About Deep Brain Stimulation

Baylor College of Medicine sits at the forefront in the medical and surgical treatment of essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome. Our multidisciplinary, collaborative team includes specialists in:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurology (movement disorders)
  • Psychiatry
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychology
  • Neuropsychology

Our surgical team has experience in a broad range of techniques to provide the most individualized care. This includes extensive experience with "frameless" DBS, "asleep" DBS, image-guided DBS using both intraoperative MRI and Intraoperative CT, and the most advanced electrophysiological equipment to ensure the best possible outcome. We also have an active research program studying brain function in movement disorders to help shape the next generation of technology for DBS.

Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders

Drs. Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, Ashwin Viswanathan, and Michele York discuss deep brain stimulation in this June 2018 DBS 101 session held at Baylor College of Medicine.

The Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has been offering and managing DBS therapy for patients with a variety of movement disorders since the 1990s. While our program has managed over 600 DBS cases since that time, our current database of patients consists of over 300 individuals with this therapy who are actively followed. We implant new DBS systems in patients on a weekly basis. We evaluate existing patients as well as those referred by other physicians for consideration of this treatment.

Parkinson’s disease
 Essential tremor
 Dystonia
 Tourette syndrome

Learn more about DBS for movement disorders.

Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD and Depression

In addition to expertise in movement disorders, through collaboration with our internationally renowned psychiatry and behavior science department, we are the first center in the South Central United States to use DBS in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Though DBS is the procedure of choice for many patients with neuropsychiatric challenges, for some, other minimally invasive techniques may be appropriate. At Baylor, we provide comprehensive care, and can offer treatments including thalamotomy, pallidotomy, capsulotomy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and laser interstitial thermal therapy.

Meet Our Team

Neurosurgeons

Ashwin Viswanathan, M.D.

Director, Functional Neurosurgery
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Sameer Sheth, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Clinical Research
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Movement Disorders Specialists

Joseph Jankovic, M.D.

Director, Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic
Professor of Neurology

Arjun Tarakad, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Specialists

Wayne Goodman, M.D.

Chair, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 

Eric Storch, Ph.D.

Vice Chair and Head of Psychology
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 

Neuropsychologists

Michele K. York, Ph.D.

Head, Division of Neuropsychology
Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Adriana M. Strutt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences