Dystonia and Surgical Movement Disorders Clinic

  • Meet the Team

    The Dystonia and Surgical Movement Disorders Clinic at Cincinnati Children's is home to specialists with a variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs.

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    Physicians

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    Ellen L. Air, MD, PhD
    Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

    513-636-4726

    ellen.air@cchmc.org

    Ellen L. Air, MD, PhD

    Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery

    Phone: 513-636-4726

    Email: ellen.air@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Movement disorders; epilepsy; deep brain stimulation; chronic pain syndromes; spinal cord stimulation

    Biography

    Ellen Air, MD, PhD, joined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery in September 2011. After earning her doctorate and medical degrees at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, she completed her residency in neurosurgery with the UC Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Air continued her training with a fellowship in neurosurgical treatment of epilepsy, movement disorders, and pain at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco VA Medical Center.

    Dr. Air specializes in the use of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of dystonia, a disabling movement disorder which often presents in childhood. She brings particular expertise in the use of real-time magnetic resonance imaging to guide deep brain stimulator placement. This approach allows for highly accurate placement with improved patient comfort. In addition, Dr. Air treats a variety of chronic intractable pain syndromes using spinal cord stimulation which delivers electrical stimulation to the spinal cord, interrupting pain signals traveling to the brain.

    In addition to seeing patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Air is in private practice with Mayfield Clinic. She also serves as assistant professor of neurosurgery and director of the Division of Epilepsy at UC, and is a member of the UC Epilepsy Center and the UC Neuroscience Institute.

    Dr. Air's professional memberships include the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Women in Neurosurgery, and the American Medical Association. She is board-eligible with the American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS).

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2002.

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2004.

    Residency: University of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery 2004-2010.

    Fellowship: Epilepsy, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, San Francisco VA Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco; 2011.

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    Donald L. Gilbert, MD, MS
    Director, Movement Disorder Clinic and Tourette's Syndrome Clinic

    513-636-4222

    donald.gilbert@cchmc.org

    Donald L. Gilbert, MD, MS

    Director, Movement Disorder Clinic and Tourette's Syndrome Clinic

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4222

    Fax: 513-636-3980

    Email: donald.gilbert@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Movement disorders; Tourette's syndrome; Sydenham's chorea; kernicterus; dystonia; ataxia; clinical research; transcranial magnetic stimulation

    Research Interests

    Clinical trials in Tourette's syndrome and associated ADHD; epidemiology of Tourette's syndrome and PANDAS; clinical effectiveness of multi-drug treatments in Tourette's syndrome; transcranial magnetic stimulation in Tourette's syndrome and pediatric movement disorders; functional neurosurgery for pediatric dystonia

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    Biography

    Donald Gilbert, MD, earned his Bachelor of Arts at Princeton University, where he majored in philosophy. He subsequently earned his MD at the University of Michigan and spent a year at the National Institutes of Health as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar. Dr. Gilbert did his pediatrics and neurology training at John Hopkins in Baltimore and is board certified in neurology with special competence in child neurology. Dr. Gilbert has an MS in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan.

    At Cincinnati Children's, Dr. Gilbert directs the Movement Disorders and Tourette's Syndrome Clinics, which specialize in evaluation and pharmacologic treatment of tics, chorea, tremor, dystonia, stereotypies, ataxia, and other movement disorders. Dr. Gilbert directs or participates in a number of single and multi-center studies into causes and treatments of Tourette's Syndrome. Dr. Gilbert directs the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Laboratory at Cincinnati Children's.

    Education and Training

    BA: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1987.

    MD: University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI, 1993.

    MS: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2003.

    Residency: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1995.

    Fellowship: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1995.

    Certification: Board Certified in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology, 2010. Board eligible in Pediatrics.

    Appointment: Associate Professor of Pediatric Neurology.

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    Steve W. Wu, MD

    513-636-4222

    Steve W. Wu, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4222

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    Specialties

    Neuroplasticity; movement disorders; transcranial magnetic stimulation; transcranial magnetic stimulation lab

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    Biography

    Dr. Steve Wu is a pediatric neurologist with interests in children with movement disorders. His 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.

    Education and Training

    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, Cincinnnati OH, 2008-2009.

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