Zoltan Mari, MD is the Ruvo Family Chair & Director, Parkinson’s & Movement Disorder Section + Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain health. Dr. Mari is also the 2023-24 CCMS President Elect.

Dr. Mari is an academic neurologist, specializing in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. He splits his time between clinic seeing patients with such disorders and academic endeavors, such as teaching, designing and conducting clinical research.

What brought you to start practicing medicine in Las Vegas?

I was recruited by Cleveland Clinic from Johns Hopkins University to serve as an endowed chair and build a Parkinson’s and movement disorders program.

What are some of the biggest challenges you face and what do you most enjoy about your job?

Challenges: Nevada remains a hostile reimbursement environment with lack of multi-generational medical education and mentorship, which helped other regions to create a multi-generational presence of medical and educational excellence and a critical mass of high-quality providers, clinics, centers.

I do enjoy educating trainees who appreciate learning opportunities. It is also rewarding to experience the patients’ appreciation once they, often times for the first time, able to be properly diagnosed and treated – often in a dramatic, life-changing way.

What does leadership in the Southern Nevada medical community look like to you?

Leadership within the Southern Nevada medical community must acknowledge the issues we have among ourselves, work together with legislation and other stakeholders to build a forceful coalition to advance the cause of improving medical care for our communities.

As the region grows and its industries diversify, it is critical for all of us to offer better care here, to help recruitment of talent and leaders in academia, medical education, sports, technology, and entertainment industries.

What is your perspective on the future of medicine in Southern Nevada?

It is critical to fix the reimbursement environment.  Similarly, importantly we need to engage our community to show examples of outstanding care and how this can represent a meaningful value.  We all should help medical education grow and get stronger, of higher quality.

How did you first get involved with Clark County Medical Society?

I volunteered to serve on committees.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I was born in Hungary (Europe) and my wife was born in Nigeria (Africa) and we met and became a family in another country, the US (America), where our kids were born – representing 3 continents in our family.

If you could change one thing about CCMS, what would it be?

More social events, patient events where members could introduce themselves and their practice to the CCMS community.

Last thoughts: Favorite hobbies?  Favorite junk food? Favorite quote you would like to share? Last book you read?

Favorite hobbies?  Fishing

Favorite junk food?  Whopper

Favorite quote you would like to share? “Leadership is not an affair of the head. Leadership is an affair of the heart.” – James M. Kouzes, The Leadership Challenge

Last book you read? The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness