Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar

Joan Miravite Harper, MSN, BSN, RN, FNP-BC

New York University
DNP Student

After finishing with a Masters of Science in Nursing from Columbia University with honors, I began working in Neurology. I now have fifteen years of experience working in movement disorders and have worked closely with such experts as Dr. Susan Bressman. Currently, I diagnose and directly manage the care of patients with Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and tremor.  My expertise as a Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) programmer allowed me to help build a successful DBS program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel by educating nursing and medical students, nurses, doctors, and patients about Deep Brain Stimulation. My responsibilities include coordinating patient referrals to all modalities, organizing and managing a Multidisciplinary Movement Disorders Clinic, as well as facilitating patient support groups for Parkinson’s disease, Dystonia and Essential Tremor. I am currently the Center Coordinator for the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and in the past have also served as the Center Coordinator for the Bachmann Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson’s Foundation’s first Dystonia Center of Excellence. I am actively involved in the training of Movement Disorders Fellows in understanding appropriate selection criteria for advanced therapies, the actual programming of DBS, and managing DBS related complications.  I am also able to manage patients in need of Apokyn Injection training, as well as those with implanted Intrathecal Baclofen pumps and Duopa pumps. In addition, I have contributed to seminal peer reviewed articles on the best therapy practices for movement disorders, with respect to DBS in the treatment of Dystonias.