The Stanford Movement Disorders Team
Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, MSE
The John E. Cahill Professor,
Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Director Stanford Movement Disorders Center
Director Stanford Human Motor Control and Balance Laboratory
Dr. Bronte-Stewart received her bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of York in England, her Master's Degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Following her internship in medicine and residency in neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Bronte-Stewart completed post-doctoral fellowships in movement disorders and in single unit electrophysiology and motor control with Dr. Stephen Lisberger, at the University of California in San Francisco. She is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. Her expertise in single neuronal electrophysiology in primates has been transferred to the operating room where she performs the intra-operative microelectrode mapping during deep brain stimulations (DBS) procedures.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart's research goal is to understand how the brain controls movement. She developed computerized technology to measure human movement and currently uses this in conjunction with recordings of neuronal and neural network activity in the brain to correlate brain signals with different movements in Parkinson's Disease, tremor and dystonia. She and her team have discovered that people with Parkinson's Disease may have signature "brain arrhythmias" in the subthalamic nucleus in the brain. These rhythms are reduced by DBS at intensities that improve movement. She and her team are now investigating whether these rhythms are directly associated with abnormal movement and therefore whether that can be used as a biomarker for demand brain pacemakers, similar to demand cardiac pacemakers. They are also investigating whether this abnormal rhythm comes from the cortex and whether this will be another potential site for electrical stimulation to treat movement disorders. Dr. Bronte-Stewart is also very interested in balance and gait disorders and has an active research program in this area.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart has authored or co-authored over 60 articles, abstracts, book chapters and other materials on Parkinson's Disease, deep brain stimulation, and related issues, and has lectured widely on these topics all over North America. Throughout her career she has held many teaching positions, beginning during her undergraduate years with directorships of 2 dance companies. In addition, she has been a principal investigator in several studies of treatments for Parkinson's Disease. Her research has been supported by the generous donations of the Kinetics Foundation, the Vincent Coates Foundation, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Foundation, the John A. Blume Foundation, and the Cahill Family Foundation as well as by the NIH.
Kathleen Poston, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Poston received her Bachelor's of Science in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, her Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering and her MD at Vanderbilt University. She completed her Neurology residency training at UCSF, where she was Chief Resident. She also completed a fellowship in clinical Movement Disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Stanley Fahn at Columbia University and post-doctoral training in Functional Neuroimaging with Dr. David Eidelberg at the Feinstein Institute.
Dr. Poston's clinical expertise focuses on Parkinson's disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and atypical Parkinsonian disorders (Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Cortical Basal Syndrome), with a special interest in the cognitive and non-motor symptoms in these disorders. She also treats patients with dystonia and blepharospasm with botulinum toxin.
Dr. Poston's research uses functional and structural imaging biomarkers that (1) aid in understanding the underlying pathophysiology associated with the motor, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms characteristic of Parkinson’s disease and (2) aid in diagnosis and objectivity track disease progression in clinical trials. She has also been the Principal Investigator for interventional clinical trials in movement disorders, such as Gene Therapy in Parkinson's disease.
Melanie Lising, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Melanie Lising is a board-certified neurologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Stanford University.
Dr. Lising received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cell Biology with an emphasis in Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. She went on to obtain her MD at Chicago Medical School and completed her residency in Neurology at the University of Southern California (USC-LAC) where she served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Lising completed her clinical fellowship in Movement Disorders at UCSF and the SF VA medical centers. She now specializes in the treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia using deep brain stimulation and botulinum toxin therapy, atypical parkinsonian syndromes, Huntington’s disease, ataxia and other movement disorders.
Her research interests include DBS and neuromodulation for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia and their clinical outcomes. Dr. Lising is also interested in investigating common non‐motor symptoms and cognitive functioning in Parkinson’s disease and its relevance to medical and surgical therapeutics and quality of life. She is interested in a multidisciplinary and supportive care approach, including physical and rehabilitative interventions for the late stages of neurodegenerative diseases such as PD and atypical parkinsonian syndromes.
Hokuto Morita, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Hokuto Morita received a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with a Neurobiology emphasis at the University of California at Berkeley, subsequently attaining a Master’s degree in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins, where he did research on cell models of Huntington’s disease and other triplet repeat disorders. Following this, he finished both medical school and internship at Penn State Hershey. He completed his neurology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He then went on to complete a 2 year movement disorders fellowship with a special emphasis in both DBS and hereditary ataxias and choreas at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Okun. During his fellowship he performed approximately 100 intraoperative microelectrode recordings for DBS surgery.
