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Travis Larsh, MD

  • Pediatric Movement Disorders Specialist, Division of Neurology
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • Board Certified
I listen to the patient and their family about how involuntary movements impact their quality of life. Then, I work collaboratively with them to tailor the best treatment plan for each patient.
Travis Larsh, MD



I specialize in pediatric movement disorders. My services include pharmacological therapies, deep brain stimulation, botulinum toxin and referrals for behavioral therapy. Some of the conditions I treat are pediatric dystonia, Tourette syndrome, tics, chorea, parkinsonism and ataxia.

One of the alluring aspects of movement disorders is the never-ending list of clinical research questions that need answering. Tackling these issues and finding new avenues of exploration is exhilarating.

During medical school, I was drawn to the artfulness and creativity needed to examine a child, especially in pediatric movement disorders. I listen to the patient and their family about how involuntary movements impact their quality of life. Then, I work collaboratively with them to tailor the best treatment plan for each patient. Working with children and their families is a very rewarding experience!

I’m particularly interested in better understanding the neurophysiological basis of movement disorders in children. With better insight into these disorders, I hope to develop more precise and patient-specific biomarkers and treatments that will improve the lives of children with movement disorders.

I’m honored to have been awarded the Outstanding Junior Member Award by the Child Neurology Society (2020, 2022). I’ve also received several travel awards from the Tourette Association of America, the Movement Disorders Society and the American Academy of Neurology for my research presentations.

I grew up in Cincinnati, and Cincinnati is my home. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my family, hiking, traveling and cheering for the Cincinnati Bengals and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.

BS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

MD: Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH, 2016.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 2018.

Residency: Child Neurology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 2021.

Fellowship: Pediatric Movement Disorders, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2022.


Pediatric movement disorders; dystonia and surgical movement disorders; botulinum toxin for dystonia; Tourette syndrome; tics; dystonia; tremor; chorea; ataxia; parkinsonism; stereotypy

Services and Specialties



Pediatric movement disorders; neuromodulation; neurophysiology of pediatric movement disorders; Tourette syndrome; dystonia

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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. 2023; 33:3922-3933.


Deep Brain Stimulation for Pediatric Dystonia. Larsh, T; Wu, SW; Vadivelu, S; Grant, GA; O'Malley, JA. Seminars in Pediatric Neurology. 2021; 38:100896.

Adolescent Gender Differences in Tic- and Non-Tic-Related Impairments in Tourette Syndrome. Larsh, TR; Wu, SW; Huddleston, DA; White, S; Lipps, TD; Gilbert, DL. Journal of Child Neurology. 2023; 38:283-289.

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. 2023; 10:316-322.

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.

Crossed Cerebellar Diaschisis in EEG Negative Epilepsia Partialis Continua. Larsh, T; Parikh, S. Neuropediatrics: journal of pediatric neurobiology, neurology and neurosurgery. 2022; 53:299-300.

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

Diagnosis and Initial Treatment of Functional Movement Disorders in Children. Larsh, T; Wilson, J; Mackenzie, KM; O'Malley, JA. Seminars in Pediatric Neurology. 2022; 41:100953.

EEG Correlates of Active Stopping and Preparation for Stopping in Chronic Tic Disorder. Vera, AZ; Pedapati, EV; Larsh, TR; Kohmescher, K; Miyakoshi, M; Huddleston, DA; Jackson, HS; Gilbert, DL; Horn, PS; Wu, SW. Brain Sciences. 2022; 12:151.

Characteristic Neuroimaging Findings in β-propeller Protein-associated Neurodegeneration. Larsh, T. Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences. 2021; 16:264-265.

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