Bio

Bio


Dr. Montaser Kouhsari is a board-certified, fellowship-trained movement disorders neurologist and clinical assistant professor at Stanford University.

Her clinical interests include treating cognitive, motor, and non-motor impairments due to Parkinson's disease, atypical Parkinsonism (Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Cortical Basal Syndrome), tremor, and ataxia. Dr. Montaser Kouhsari also assesses and manages Deep Brain Stimulations (DBS) treatment for Parkinson's disease and tremor. Her research interests include underlying mechanisms through which Parkinson's disease affects memory, executive function, and decision-making. She is also investigating the role of cognition as a biomarker for early diagnosis of movement disorders.

Before joining Stanford University, Dr. Montaser Kouhsari was a fellow in the movement disorders center at Columbia University and Zuckerman Institute. She completed her post-doctoral training in neuroimaging of cognitive processes such as decision-making at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and her neurology residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She earned her M.D. from Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS) and her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from New York University (NYU).

Dr. Montaser Kouhsari's work has appeared in the Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Neuroscience, Neuropsychologia, Journal of Vision, and Vision Research. She has been featured in Neurology Today news. She has presented at meetings held by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the American Neurological Association (ANA), Society for Neuroscience (SFN), and the Movement Disorders Society (MDS).

Dr. Montaser Kouhsari has received the woman in neuroscience award to attend the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the Friends of Katzell research fellowship, and the Seaver Foundation Graduate Student award. She was honored to receive the National Institute of Health R25 training research grant before joining Stanford University.

Dr. Montaser Kouhsari is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and Movement Disorders Society.

Clinical Focus


  • Neurology
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Atypical Parkinsonian Disorders
  • Deep Brain Stimulation

Academic Appointments


Professional Education


  • Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Ctr Neurology Program (2020) NY
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology (2018)
  • Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Neurology Residency (2018) NY
  • Internship: Richmond University Medical Center Internal Medicine (2015) NY
  • Post-Doc, California Institute of Technology, Cognitive Neuroimaging (2014)
  • PhD, New York University, Cognitive Psychology (2010)
  • Medical Education: Iran University of Medical Sciences (2004) Iran

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