A photo of Donald Gilbert.

Director, Movement Disorder Clinic and Tourette's Syndrome Clinic

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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 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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


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

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

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 164 Pediatric Subjects. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 2015.  doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00029

Dietrich A, Fernandez TV, King RA, State MW, Tischfield JA, Hoekstra PJ, Heiman GA, and the TIC Genetics Collaborative Group. The Tourette International Collaborative Genetics (TIC Genetics) study, finding the genes causing Tourette Syndrome: objectives and methods. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 2014. DOI 10.1007/s00787-014-0543-x

Gilbert DL, Budman CL, Singer HS, Kurlan R, Chipkin RE. A D1 Receptor Antagonist, Ecopipam, for treatment of tics in Tourette Syndrome. Clinical Neuropharmacology, 2014. 37:26-30.

Chen TH, Wu SW, Dixon S, Shahana N, Huddleston DA, Sarvis AR, Sallee FR, Gilbert DL. Motor Cortex Physiology and Stop Signal Reaction Times as Predictors and Correlates of Atomoxetine Responses in Children with ADHD. Journal of Child Neurology, 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 of Supplementary Motor Area in Chronic Tic Disorders. Brain Stimulation. 2014. 7: 212-218.

Gilbert DL, Patterson MC, Pugh JA, Ridel KR, Reynolds TQ, Valencia I. Views of Recently First-Certified US Child Neurologists on Their Residency Training. Journal of Child Neurology, 2013. 28 (3): 332-339.

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, Gilbert DL, Shahan 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, Lewis AN, Gilbert DL. Safety and Tolerability of Theta Burst Stimulation in Children. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2012, 54 (7): 636-639.

Edden RAE, Crocetti D, Zhu H, Gilbert DL, Mostofsky SH. Reduced GABA concentration in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2012; 69: 750-753.