Charles H. Adler, M.D., Ph.D.

Physician - Neurology

  • Sports Medicine
  • Scottsdale, AZ
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Dr. Adler’s main research interests are investigating tissue diagnostic tests for Parkinson’s disease, biomarkers for an early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and PD with dementia, and identification of new treatments for PD and PD with dementia. He also has been investigating essential tremor, restless legs syndrome, and dystonia, including a task-specific dystonia in golfers, “golfer’s cramp” also known as the “yips”. Recently, he has received two grants to study repetitive head injuries in football players looking for clinical and neuroimaging biomarkers for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He has published over 350 research papers and reviews, and edited a book entitled Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines for the Practicing Physician. In 2006, Dr. Adler was awarded the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator of the Year Award.

Personal Interests

Dr. Adler’s personal interests revolve around his family. He spends as much time with them as possible. He also enjoys traveling with his wife and spending time relaxing in Hawaii. His main hobby is golf and he also attends numerous sporting events being a big fan of both the Philadelphia and Arizona teams.

Undergraduate Studies

Temple University- Philadelphia, PA

Medical School

NYU School of Medicine- New York, NY


Neurology, University of Pennsylvania- Philadelphia, PA


Movement Disorders, University of Pennsylvania- Philadelphia, PA

  • American Academy of Neurology, elected as Fellow in 2004
  • Movement Disorders Society
  • Dystonia Study Group
  • Parkinson's Study Group
  • Huntington Study Group
  • American Neurological Association
  • International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group
  • International Neurotoxin Association
  • Tremor Research Group
  • International RBD Study Group

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Junior Award for Mathematics/Science
  • Doctor of Excellence Award from the Arizona Dystonia Support Group
  • Outstanding Faculty Member for Year 2002, Mayo School of Continuing Medical Education-Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
  • Distinguished Mayo Clinic Investigators Award, Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Golf Magazine Innovator Award
  • Movement Disorders Journal 2015 Review Article of the Year Award for “MDS research criteria for prodromal Parkinson’s disease”
  • Movement Disorders Journal 2016 Research Article of the Year Award for “Peripheral synucleinopathy in early Parkinson’s disease: Submandibular gland needle biopsy findings”
  • American Health Council Best in Medicine Award

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