Morgan J, Santiago A, Tarsy D, Mari Z, Malaty I, Nelson E; The National Parkinson Foundation Quality Improvement Initiative: Mobility, mood and site of care impact health related quality of life in Parkinson's disease Parkinsonism Related Disord 20 (3): 274-9,2014.

Fleisher JE, Bhatia R, Margus C, Pruitt A, Dahodwala N: Health literacy and medication awareness in outpatient neurology Neurology Clinical Practice 4 (1): 71-81,2014.

Chahine Lama M, Daley Joseph, Horn Stacy, Duda John E, Colcher Amy, Hurtig Howard, Cantor Charles, Dahodwala Nabila: Association between dopaminergic medications and nocturnal sleep in early-stage Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism & related disorders 19 (10): 859-63,2013.

Murray CJ, Abraham J, Ali MK, Alvarado M, Atkinson C, Baddour LM, Bartels DH, Benjamin EJ, Bhalla K, Birbeck G, Bolliger I, Burstein R, Carnahan E, Chen H, Chou D, Chugh SS, Cohen A, Colson KE, Cooper LT, Couser W, Criqui MH, Dabhadkar KC, Dahodwala N, Danaei G, Dellavalle RP, Des Jarlais DC, Dicker D, Ding EL, Dorsey ER, Duber H, Ebel BE, Engell RE, Ezzati M, Felson DT, Finucane MM, Flaxman S, Flaxman AD, Fleming T, Forouzanfar MH, Freedman G, Freeman MK, Gabriel SE, Gakidou E, Gillum RF, Gosselin R, Lu Y: The state of US health, 1990-2010: burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association 310 (6): 591-608,2013.

Spindler Meredith, Gooneratne Nalaka S, Siderowf Andrew, Duda John E, Cantor Charles, Dahodwala Nabila: Daytime Sleepiness is Associated with Falls in Parkinson's Disease. Journal of Parkinson's disease 3 (3): 387-91,2013.

Chahine Lama M, Daley Joseph, Horn Stacy, Colcher Amy, Hurtig Howard, Cantor Charles, Dahodwala Nabila: Questionnaire-based diagnosis of REM sleep behavior disorder in Parkinson's disease. Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society 28 (8): 1146-9,2013.

Dahodwala N, Siderowf A, Baumgarten M, Abrams A, Karlawish J: Screening questionnaires for parkinsonism: a systematic review Parkinsonism and Related Disorders 18 (3): 216-24,2012.

Dahodwala N, Karlawish J, Siderowf A, Duda JE, Mandell DS: Delayed Parkinson's disease diagnosis among African-Americans: the role of reporting of disability Neuroepidemiology 36 (3): 150-154,2011.

Dahodwala Nabila, Xie Ming, Noll Elizabeth, Siderowf Andrew, Mandell David S: Treatment disparities in Parkinson's disease. Annals of neurology 66 (2): 142-5,2009.

Dahodwala N: What is known about racial disparities in Parkinson's disease diagnosis and treatment? Neurodegen Dis Manage 3 (6): 485-7,2013.

Dahodwala Nabila, Siderowf Andrew, Xie Ming, Noll Elizabeth, Stern Matthew, Mandell David S: Racial differences in the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society 24 (8): 1200-5,2009.

Academic Contact Info

330 S. 9th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)