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Jill L. Ostrem, M.D.
Nicholas B. Galifianakis, M.D., M.P.H.
Marta San Luciano, M.D., M.S.
Maya Katz, M.D.
James Maas, M.D., Ph.D.
Caroline Tanner,M.D., Ph.D.
Robert White, M.D., Ph.D.
Melanie Brandabur,M.D.
Ian Bledsoe,M.D., M.S.

Fellows
Cameron Dietiker, M.D.
Nijee Luthra, M.D., Ph.D
Ethan Brown, M.D.
Kyle Mitchell, M.D.
Mitra Afshari, M.D.





Jill L. Ostrem, M.D.
Medical Director, Surgical Movement Disorders Center
Professor of Neurology

Dr. Jill Ostrem specializes in the medical and surgical treatments of movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia. She is particularly interested in treatments such as deep brain stimulation and gene therapy as well as the use of neurotoxins such as botulinum toxin therapy.

Dr. Ostrem earned a medical degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in movement disorders at UCLA Medical Center. She is an Professor of Neurology at the UCSF School of Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society.

Education
George Washington University School of Medicine 1998
Residency
UCLA Medical Center, Neurology 2002
Fellowship
UCLA Medical Center, 2003

For more information please visit Dr. Ostrem's UCSF Profile


Nicholas B. Galifianakis, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director Movement Disorders Fellowship


Dr. Nicholas Galifianakis specializes in a comprehensive approach to the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Treatments include deep brain stimulation (DBS), botulinum toxin injections and medications. His research interests include clinical outcomes in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, such as the use of new interventional MRI techniques. He is also interested in the pre-clinical, non-motor aspects of Parkinson’s disease, and developing more complete models of care for advanced Parkinson's disease. Dr. Galifianakis earned a medical degree and completed a neurology residency at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he served as chief resident. He completed a movement disorders fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and UCSF. Galifianakis is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UCSF School of Medicine. He also sees patients at the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC), a Veterans Affairs center of excellence. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society.

Education
University of Southern California (USC) 2003
Residency
USC Medical Center, Neurology 2007
Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Neurology 2008

For more information please visit Dr. Galifianakis' UCSF Profile



Marta San Luciano, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Marta San Luciano specializes in the diagnosis and management of movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor and myoclonus. She is particularly interested in clinical genetics of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, and in biomarker development and outcome measures in movement disorders. She received her MD degree from the University of Navarre in Spain, and her MS in clinical research methods from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Neurology at Boston University Medical Center in 2007 following an internship in Internal Medicine at Metropolitan Hospital in New York. During 2007-2010 she served as a clinical and research fellow in Movement Disorders at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. She was awarded a Clinical Research Training Fellowship Award by The American Academy of Neurology in 2008. Dr. San Luciano is board certified in Neurology and is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Movement Disorder Society and the Parkinson Study Group.

Education
University of Navarre
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency
Boston University Medical Center, Neurology 2007
Fellowship
Beth Israel Medical Center, Movement Disorders 2010

For more information please visit Dr. San Luciano's UCSF Profile


Maya Katz, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Dr. Maya Katz specializes in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Her research interests include identifying disease modification strategies and improving outcomes for patients treated with deep brain stimulation. She is also interested in developing multidisciplinary clinical approaches that incorporate palliative care principles.

Dr. Katz obtained her medical degree at Cornell University. She completed her residency in Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She then completed her Movement Disorders Fellowship at UCSF in 2013. Dr. Katz is board certified in Neurology and is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

Education
Cornell University Medical College, 2007
Residency
Mount Sinai Medical Center, 2011
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2013

For more information please visit Dr. Katz's UCSF Profile


James Maas, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Dr. James Maas specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and others. His research interests include the molecular basis of neuron dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Maas earned a medical degree and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He then completed an internship, residency in neurology, and fellowship training in movement disorders at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Education
Washington University School of Medicine, 2006
Residency
University of California, San Francisco, 2010
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2012

Caroline Tanner, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology University of California
Director, Parkinson's Disease Research Education and Clinical Center San Francisco Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
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Caroline M. Tanner, MD, PhD, FAAN, is the Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Professor in the Department of Neurology, University of California – San Francisco. Her clinical practice specializes in movement disorders. Her research interests include investigations of the descriptive epidemiology, environmental and genetic determinants, biomarkers, early detection, nonmotor disease features and interventions for the secondary prevention, disease modification and symptomatic treatment of movement disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Tanner and her colleagues have identified associations between exposures including certain pesticides, solvents and persistent environmental pollutants and increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, and a greater risk in individuals with certain genetic variants (gene-environment interaction).

Dr. Tanner is past co-chair of the Parkinson Study Group (PSG) and has conducted numerous clinical trials with the PSG and other groups. Other research interests include work to facilitate collaborative research and improve patient access to research and clinical care, locally and internationally, including telemedicine, use of mobile technology and patient reported outcomes. An additional area of focus is the identification of PD-associated biomarkers (Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, LABS-PD studies).

Dr. Tanner serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association, on the Linked Clinical Trials Committee of the Cure Parkinson’s Trust, and on committees for NIH and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Her honors include the AAN Movement Disorders Research Award in 2012 and the White House Champions of Change for Parkinson’s in 2015.

Education
Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine, 1976
Residency
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, 1979
Fellowship
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, 1982



Robert White, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Dr. Robert White specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, ataxia, and others. His is particularly interested in the cognitive manifestations of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. His research uses advanced MRI brain imaging to understand the contributions of dopamine to cognitive function in healthy adults and patients with PD.