His initial interest in movement disorders stemmed from his own experiences with a movement disorder, but thereafter fell in love with the underlying science. He was very impressed with Dr. Rodolfo Llinas‘s assertion that movement was a key driving force in the evolution of nervous systems. His interest in movement is not just restricted to abnormal movement, but also appreciates the beauty of movement in all of its forms and enjoys watching athletes, dancers, and animals in movement. He regularly attends dance performances and is excited about the possibilities of dance and other expressive movements for the treatment of movement disorders.
Dr. Morita has clinical expertise in the treatment and diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonism, Huntington’s disease, ataxia, tremor, dystonia, myoclonus. He has also written publications related to DBS targeting and management. Dr. Morita has a special research interest in hereditary movement disorders, particularly familial forms of ataxia and chorea, and hyperkinetic movement disorders.
He enjoys working with nonprofit movement disorder patient organizations and has written several patient education articles.
Veronica E. Santini, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Santini received her Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry at the University of Miami before traveling to Boston to complete a Master’s of Arts and her Medical Doctorate Degree at Boston University, School of Medicine. She continued her training there as a Resident in Neurology, becoming chief resident in her final year, as well as her fellowship in Movement Disorders under Dr. Saint Hilaire.
Dr. Santini is a board-certified neurologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Stanford University specializing in the diagnosis and management of movement disorders including Parkinson's disease and atypical parkinsonism, Huntington's disease, dystonia, tic disorder, tremor, & ataxia. Dr. Santini also has a special interest in disorders of the autonomic nervous system which is the primary focus of her research. She takes a holistic approach to patient care and hope to integrate conservative and alternative therapies where appropriate. She is also proficient in the use of DBS and Botox.
Dr. Santini is passionate about medical student and resident education and has taken multiple leadership roles in these areas. She was the first fellow to take on the role of Assistant clerkship director for the medical student Neurology clerkship at Boston University, School of Medicine and has continued in this role at Stanford University. She has mentored over 30 medical students, residents, and fellows and has a keen eye for curriculum development and novel student centered initiatives.
Dr. Santini also is enthusiastic about global health and started an initiative to bring multidisciplinary teams of attendings, trainees, nurses, physical therapists, and pharmacists to travel to Haiti and provide much needed neurologic care. She was recently appointed an ambassador to the St. Luke Foundation in Port-au-Prince and hopes to continue working nationally with other neurologists to bring more continuous neurologic care to underserved areas and expand her focus to Africa and South America.
Laurice Yang, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Laurice Yang received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of California in Berkeley. Subsequently, she earned a master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of Southern California where she received the high honor as a Dean Merit Scholar. She went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed her neurology residency at the University of Southern California where she was appointed Neuroscience Chief Resident and spent the year revamping the entire medical student/resident education curriculum. She completed her clinical training as a movement disorders fellow at the University of California in Los Angeles under Dr. Jeff Bronstein.
Dr. Laurice Yang is a board certified neurologist, specializing in the diagnosis of movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonian disorders, Essential Tremor, and Huntington’s disease. Dr. Yang has a particular interest in dystonia and spasticity and has been trained to perform botulinum toxin injection under ultrasound guidance to better ensure accuracy and efficacy with each procedure.
Dr. Yang’s research interest lies in understanding how rehabilitation and sensorimotor retraining techniques could improve dystonia. Simple interventions such as watching or imagining certain motor tasks can improve motor performance in patients with many neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke and cerebral palsy, however their use in dystonia remains unclear. Dr. Yang’s research involves using these unique rehabilitation techniques to alleviate the symptoms of dystonia.
Diviya Kaul, MD
Dr. Diviya Kaul is currently a movement disorders fellow at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, achieving a departmental honors recognition. She then went on to complete medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine. She successfully completed her internship at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and her neurology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Dr. Kaul has presented at the Movement Disorders Society, Parkinson’s Study Group as well as the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Kaul is passionate about integrating and implementing dance as a joy for people with Parkinson’s disease. Her most notable community work has been bridging dance with those who have Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. As a dancer herself, Dr. Kaul trained with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Dance for PD ® in Brooklyn, NY. During her residency, she created, choreographed and implemented a weekly free dance program for people with Parkinson’s disease and other related movement disorders that continues to be a popular class. Dr. Kaul strives to create a deeper bond and a sense of community with her dancers in dance class and provide the best care for her patients in clinic. She hopes to incorporate her work on a global level.
