Movement Disorders

The UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center provides surgical management of Parkinson’s disease; dystonia (pediatric and adult, including spasmodic torticollis); essential tremor; post-stroke tremor; spasticity (pediatric and adult); and severe obsessive compulsive disorder. We are one of the busiest deep brain stimulation (DBS) implanting centers on the West Coast, with over 1,000 patient visits per year.

Our faculty have also developed a novel method of DBS implantation, which is done within an MRI scanner and uses an innovative skull-mounted aiming device. This technique offers real-time imaging to guide electrode placement and can be performed while patients are under general anesthesia.

The UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center also has an active clinical research and basic science research program aimed at further understanding the pathophysiology of movement disorders, identification of structural and functional brain changes, the development of novel DBS implantation techniques, the use of gene therapy in Parkinson’s disease, and the evaluation of patient outcomes after deep brain stimulation treatment. 


Educational Programs



Movement Disorders Program

Department of Neurological Surgery
400 Parnassus Ave, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
tel (415) 353-2071