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Director, Movement Disorder Clinic and Tourette's Syndrome Clinic

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

My Biography & Research


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.

Additional Languages

French, Spanish

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 ataxia; genetics of Tourette's syndrome; transcranial magnetic stimulation in Tourette syndrome, ADHD, and neurofibromatosis; functional neurosurgery for pediatric dystonia

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Neurology, Tourette Syndrome, Dystonia and Surgical Movement Disorders, Rasopathy, Neurology

My Locations

My Education

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.

Pediatrics, Child Neurology Residency: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1998.

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

Appointment: Professor of Pediatric Neurology.

My Publications

Motor cortex facilitation: a marker of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder co-occurrence in autism spectrum disorder. Pedapati, EV; Mooney, LN; Wu, SW; Erickson, CA; Sweeney, JA; Shaffer, RC; Horn, PS; Wink, LK; Gilbert, DL. Translational Psychiatry. 2019; 9.

Inflammation in Tic Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Are PANS and PANDAS a Path Forward?. Gilbert, DL. Journal of Child Neurology. 2019; 34:598-611.

Motor cortex inhibition and modulation in children with ADHD. Gilbert, DL; Huddleston, DA; Wu, SW; Pedapati, EV; Horn, PS; Hirabayashi, K; Crocetti, D; Wassermann, EM; Mostofsky, SH. Neurology. 2019; 93:E599-E610.

Interrogating the Genetic Determinants of Tourette's Syndrome and Other Tic Disorders Through Genome-Wide Association Studies. Yu, D; Sul, JH; Tsetsos, F; Nawaz, MS; Huang, AY; Zelaya, I; Illmann, C; Osiecki, L; Darrow, SM; Hirschtritt, ME; et al. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2019; 176:217-227.

European advocacy organizations respond to PANS/PANDAS article Reply. Gilbert, DL; Mink, JW; Singer, HS. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 204:326-327.

Action in the face of uncertainty? Reply. Gilbert, DL; Mink, JW; Singer, HS. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 204:324-325.

Treatment of tourette syndrome: Medical therapy. Gilbert, DL. Current Clinical Neurology. : Springer International Publishing; Springer International Publishing; 2019.

De Novo Sequence and Copy Number Variants Are Strongly Associated with Tourette Disorder and Implicate Cell Polarity in Pathogenesis. Wang, S; Mandell, JD; Kumar, Y; Sun, N; Morris, MT; Arbelaez, J; Nasello, C; Dong, S; Duhn, C; Zhao, X; et al. Cell Reports. 2018; 24:3441-3454.e12.

The 2017 Pediatric Neurology Training Publication Award. Scher, MS; Breningstall, G; Gilbert, D; Jordan, L; Khakoo, Y; LePichon, JB. Pediatric Neurology. 2018; 86.

The 2017 Pediatric Neurology Training Publication Award. Scher, MS; Breningstall, G; Gilbert, D; Jordan, L; Khakoo, Y; LePichon, J. Pediatric Neurology. 2018; 86:4-4.