My parents inspired me to find a vocation that involved helping others. My fascination with the function of the human brain emerged in college, where I majored in philosophy. As a pediatric neurologist, I treat children and adolescents with movement disorders, including Tourette syndrome.

In my practice, I try to understand how neurological conditions and symptoms affect the child's life and function. With my work, I continually add to the field of neuroscience and find ways to apply new discoveries to improve children's quality of life.

Our team is pursuing multiple lines of research. We use transcranial magnetic stimulation to develop biomarkers of behavioral disorders and understand how the brain controls movement in healthy children and children affected by Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, and Neurofibromatosis. We hope to modulate the brain to improve symptoms. We participate in larger networks of researchers to identify new genes and do clinical trials of new medications.

In my free time, I’m an avid reader, and I also like to exercise and travel.

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.


Movement disorders; Tourette syndrome; ataxia; dystonia; functional movement disorders; chorea; neurogenetics; ADHD

Services and Specialties

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


Clinical trials in Tourette syndrome and ataxia; genetics of Tourette syndrome; transcranial magnetic stimulation for neuromodulation and development of biomarkers of neurobehavioral symptoms for Tourette syndrome; ADHD; neurofibromatosis

Research Areas


Additional Languages

French, Spanish

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Spectrum of Pediatric to Early Adulthood POLR3A‐Associated Movement Disorders. Zea Vera, A; Bruce, A; Larsh, TR; Jordan, Z; Brüggemann, N; Westenberger, A; Espay, AJ; Gilbert, DL; Wu, SW. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice. 2022.

Neocortical localization and thalamocortical modulation of neuronal hyperexcitability contribute to Fragile X Syndrome. Pedapati, EV; Schmitt, LM; Ethridge, LE; Miyakoshi, M; Sweeney, JA; Liu, R; Smith, E; Shaffer, RC; Dominick, KC; Gilbert, DL; et al. Communications Biology. 2022; 5.

ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Ataxia-Child. Radhakrishnan, R; Shea, LA G; Pruthi, S; Silvera, VM; Bosemani, T; Desai, NK; Gilbert, DL; Glenn, OA; Guimaraes, CV; Ho, ML; et al. Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2022; 19:S240-S255.

Deep Brain Stimulation for Pediatric Dystonia: A Review of the Literature and Suggested Programming Algorithm. Gelineau-Morel, R; Kruer, MC; Garris, JF; Abu Libdeh, A; Barbosa, DA N; Coffman, KA; Moon, D; Barton, C; Zea Vera, A; Bruce, AB; et al. Journal of Child Neurology. 2022; 37:813-824.

THALAMOCORTICAL DYSRHYTHMIA AS A UNIFYING MODEL OF NEUROPSYCHIATRIC AND NEUROSENSORY DYSFUNCTION IN FRAGILE X SYNDROME. Pedapati, E; Ethridge, L; Sweeney, J; Miyakoshi, M; Schmitt, L; Liu, R; Wu, S; Gilbert, D; Horn, P; Erickson, CA. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2022; 61:s275-s276.

Comparison of Impairment in Functional Tic Disorders Versus Tourette Syndrome. Larsh, TR; Wu, SW; Gilbert, DL. Pediatric Neurology. 2022; 134:83-84.

Adult Neurology Rotations for Child Neurology Residents: A Survey of Program Directors. Marshall, CS; Deng, S; Jackson, HS; Horn, PS; Wolf, DS; Thompson-Stone, R; Gilbert, DL. Neurology. 2022; 99:e858-e864.

From urges to tics in children with Tourette syndrome: associations with supplementary motor area GABA and right motor cortex physiology. Larsh, TR; Huddleston, DA; Horn, PS; Wu, SW; Cecil, KM; Jackson, HS; Edden, RA E; Mostofsky, SH; Gilbert, DL. Cerebral Cortex. 2022.

Adult Neurology Rotations for Child Neurology Residents: Exploring the Resident Perspective. Deng, S; Marshall, CS; Gilbert, DL; Jackson, HS; Wolf, DS; Thompson-Stone, R. Pediatric Neurology. 2022; 133:34-39.

OSARI, an Open-Source Anticipated Response Inhibition Task. He, JL; Hirst, RJ; Puri, R; Coxon, J; Byblow, W; Hinder, M; Skippen, P; Matzke, D; Heathcote, A; Wadsley, CG; et al. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers. 2022; 54:1530-1540.

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