Katrin Andreasson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Dr. Andreasson is Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and is a neurologist who treats patients with dementia and who is also engaged in basic research in neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Andreasson received her M.D. degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, completed her residency in Neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and carried out her postdoctoral training in the Johns Hopkins Department of Neuroscience, where she began her research studies on the function of brain inflammation in development of neurodegenerative disease. The objectives of her laboratory research are to identify specific inflammatory pathways that may be targeted to prevent and treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
John Barry, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Dr. Barry is the Director of the Neuropsychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinics has a special interest in psychiatric problems of people with epilepsy. He has done studies of depression and psychosis in association with epilepsy, and of the psychiatric mimics of seizures, called psychogenic non-epileptic seizure-like events, also known as psychogenic seizures or pseudoseizures. In patients admitted for video-EEG evaluation, he leads the efforts in making the diagnosis of psychogenic disorders and treating the patients disabled by this condition.
Nikolas Blevins, MD
Larry and Sharon Malcolmson Professor in the School of Medicine
Dr. Nikolas Blevins M.D., received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in Biology before traveling to Boston to complete his medical training at Harvard. In 2003, Dr. Blevins returned to the Stanford Department of Otolaryngology. Currently, he practices at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Dr. Blevins specializes in disorders of the middle ear, inner ear, facial nerve, and skull base. He is a Professor in the Departments of Otology and Neurotology and active member in the Stanford Balance Center. Dr. Blevins has an active research interest in improved cochlear implant development using minimally invasive imaging of the inner ear microanatomy, microsurgical robots for head and neck surgery, and surgical simulation techniques for ear and skull base surgery.
Kim Bullock, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science - Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Bullock is certified in the subspecialty of Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry. She runs an outpatient Neuro-Behavior Clinic and Laboratory with special emphasis on non-pharmacological interventions and evidenced-based psychotherapies for problems such as psychogenic seizures. Her focus is cognitive behavior group therapy and she trains residents, psychology students and therapists in these methods. She currently is investigating the use of group dialectical behavior for non-epileptic seizures.
Gayle K Deutch, PhD
Staff Neuropsychologist and Associate Professor
Clinical and Research Neuropsychologist
Dr. Deutsch has special expertise in evaluation of brain function in people with epilepsy. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Drexel University and completed a pre-doctoral internship the University of Pennsylvania and a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the Staff Neuropsychologist at the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute and Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Seton Hall University, Graduate School of Medical Education. Her research interests are the neural basis of dyslexia and learning disorders and cognitive disorders in epilepsy.
Jun Ding, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Ding received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the East China Normal University, his Master’s degree in Neurobiology from the Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Science, and his PhD from the Northwestern University. Following a postdoctoral stint at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ding is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences.
Dr. Ding seeks to understand the connections between cellular events and circuit mechanisms underlying motor behavior. Dr. Ding is interested in researching the interconnected relationships between the motor cortex, sensory cortex, thalamus and basal ganglia. The laboratory uses combined electrophysiology, state-of-the-art 2-photon laser scanning microscopy and 2-photon laser uncaging to study synaptic connections and neurotransmitter release in deep neural tissues. The laboratory also employs mouse genetics, optogenetics and genetics techniques to further their research goals.
Dr. Ding’s long term goals are to construct functional motor circuit diagrams and discover the relationships between specific groups of neurons, circuit function, animal motor behavior and motor learning; thereby, the processes by which basal ganglia process information and guide motor behavior can be elucidated. This is of particular importance in constructing the details of psychomotor disorder circuit diagrams, such as the pathophysiological changes in Parkinson’s disease. His research has been supported by the John A. Blume Foundation, the Klingenstein Foundation as well as by the NIH.
Aaron D. Gitler, PhD
Associate Professor, Genetics
Aaron Gitler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at Stanford University, where his research focuses on genetic and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. He received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2004 from the University of Pennsylvania. He did postdoctoral research at the Whitehead Institute. In 2007, he established his laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania where he used a combination of yeast and human genetics to discover new genetic contributors to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In 2012, he moved his laboratory to Stanford University, where he continues his research into mechanisms of neurodegeneration, combining high-throughput genetic screen using yeast as a model system with state-of-the-art neurogenetics approaches to define novel human disease genes.
