Steve W. Wu, MD

Director, Dsytonia and Movement Disorder Clinic

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Pediatric neurology with specialty in pediatric movement disorder; botulinum toxin (Botox) injection for dystonia, spasticity, tics; deep brain stimulation (DBS)


Neuroplasticity; movement disorders; transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS); transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)

Visit the Gilbert / Wu / Pedapati Lab.

Dr. Steve Wu is a pediatric neurologist with interests in children with movement disorders. Drs. Wu, Gilbert (Neurology) and Vadivelu (Neurosurgery) also work together in the Dystonia/Deep Brain Stimulation Clinic to care for children/adolescents with dystonia and complex movement disorders.

Dr. Wu’s research interest focuses on movement disorders and neuroplasticity of the brain. Dr. Wu collaborates with Dr. Donald Gilbert in the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

BA: University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1997.

MD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2003.

Residency: Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2003-2008.

Fellowship: Pediatric Movement Disorders, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008-2009.

Wu SW, Gilbert DL. Measuring neuroplasticity in children using brain stimulation (Commentary). Dev Med Child Neurol. 2015.

Hong YH, Wu SW, Pedapati EV, Horn PS, Huddleston DA, Laue CS, Gilbert DL. Safety and Tolerability of Theta Burst Stimulation versus Single and Paired Pulse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Comparative Study of 165 Pediatric Subjects. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015.

Burrow TA, Sun Y, Prada CE, Bailey L, Zhang W, Brewer A, Wu SW, Setchell K, Witte D, Cohen MB, Grabowski GA. CNS, Lung, and Lymph Node involvement in Gaucher disease type 3 after 11 years therapy: Clinical, Histopathologic, and Biochemical Findings. Mol Genet Metab. 2014.

Chen TH, Wu SW, Dixon S, Shahana N, Huddleston DA, Sarvis AR, Sallee FR, Gilbert DL. Reduced short interval cortical inhibition correlates with atomoxetine response in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). J Child Neurol. 2014;29:1672-9.

Wu SW, Maloney T, Gilbert DL, Dixon SG, Horn PS, Huddleston DA, Eaton K, Vannest J. Functional MRI-navigated Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation over Supplementary Motor Area in Chronic Tic Disorders. Brain Stimulation. 2014;7(2):212–218.

Hedera P, Xiao J, Puschmann A, Momčilović D, Wu SW, LeDoux MS. Novel PRRT2 mutation in an African-American family with paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia. BMC Neurology. 2012;12:93.

Klotz J, Johnson M, Wu SW, Isaacs KM, Gilbert DL. Relationship between Reaction Time Variability and Motor Skill Development in ADHD. Child Neuropsychology. 2012;18:576-585.

Wu SW, Gilbert DL, Shahana N, Huddleston DA, Mostofsky SH. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Measures in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Pediatric Neurology. 2012;47:177-185.

Wu SW, Shahana N, Huddleston DA, Gilbert DL. Effects of 30 Hz Theta Burst Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on the Primary Motor Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 2012;208:161-164.

Wu SW, Shahana N, Huddleston DA, Lewis AN, Gilbert DL. Safety and Tolerability of Theta-Burst Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Children. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2012;54:636-639.