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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.
Melanie Brandabur,M.D.
Ian Bledsoe, M.D., M.S.
Cameron Dietiker, M.D.
Nijee Luthra, M.D., Ph.D
Ethan Brown, M.D.

Fellows

Lauren Spiegel, M.D.
Jennifer Choi, M.D.
Melissa Heiry, M.D.
Fay Goa, 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.
Associate 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

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


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

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


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 - EMG/Clinical Neurophysiology
Rush University Medical Center - Movement Disorders, 2016

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


Cameron Dietiker, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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


Nijee Luthra, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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


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


Fellows


Lauren Spiegel, M.D.
Fellow
Dr. Lauren Spiegel is a clinical fellow in Movement Disorders. She has been a Jack Kent Cooke foundation scholar since its inception in 2001. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology at Emory University. During college, she investigated the modulation of prairie vole pair bonding behavior utilizing stereotactic injections of oxytocin, vasopressin, and opioid antagonists into the reward pathways. She was awarded the Boisfeuillet Jones medal for good citizenship, outstanding leadership, and devoted service to Emory and the community. In medical school, she developed and tested a research protocol for hyperglycemic clamping of Sprague Dawley rats to assess high fat versus high protein diets. Each year during her residency, Dr. Spiegel won a resident teaching award. Her current research interests include novel therapeutics for Parkinson’s disease. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society.

Education
Medical College of Georgia, 2014
Residency
Baylor College of Medicine, 2018
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2020

Jennifer Choi, M.D.
Fellow
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Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 2013
Residency
Emory University School of Medicine 2016
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2018






Melissa Heiry, M.D.
Fellow
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Education
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2013
Residency
University of Utah School of Medicine 2016
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2018







Fay Goa, M.D.
Fellow
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Education
Boston University School of Medicine 2014
Residency
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 2018
Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco, 2020




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