Casey H. Halpern, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Halpern received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Neurosurgery and fellowship training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Following his residency and fellowship training, he joined the Neurosurgery faculty at Stanford University to partner with Dr. Jaimie Henderson to continue to build the movement disorder surgery program. Dr. Halpern is an expert in minimally invasive, surgical approaches to movement disorders, epilepsy and chronic pain. He is active in translational research to expand the indications of deep brain stimulation to psychiatric disorders and even conditions such as obesity. He collaborates closely with Robert Malenka, M.D., Ph.D., (Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience) on the development of smart technologies to treat these disorders. Together, they are exploring the ability to detect electrical signals in the brain that predict impulsive behavior such as binge eating. Such an electric biomarker may be successful at triggering reactive stimulation to block binge eating, potentially inducing weight loss and relief of type 2 diabetes in obesity.
Jaimie Henderson, MD
John and Jene Blume - Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor
Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Dr. Henderson received his MD from Chicago's Rush Medical College, completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Saint Louis University and fellowship training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Following his residency and fellowship training, he developed the movement disorders surgery program at St. Louis University, where he remained on staff for 7 years. He then moved to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he developed innovative surgical techniques for DBS placement. He has directed the Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery program at Stanford since 2004.
Dr. Henderson is an expert in the surgical treatment of movement disorders and chronic pain, and is active in research to improve stereotactic navigation and the efficacy of neuromodulatory therapies for movement disorders, pain, and other neurological diseases. Dr. Henderson is one of the world's foremost experts on the application of image-guided surgical techniques to functional neurosurgical procedures such as the placement of DBS for movement disorders, epilepsy, pain, and psychiatric diseases. This innovative technology has revolutionized the practice of neurosurgery, allowing for safer and more effective operations with reduced operating time. His groundbreaking work on frameless functional neurosurgery has become the standard technique for many neurosurgeons throughout the world.
Dr. Henderson's research encompasses several areas of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. He collaborates closely with Krishna Shenoy, Ph.D., (Departments of Neuroscience and Electrical Engineering) on the development of neural prosthetic systems and understanding of the cortical control of movement. His work with Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D. (Departments of Psychiatry and Bioengineering) explores the combination of gene therapy and light to understand the circuitry of Parkinson's disease and to develop innovative new therapies for brain and spinal cord disorders. Formerly the president of the North American Neuromodulation Society, Dr. Henderson continues to spearhead policy efforts at state and national levels to ensure access to neuromodulation technologies for patients with severe chronic disease.
Jin Hyung Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology, of Neurosurgery and of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering
Dr. Jin Hyung Lee is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Neurosurgery, and Electrical Engineering (Courtesy) at Stanford University. Dr. Lee received her Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and Masters and Doctoral degree from Stanford University, all in Electrical Engineering. She is a recipient of the 2008 NIH/NIBIB K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, the 2010 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the 2010 Okawa Foundation Research Grant Award, and the 2011 NSF CAREER Award, the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the 2012 Epilepsy Therapy Project award, the 2013 Alzheimer’s Association New Investigator Award. As an Electrical Engineer by training with Neuroscience research interest, her goal is to analyze, debug, and engineer the brain circuit through innovative technology.
Andrei Iagaru, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology (Nuclear Medicine)
Dr. Iagaru is an Assistant Professor of Radiology - Nuclear Medicine and the Co-Chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at Stanford University Medical Center. He completed medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania, and an internship at Drexel University College of Medicine, Graduate Hospital, in the Department of Medicine in Philadelphia. He began his residency at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, in the Division of Nuclear Medicine, where he was the chief resident. Dr. Iagaru finished his residency and completed a PET/CT fellowship at Stanford University's School of Medicine in the Division of Nuclear Medicine. His research interests include PET/MRI and PET/CT for early cancer detection; clinical translation of novel PET radiopharmaceuticals; peptide- based diagnostic imaging and therapy; radioimmunotherapy.
Over the past six years since joining the faculty at Stanford, Dr. Iagaru has received several awards including the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) 2009 Image of the Year Award; American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM) Mid-Winter Conference 2010 Best Essay Award; 2009 Western Regional SNM Scientist Award; 2011 SNM Nuclear Oncology Council Young Investigator Award; and a Stanford Cancer Center 2009 Developmental Cancer Research Award in Translational Science. Dr. Iagaru presented more than 90 abstracts at national and international meetings and published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as 7 book chapters.