Dr. White earned his medical degree and doctorate in neuroscience from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He then completed residency in neurology and fellowship training in behavioral neurology and movement disorders at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Education
Washington University School of Medicine, 2007
Residency
University of California, San Francisco, 2011
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2012

Melanie Brandabur, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
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Dr. Brandabur received her BA degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana and her MD degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. She completed her neurology residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. While there, she completed a Fellowship in Movement Disorders and Pharmacology under the direction of Doctors Harold Klawans and Christopher Goetz. This was followed by a post-doctoral basic sciences Fellowship in Neurodegenerative Diseases with Dr. Elliott Mufson. She also studied at the Hospital de la Salpetriere in Paris, France under Dr. Yves Agid. Dr. Brandabur is a member of the Movement Disorder Society and the American Academy of Neurology. She served as the Medical Director of three separate National Parkinson Foundation Centers of Excellence; at University of Illinois, at Alexian Neurosciences Institute and at the Parkinson’s Institute. As a clinician, Dr. Brandabur is interested in a multidisciplinary approach, with an emphasis on exercise and nutrition, in addition to medication. Dr Brandabur is currently working at Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals as a Medical Director, where she works on the development of therapeutic agents for rare diseases. She has an appointment to UCSF as Volunteer Clinical Faculty.

Education
University of Illinois
Residency
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center,
Fellowship
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center,

Ian Bledsoe, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Dr. Ian Bledsoe specializes in the diagnosis and management of dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, tremors, and other movement disorders with treatment approaches including medication management, botulinum toxin injections, and deep brain stimulation (DBS). His research interests include neuroimaging and dystonia. As a conservatory-trained violinist, he has an additional interest in musician’s dystonia.

Dr. Bledsoe received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency and an EMG/neurophysiology fellowship at Stanford University. He completed fellowship training in movement disorders at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Bledsoe is board certified in Neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, and the Performing Arts Medicine Association.

Education
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2009
Residency
Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, 2013
Fellowship
Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, 2014


Fellows


Cameron Dietiker, M.D.
Fellow
CDCameron Dietiker, MD is a completing a movement disorders fellowship with extensive clinical training focused on Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and other various movement disorders. Her training also provides experience with deep brain stimulation and neurotoxin injections. Prior to her fellowship, she completed a Neurology residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Now in her second year of fellowship, she is spending more time on clinical research endeavors.



Education
New York Medical College, 2011
Residency
University California, San Francisco, 2014
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2017

Ethan Brown, M.D.
Fellow
EBDr. Ethan Brown is a clinical fellow in Movement Disorders. He completed his medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College and his neurology residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also served as chief resident of the VA service. During residency, he focused on improving delirium in hospitalized patients, and was involved in rolling out a delirium-care pathway on the Neurology ward. The pathway has since been applied to the rest of the hospital, changing the protocol for screening and caring for confused patients in the hospital. Within Movement Disorders, Dr. Brown’s interest lies in improving care and understanding of the non-motor aspects of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and other movement disorders. His research interests in particular include understanding the spectrum and progression of cognitive dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease.

Education
Weill Cornell Medical College, 2012
Residency
University California, San Francisco, 2016
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2018

Nijee Luthra, M.D., Ph.D.
Fellow
NLDr. Nijee Luthra obtained her degree in Medicine as well as a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. She completed her residency in Neurology at University of California, Davis Medical Center, where she also served as a Chief Resident. She is interested in movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and tardive dyskinesia and treatments including deep brain stimulation and botulinum toxin therapy. She is pursuing a Movement Disorders Fellowship at UCSF/San Francisco VA, to be completed in 2017.


Education
Loyola University Chicago, Stricht School of Medicine, 2011
Residency
University of California, Davis Medical Center, 2015
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2017

Kyle Mitchell, M.D.
Fellow
KMDr. Kyle Mitchell is completing a fellowship for specialized training in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, dystonia, and other movement disorders. His research interests include deep brain stimulation (DBS) clinical outcomes and the physiology of DBS. His fellowship also involves extensive training in neurotoxin injections. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his Neurology residency at Washington University in St Louis. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society.


Education
Medical College of Georgia, 2012
Residency
Washington University School of Medicine, 2016
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2018

Mitra Afshari, M.D., M.P.H.
Fellow
MitraDr. Mitra Afshari hails from Chicago, IL where she completed her undergraduate, medical school, and residency training at Northwestern University. Throughout the years, she has undoubtedly demonstrated her dedication to academia and translating ideas into reality. During her undergraduate years, she completed a rigorous curriculum in Biomedical Engineering and was actually recognized for her outstanding research thesis work at her graduation. During medical school, she again excelled and completed an MD and an MPH during her 4 years. Mitra traveled to Mexico, India, and Uganda during these 4 years in her dedication to Global Health for both clinical and research-related trips. Interestingly, she contributed to the initial field research required to launch a point-of-care, rapid infant HIV diagnostic device in Uganda, bridging her Biomedical Engineering, Medical, and Public Health backgrounds.

Now Mitra has chosen to dedicate herself to the dynamic field of Movement Disorders. She has already participated in multiple Movement Disorders workshops during her residency and has embarked on her own research study into the motivators and barriers that impact exercise participation in Parkinson’s Disease; the latter was presented at 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Berlin in June 2016. Her research interests in Movement Disorders include the epidemiology of Parkinson’s Disease, telemedicine, and DBS quality-improvement methods.

Education
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 2012
Residency
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 2016
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2018



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