Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation

Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation
Jill Ostrem, MD - Division Chief

Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center

New Patients

The UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center is one of the busiest deep brain stimulation implanting centers on the West Coast with a wide referral base. Over 1,500 patients have been implanted with DBS at UCSF.



Ian Bledsoe, MD, MS
Ethan Brown, MD
Cameron Dietiker, MD
Nicholas Galifianakis, MD, MPH 
Samuel Goldman, MD, MPH
Maya Katz, MD 
Nijee Luthra, MD, PhD
James Maas, MD, PhD 
Jill Ostrem, MD 
Marta San Luciano, MD, MS 
Andreea Seritan, MD
Caroline Tanner, MD, PhD 


Mitra Afshari, MD, MPH
Fay Gao, MD
Lauren Spiegel, MD


We have an active clinical research and basic science research program. Highlights:

  • Clinical trial using infusion immunotherapy for Parkinson’s disease (PD) starts soon (Tanner PI).
  • Enrolling clinical trial for novel PD medication in idiopathic and genetic forms of PD (Tanner PI).
  • First cortical stimulation for treatment of PD related mood disorders implanted under IDE approved NIH Study (Starr).
  • New trial of telemedicine in PD palliative care initiated (Galifianakis).Two largest studies of PD telemedicine published recently (Galifianakis, Tanner, Katz).