Safwan Jaradeh, MD
Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Director, Autonomic Disorders Program
Dr. Jaradeh's clinical interests include autonomic disorders, small fiber neuropathies and the development of effective methods of testing and treating these disorders. Prior work has focused on small fiber, painful and autonomic neuropathies; syncope and syndromes of orthostatic intolerance including postural orthostatic tachycardia (POTS); gastrointestinal motility dysfunction; cyclic vomiting; neurology of gastroesophageal reflux; non-allergic rhinitis syndromes; and the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and normal or abnormal sleep. Additional areas of interest include the neurology of phonation and swallowing disorders, autoimmune neuromuscular disorders, hereditary neuropathies, and peripheral nerve injury and repair.
Dr. Jaradeh is board certified in Neurology and in Clinical Neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also board certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and board certified in Autonomic Disorders by the UCNS Board of the American Autonomic Society.
Prior to his arrival at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Jaradeh was the Chair and a Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin from 2000 to 2011.
Dr. Jaradeh is passionate about teaching. He won several teaching awards in Wisconsin, and more recently won the L. Forno Award for Teaching Excellence in the Neurology Department in 2013. He was also nominated by Stanford medical students in 2013 for the Neurology Clerkship Award. He has also been included in Top Doctors list for more than a decade.
Geoffrey Kerchner, MD, PhD
Consulting Associate Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Kerchner sees patients at the Stanford Center for Memory Disorders and serves as a consultant for ongoing research studies on aging and early Alzheimer's disease, in addition to his full-time role as Associate Medical Director of Early Clinical Development at Genentech, Inc. Dr. Kerchner graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude in biochemical sciences and obtained his MD and PhD degrees at Washington University School of Medicine. At University of California, San Francisco, he completed residency training in neurology, served as chief resident, and went on to complete fellowships in neuroscience and in behavioral neurology. Dr. Kerchner is board-certified both in neurology and in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. From 2009-2015, he was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, where he pursued NIH-sponsored research in high-resolution neuroimaging and directed the Alzheimer's disease clinical trials program.
Y. Joyce Liao, MD PhD
Director, Stanford Human Ocular Motor Center
Dr. Liao is a physician scientist who has clinical and research expertise on the diagnosis and treatment of visual dysfunction - a common problem in patients with movement disorders. These issues include double vision, eye movement abnormalities, and vision loss. For her training, Dr. Liao graduated from Harvard University in Biochemical Sciences and received her MD and PhD in Neuroscience from University of California San Francisco Medical Scientist Training Program. She completed her clinical training in neurology at Stanford and neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. For her research, Dr. Liao has been supported by many grants, including a K08 award from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, Career Award in Biomedical Sciences from the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation, Weston Havens Foundation, Center for Biomedical Imaging, and the McCormick Award. Her research has been recognized by the Investigator of the Year Award from the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and the S. Weir Mitchell Award from the American Academy of Neurology.
Seoni Llanes, PhD
Clinical Instructor (Affiliated), Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Seoni Llanes, Ph.D. is Clinical Instructor (Affiliated) in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has expertise in the assessment of memory and other cognitive functions in normal aging, neurodegenerative disease, medical conditions and in psychiatric disease. She received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago Medical School/ University of Health Sciences. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at University of California at Davis and the VA Northern California, Martinez. She previously worked at Kaiser Permanente-Santa Clara, Geriatric Medicine and the Memory Clinic.
Katherine Mackenzie, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Katherine Mackenzie is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital of Stanford University.
Dr. Mackenzie received her B.A. with honors from Stanford and her M.D. from the University of California, Irvine. She trained in pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles. She then went on to train in child neurology at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in movement disorders at Stanford under the aegis of Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart, and followed that with a fellowship focused on pediatric movement disorders with Dr. Jonathan Mink at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Mackenzie directs the LPCH movement disorders clinic, focusing on disorders such as dystonia, chorea, tremor, ataxia, tics, and Tourette Syndrome. She is a member of the Child Neurology Society and the Movement Disorders Society.
