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Jill M. Giordano Farmer

Jill M. Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department: Neurology

Specialties: Neurology


  • DO - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (2006)
  • MPH - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson School of Public Health (2002)
  • BA in English Composition - College of the Holy Cross (1998)

Awards & Honors

  • National Parkinson’s Foundation Allied Team Certification, 2014
  • Capital Women in Philanthropy Grant, 2012
  • Fellow Award, Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders for the Clinical Practitioner, 2011
  • Chief Resident, 2010
  • American Academy of Neurology Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum, 2009

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • President, Philadelphia Neurological Society
  • Movement Disorders Society
  • American Academy of Neurology

Jill M. Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH, is board certified in neurology. Dr. Farmer previously worked at Capital Health Systems, where she was charged with developing a comprehensive movement disorder program to address medical management, surgical management and rehabilitation programs for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. She developed clinics including botulinum toxin clinics for dystonia and spasticity and deep brain stimulation management of Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor and dystonia.

Clinical Services

Neurology, Parkinson's disease


  • Georgetown University/Providence Hospital (2007)


  • Neurology - Georgetown University Hospital (2010)


  • Movement Disorders - Georgetown University Hospital (2012)

Jill M. Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine. She serves as a mentor and advisor through the alumni association of UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. She also developed and now coordinates the Delaware Valley Regional Movement Disorder Meeting, a quarterly educational meeting that brings together academic and community movement disorder specialists, functional neurosurgeons and allied team members. The meeting consists of an educational presentation and video rounds, and is sponsored through educational grants.

Dr. Farmer was elected president of the Philadelphia Neurological Society in 2019.

Research Interests

Investigation of the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including cognition, depression and apathy; exploring the impact of environmental stressors and the risk of developing Parkinson's disease

In the Media

“Doctors, Remember Your Calling”
Neurology Live (March 26, 2024)

Managing OFF Episodes in Parkinson Disease
NeurologyLive (January 7, 2020)

"On Shaky Ground: Identifying Risk Factors for Parkinson's Disease"
Practical Neurology (January/February 2017)



"Technology and Parkinson’s Disease: New Solutions for Old Problems"
Sanaz Attaripour Isfahani, MD, and Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH
Practical Neurology, pp. 28-30. July/August 2017

"Coexisting Adult Polyglucosan Body Disease with Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration with transactivation response DNA-binding protein-43 (TDP-43) positive neuronal inclusions"
Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH, Brent Harris, MD, PhD, Barbara Crain, MD, PhD, Raymond Scott Turner, MD, PhD
Neurocase, April 2012*

"Emerging Subspecialties in Neurology: Public Policy Fellowships"
Nassim Zecavati, MD, Sarah Song, MD, MPH, Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH
Neurology; 77(15), October 11, 2011


"RECOGNISE: Rasagiline Effects on Cognition in Parkinson’s Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment"
Reversa Mills, MD, MS, Ishita Gambhir, MD, Jill Farmer, DO, Fernando L. Pagan, MD
Accepted for presentation at the 2016 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., April 2016

"Coexisting Adult Polyglucosan Body Disease with Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration with transactivation response DNA-binding protein-43 (TDP-43) positive neuronal inclusions"
Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, Raymond Scott Turner, MD, PhD
Poster presented at Georgetown University Hospital Research Day

Book Chapters

"Clumsy Thoughts: Cognition and Movement Disorders"
Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH
In: Progressive Cognitive Impairment and Its Neuropathological Correlations, G. Gliebus ed., 2016

"Investigational Pharmacologic Treatments"
Pagan, MD, Fernando and Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH
In: Handbook of Parkinson's Disease, 5th Edition, Kelly Lyons ed., Informa Healthcare


In addition to the local and national speaking engagements below, Dr. Farmer has given numerous support group and senior community center presentations addressing Parkinson’s disease management.


“Keep Your Balance, Caring For Mind and Body In Parkinson’s Disease”
Invited Speaker: Michael J. Fox Foundation, Partners in Parkinson’s Event
Edison, N.J., December, 2015

“Recent Advancements in Parkinson’s Therapies” 
Invited Speaker: Lehigh Valley Hospital 20th Parkinson’s Symposium
Allentown, Pa., October 2015

Q & A about Parkinson’s Disease
Radio program, Stepping Stones, WDVR FM, 2014

"Diagnosis and Management of Parkinson’s Disease"
Capital Health Neuroscience Conference, 2014

"Emerging Therapies in Parkinson’s Disease"
New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, 2013

"Post Surgical Tremors"
Capital Institute for Neuroscience, 2013

"Cognition in Parkinson’s Disease"
Invited speaker, Robert Wood Johnson Neurology Grand Rounds, 2013


"A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Parkinson’s Disease"
Health South, Sarasota, Fla., 2015

"Emerging Diagnostic and Treatment Strategies for Parkinson’s Disease"
TEVA Neuroscience, Kansas City, Mo., 2014 and 2015

"Don’t Be Fooled By Dementia"
Case Presentation, Adult Polyglucosan Body Disease, Georgetown University Department of Neurology, 2012

"Parkinsonism and Related Disorders"
Georgetown Department of Neurology, National Parkinson Foundation Patient Education Symposium, 2011

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.

Contact Information

Department of Neurology
245 N. 15th Street
8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102