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Medical Director, Dystonia Clinic

Pediatric Movement Disorders Specialist, Division of Neurology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Dr. Steve Wu is a pediatric neurologist with interests in children with movement disorders. Drs. Wu, Gilbert (Neurology) and Vadivelu (Neurosurgery) also work together in the Dystonia/Deep Brain Stimulation Clinic to care for children/adolescents with dystonia and complex movement disorders.

Dr. Wu’s research interest focuses on movement disorders, neurophysiology and neuroplasticity of the brain. Dr. Wu collaborates with Dr. Donald Gilbert in the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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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


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

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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.