About Neurosurgery for Pain and Movement Disorders 

The neurosurgery team at Baylor College of Medicine has long been a pioneer in functional neurosurgery, using targeted therapies to improve quality of life. We offer advanced treatment options for individuals affected by pain and movement disorders.  


Baylor is unique in offering comprehensive care for trigeminal neuralgia, cancer pain and chronic pain. Our approach to pain management focuses on providing minimally invasive pain treatment techniques to improve quality of life. Proper diagnosis and innovative treatments such as restorative surgical procedures can transform the lives of individuals suffering from pain including:

  • Trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain)
  • Chronic pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Spasticity

Movement Disorders

Baylor is a national leader in deep brain stimulation (DBS), a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of movement disorders. Dr. Viswanathan was the first surgeon in Texas to perform image-guided DBS, and “asleep” DBS. Our mission is to provide advanced state-of-the-art neurosurgical treatment for patients with disabling neurological movement disorders including:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Essential Tremor
  • Dystonia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Tourette Syndrome


Meet Our Team

Ashwin Viswanathan, M.D.

Dr. Viswanathan is one of the few neurosurgeons in the nation with special expertise to treat cancer pain and also specializes in deep brain stimulation. He has a vast experience with complex surgeries for uncontrollable pain, including minimally invasive cordotomy surgery.