Mitchell Miglis, MD
Clinical Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Miglis received his B.S. in Biology from the University of North Florida and his MD from the University of Florida. After serving as a medical intern at Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University, he completed his neurology residency at Bellevue and NYU Hospital in New York City. He then completed two fellowships, the first in Autonomic Disorders at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical school, and the second in Sleep Medicine at the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center. Dr Miglis is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Miglis treats a wide variety of neurological diseases and has a special interest in Autonomic Disorders, Sleep Disorders, and the interaction between these conditions.
Thomas Montine, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman of Pathology
Dr. Montine is the founding Director of the Pacific Northwest Udall Center, one of 9 NINDS-funded Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research. Our center performs basic, translational, and clinical research focused on cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease. The Pacific Northwest Udall Center emphasizes a vision for precision health that comprises functional genomics, development of surveillance tools for pre-clinical detection, and discovery of molecularly tailored therapies.
Srikanth Muppidi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Muppidi is a clinical assistant professor in the autonomic and neuromuscular divisions. After finishing medical school in South India, he obtained MRCP (London) before moving to the US and completed neurology residency training at Thomas Jefferson University and neuromuscular fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in clinical care and diagnostic testing for various autonomic disorders and neuromuscular disorders. His clinical interests include various types of neuropathies, Myasthenia gravis, and autonomic disorders. His research interests include treatment and outcome measures in Myasthenia Gravis, methods to detect early autonomic impairment in diabetes and diagnosis and management of immune/neurodegenerative causes of autonomic failure.
Dr Muppidi is board certified in Neurology and in Neuromuscular disorders by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also board certified in Autonomic Disorders by the UCNS Board of American Autonomic Society.
He has been an Assistant Professor in Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2009.
Gerald Popelka, MD, PhD
Consulting Professor of Otolaryngology
Dr. Popelka holds a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin with an emphasis in neuroscience, and a two year post doctoral research fellowship in otolaryngology from UCLA. Prior to these he earned a masters degree in audiology from Kent State University and maintains certification in audiology. He was a faculty member for 24 years at Washington University in St. Louis and joined the Otolaryngology faculty at Stanford in 2004.
As Chief of the Audiology division in the Department of Otolaryngology he is responsible for audiological services provided by a team of experienced audiologists. These services include basic audiological measures and advanced auditory physiological measures that include auditory evoked potentials, intraoperative monitoring during cochlear implant surgery and auditory monitoring of the effects of ototoxic drugs commonly used in cancer therapy. The division also provides and fits of comprehensive range of hearing devices including conventional hearing aids and a large range of special hearing devices including surgical implanted bone conduction devices and cochlear implants and non-surgical dental devices. He also is responsible for vestibular diagnostic services that include conventional caloric measures and a variety of special measures that contribute to the Stanford Balance Center.
Sharon Sha, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Sha received her Bachelor’s degrees in Cognitive Science and Molecular Cell Biology emphasizing in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley. She went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Physiology and MD from Georgetown University. She trained in Neurology at UCLA and Stanford University and completed a clinical and research fellowship in behavioral neurology at UCSF where she focused on identifying biomarkers for genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia and caring for patients with movement disorders and cognitive impairment.
Dr. Sha’s clinical expertise include Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy Body disease, corticobasal syndrome, progressive supranuclear palsy, Huntington’s disease, ataxia, multiple system atrophy, and other dementias. She is currently co-director of the Huntington’s disease and Ataxia clinic with Dr. Veronica Santini.
Dr. Sha’s non-clinical time is spent conducting clinical trials in order to identify disease modifying treatments for dementia. She has a special interest in genetic forms of dementia and the cognitive impairment in parkinsonian-related disorders. She is also director of the Stanford Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Clinical Fellowship.
Carly Siskind, MS, LCGC
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences (Affiliated), Genetic Counselor
Carly Siskind joined the Stanford Multi-disciplinary Huntington's Disease/Ataxia Clinic in 2013. She previously worked in a neuro-genetics clinic at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she saw patients with Huntington disease, spinocerebellar ataxias, and other central nervous system genetic disorders. She provides pre-symptomatic genetic counseling for people at risk for adult onset genetic conditions, as well as symptomatic genetic counseling for people who are affected with a condition. In addition to the HD/Ataxia Clinic, Ms. Siskind is part of the Stanford neuromuscular team.
Ms. Siskind obtained her Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. She was board certified by the National Society of Genetic Counselors in 2009 and licensed by the state of California in 2011.
