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Leslie Cloud

Leslie J. Cloud

Assistant Professor of Neurology

VCU Health: NOW Center
11958 W. Broad Street
Henrico, Virginia 23233
(804) 804-360-4NOW (4669)

“I discovered early in my neurology residency that I very much enjoy the clinical care of patients with Parkinson's. The availability of effective symptomatic treatments coupled with the slowly progressive nature of the disease enable PD patients and their physicians to form long-lasting relationships that are both productive and immensely rewarding.”



  • Movement Disorders Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Chief Resident, Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Neurology Residency, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Internship, Emory University School of Medicine
  • M.Sc. in Clinical Research, Emory University
  • M.D., Medical College of Georgia
  • B.A., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Boston University

Professional certifications and licenses

  • Virginia state medical license
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Clinical specializations

  • Comprehensive care of patients with Parkinson's Disease and Parkinson Plus Syndromes
  • Drug-induced movement disorders
  • Movement disorders in systemic disease
  • Use of botulinum toxins to treat movement disorders
  • Teleneurology

Research interests

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms in Parkinson's Disease
  • Clinical trials in Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders

Professional affiliations

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Neurological Association
  • Movement Disorders Society
  • Parkinson Study Group

Recent professional achievements

  • 2013 - Awarded grant funding from VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research to conduct a clinical trial investigating the impact of erythromycin on gastric emptying and levodopa absorption in Parkinson's Disease
  • 2012 - Outstanding Teacher Award for "Best Teacher," Neurology Clerkship, VCU School of Medicine

Recent publications

  • Lehosit, J. and Cloud, L. Early Parkinsonism:Distinguishing idiopathic Parkinson’s disease from other syndromes. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 2015 June; 22(6):257-265.
  • Zutshi D, Cloud L, Factor S. “Tardive syndromes are rarely reversible after discontinuing dopamine receptor blocking agents: experience from a university-based movement disorders clinic.” Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements.   2014 Oct;4:266. PMID 25374768
  • Cloud, L.J.., Zutshi, D., Factor, S.A. (2014) Tardive dyskinesia: therapeutic options for an increasingly common disorder. Neurotherapeutics 11(1):166-76.
  • Cloud, L.J., Jankovic, J. (2013) Systemic disease and movement disorders. In D.J. Burn (Ed.) Oxford Textbook of Clinical Neurology on Movement Disorders.
  • Cloud, L.J., Rosenblatt, A., Margolis, R.L., Ross, C.A., Pillai, J.A., Corey-Bloom, J., Tully, H.M., Bird, T., Panegyres, P.K., Nichter, C.A., Higgins, D.S., Helmers, S.L., Factor, S.A., Jones, R., Testa, C.M. (2012) Seizures in juvenile Huntington's disease: Frequency and characterization in a multicenter cohort. Movement Disorders Nov 2.
  • Revuelta, G., Cloud, L.J., Aia, P., Factor, S. (2011). Tardive Dyskinesias. In A. Albanese and J. Jankovic (Eds). Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Cloud, L.J. and Greene, J.G. (2011). Gastrointestinal Features of Parkinson's Disease. Current Neurol Neurosci Rep, 11(4): 379-384.
  • Aia, P., Revuelta, G., Cloud, L.J., Factor, S. (2011). Tardive Dyskinesia. Curr Treat Options Neurol, 13(3): 231-241.
  • Cloud, L.J. and Jinnah, H. (2010). Treatment Strategies for Dystonia. Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, 11(1): 5-15.

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