Soon after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in May 2018, Gary Rogliano began receiving his care at VCU Health and quickly became an advocate for patients and their families. Compelled to address barriers, he identified gaps in education, socialization and access to exercise and wellness programs. Gary created Power Over Parkinson’s (POP), and through a strategic partnership with VCU, began the good work of helping us identify and improve the patient and family experience. As part of that process, Gary, his family and Power Over Parkinson's established the Rogliano Endowed Chair in 2019 with a vision to recruit or reward a Parkinson’s clinician-scientist who has expertise in exercise, wellness and/or quality of life for patients and caregivers. In early 2021, Power Over Parkinson's and VCU announced the appointment of Leslie J. Cloud, M.D., M.Sc., to the Rogliano Family Endowed Chair.
Dr. Cloud is the Associate Professor of Neurology at VCU Health, and a respected leader throughout the Parkinson's community. A clinician, educator and researcher, her work is focused on discovering new treatments for symptoms of Parkinson's disease and translating those findings into improved quality of life for patients.
The alignment of Dr. Cloud’s life’s work with POP's vision is the “secret sauce” that makes philanthropy so powerful.
A. Gordon Smith, M.D., FAAN
Professor and Chair of Neurology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Leslie Cloud, M.D.
Dir. Parkinson’s Disease Program
About Power Over Parkinson's
POP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation supporting the use of exercise and wellness to reduce the symptoms or slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.
About VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center
The Virginia Commonwealth University Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center strives to be a premier model for improving the lives of individuals with movement disorders, their families, and the community through its commitment to excellence in comprehensive interdisciplinary clinical care, translational research, education and outreach. Their is to provide the highest quality of care that enables individuals affected by Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders to live their best lives and to make scientific advances that will result in lasting benefits for patients, their families, and our community. For more, visit their website at https://parkinsons.vcu.edu/