Brent Solvason, MD, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science - Psychopharmacology
Dr. Solvason’s work is focused on novel interventional treatment approaches for treatment resistant unipolar and bipolar depression. His studies include using radiosurgical neuromodulation for refractory bipolar depression and DBS for unipolar depression. He is also working with children in Sub Saharan Africa, primarily focused on methods to assess well-being and long term outcomes for these vulnerable children.
Simon Tan, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Tan received his bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, doctorate in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tan also completed a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in clinical neuropsychology in both adult inpatient and outpatient settings at the Behavioral Neurology Unit, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Cambridge Hospital at Harvard.
Dr. Tan performs the formal neuropsychologic testing for patients considering deep brain stimulation therapy. This evaluation is an integral part of the preoperative evaluation process.
Veronica Canchola, BSN, RN
Veronica graduated in 2011 from San Jose State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. She began her nursing career at UCLA Ronald Reagan in 2011 in the Acute Medicine stepdown unit. In 2013 Veronica helped to open the doors to Stanford's General Neurology stepdown unit H1. Veronica joined the Movements Disorders Clinic in July 2016. Currently, she coordinates the Huntington’s disease and ataxia multidisciplinary clinic.
Sarah Kahn, MS, RN
Sarah earned her BSN from the University of Arizona and an MS from University of California San Francisco. Her Composition paper outlined the difference between medical therapy and DBS in Parkinson's disease patients and was inspired by her time at the San Francisco VA Parkinson’s Center during graduate school. She previously worked on a cardiac and stroke unit at John Muir health. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, Pilates, and scuba diving.
Lauren Stroshane, MSN, RN
Nurse Coordinator, Neurology
Lauren earned her BSN and MSN from San Francisco State University in 2014. Her Master's thesis outlined a program to help patients manage their own symptoms of PD & depression and was inspired by her time at the San Francisco VA Parkinson’s Center. She joined Stanford Movement Disorders in April 2015 and currently coordinates the Deep Brain Stimulation program. In her prior career, Lauren taught English as a Second Language to adult students from around the world. She is very fond of animals, hiking, music, and science fiction.
Thomas Prieto, PhD
Dr. Prieto received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University. He was Associate Professor of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin before coming to Stanford Healthcare in 2014. He provides technical support for the autonomic testing lab and for the deep brain stimulation surgeries for movement disorders. His primary interests are in instrumentation and signal processing methods for the evaluation of autonomic and movement disorders.
Russell Mendonca, BA, CAP
Russell received his bachelors in Biology and Psychology(with honors) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He currently splits his time in the Movement Disorders Balance Lab and in the Autonomic lab. Prior experience includes sports medicine and physical therapy. His interests include Neurodiagnostics, Deep Brain Stimulation, Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremor, gait disorders, balance disorders, and autonomic dysfunction. Russell is credentialed in Autonomic testing
Coordinator, Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach Program
Robin has been working part-time at Stanford since 2009, providing Parkinson's and atypical parkinsonism resources, information, referrals, and support to those with a diagnosis, caregivers, and healthcare professionals in Northern and Central California.
Amee Jaiswal, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Huntington's/Ataxia Clinic
Amee obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at UC Riverside and completed her Master of Social Work at San Jose State University. In 2002, she became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Since 2002, she has worked as a clinician in a therapeutic setting focused on psychotherapy and attachment therapy for parents and children. Amee joined the Stanford Multi-disciplinary Huntington's Disease/Ataxia Clinic in 2012. Her role as a clinical social worker is to provide supportive and crisis counseling including adjustment/coping with illness and hospitalization. She also assesses for resource need and provides referrals to community/medical related resources. Amee has particular experience with persons from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Steven Russell was the primary caregiver for his late father who had Parkinson's and has volunteered to work in the Parkinson's community for more than 15 years. Steven currently works at the Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach Program and coordinates several Parkinson's caregiver-only support groups. Steven has a BA Degree in International Relations.
Perla joined the Movement Disorders team in January of 2016 as the Administrative Associate for the Movement Disorders team. She previously worked in the Neurosurgery Dept. at Stanford in 2015. She provides support to Drs. Helen Bronte-Stewart, Kathleen Poston, Laurice Yang, Melanie Lising, Hokuto Morita, and Veronica Santini. She also supports the research team. Her interests are Brain Radio Research, Deep Brain Stimulation and the Dance for Parkinson’s program.