Luis E. Zayas, MD, PT Play Video Download PDF

Luis E. Zayas, MD, PT

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OSF Illinois Neurological Institute

200 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61603
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Medical Education: UNIBE Universidad Iberoamericana (Dominican Republic)

Internship(s): St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY; 2006-2007)

Residency: Neurology - Cooper University Hospital (Camden, NJ; 2009-2012), Internal Medicine - St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY; 2007-2009)

Fellowship(s): Movement Disorders - University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE; 2016-2017), Neuro-Critical Care - Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH; 2012-2013)

Board Certification(s): Epilepsy - American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Interests: Ataxia (Incoordination), Atypical Parkinsonism, Botox Injections (for Cervical Dystonia/Torticollis, Musician’s Dystonia, Focal Dystonia in the Limbs, Blepharospasm/Abnormal Eyelid Twitching, Drooling, Hemifacial Spasms, and Spasticity/Muscle Stiffness), Chorea, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Dystonia, Epilepsy, Myoclonus (Jerks), Parkinson’s Disease, Restless Legs Syndrome, Tics, Tremors

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Society

Publications: View PubMed List

Associated with: Illinois Neurological Institute, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Dr. Zayas grew up in La Gloria, Trujillo Alto, a small town in the Puerto Rican countryside.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, Dr. Zayas got his medical degree so he could have even more mental tools to positively impact people’s quality of life.

Dr. Zayas pursued movement disorders as a subspecialty because he was drawn to a type of medicine that relied so heavily on visual observation to reach potential diagnoses. Dealing with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders allows him to combine his medical training with his physical therapy background to provide holistic care.

“The complexity of the human body’s movements, along with their pathology, is the most fascinating field in medicine and I see myself devoted to the field the rest of my life,” he said.

Dr. Zayas believes a good physician communicates effectively with patients and their families. He genuinely believes in the importance of making eye contact, listening to patients’ concerns and providing them with support and attention.

“It’s important to me that my patients feel that I deeply care for them and their family,” he said. “I will always put myself in the place of my patients’ point of view and treat them as if I’m treating one of my own family members.”

He is married, with two children and four dogs. His favorite activity is spending time with his family. He also likes to read and run 5K races. His goal is to run a 5K race in under 20 minutes before he turns 50.