A photo of Steve W. Wu.

Medical Director, Dystonia Clinic

Pediatric Movement Disorders Specialist, Division of Neurology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

"First, I like to hear from patients and their parents about how involuntary movements affect their quality of life. I then use that information to help create a care plan for each patient."

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric neurologist, I use different treatment options to help my patients regulate their abnormal motor movements. I care for patients in the Dystonia/Deep Brain Stimulation Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s.

First, I like to hear from patients and their parents about how involuntary movements affect their quality of life. I then use that information to help create a care plan for each patient. Treatment possibilities for movement disorders may include psychological and behavioral therapy, oral medications, botulinum toxin (Botox) injections and deep brain stimulation.

From a research perspective, my interests focus on movement disorders, neurophysiology and the neuroplasticity of the brain. I am interested in how people control and carry out normal movements. I’m working to figure out the physiological properties associated with the control of motor movements.

I have received research grants from the Tourette Association of America and collaborated on different projects funded by the National Institutes of Health.

In my free time, I like to enjoy sunshine and warm weather.

Additional Languages


Clinical Interests

Pediatric neurology with specialty in pediatric movement disorder; botulinum toxin (Botox) injection for dystonia, spasticity, tics; deep brain stimulation (DBS); AADC (aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase) deficiency

Research Interests

Neuroplasticity; movement disorders; transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS); electroencephalography (EEG); electromyography (EMG)

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

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

Research Divisions


My Locations

  • Liberty Campus

    Liberty Campus

    7777 Yankee Road
    Liberty Township, Ohio 45044
  • Mason


    9560 Children's Drive
    Mason, Ohio 45040
  • Anderson


    7495 State Road
    Suite 355
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45255

My Education

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, Cincinnati, OH, 2008-2009.

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.

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.

Coxa saltans misdiagnosed as functional gait disorder Two cases. Gilbert, DL; Espay, AJ; Wu, SW. Neurology. 2018; 91:276-277.

Functional Neuroanatomy of Secondary Self-Injurious Behavior. Peeters, S; Skoch, J; Holt, H; Mubita, L; Choudhary, EA; Vadivelu, KP; Gilbert, DL; Wu, SW; Keebaugh, AC; Air, E; et al. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 2018; 53:71-80.

Online Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Protocol for Measuring Cortical Physiology Associated with Response Inhibition. Guthrie, MD; Gilbert, DL; Huddleston, DA; Pedapati, EV; Horn, PS; Mostofsky, SH; Wu, SW. Jove-Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2018; 2018.

Clinical Reasoning: Importance of clinical phenomenology in the era of genetic testing. Basu, MR; Espay, AJ; Wakefield, EG; Wu, SW. Neurology. 2018; 90:E534-E537.

Parent and Patient Perceptions of Functional Impairment Due to Tourette Syndrome: Development of a Shortened Version of the Child Tourette Syndrome Impairment Scale. Barfell, KS F; Snyder, RR; Isaacs-Cloes, KM; Garris, JF; Roeckner, AR; Horn, PS; Guthrie, MD; Wu, SW; Gilbert, DL. Journal of Child Neurology. 2017; 32:725-730.

Preliminary evaluation of child self-rating using the Child Tourette Syndrome Impairment Scale. Cloes, KI; Barfell, KS F; Horn, PS; Wu, SW; Jacobson, SE; Hart, KJ; Gilbert, DL. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2017; 59:284-290.

Abnormal Cortical Plasticity in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Case-Control Pilot Study. Pedapati, EV; Gilbert, DL; Erickson, CA; Horn, PS; Shaffer, RC; Wink, LK; Laue, CS; Wu, SW. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2016; 26:625-631.

Neuroplasticity Protocols: Inducing and Measuring Change. Wu, SW; Pedapati, EV. Pediatric Brain Stimulation: Mapping and Modulating The Developing Brain. : Elsevier; Elsevier; 2016.