Deep Brain Stimulation Care

Our experts provide deep brain stimulation to reduce your movement disorder symptoms, such as tremors and other uncontrolled movements.

Deep Brain Stimulation Care

Our experts provide deep brain stimulation to reduce your movement disorder symptoms, such as tremors and other uncontrolled movements.

Deep Brain Stimulation Care for Movement Disorders

At the USC Deep Brain Stimulation Center, we provide care to decrease the symptoms of dystonia, essential tremor and other movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease. We use deep brain stimulation (DBS) when other medical and psychological treatments do not improve your condition.

Deep brain stimulation acts like a pacemaker for your brain. The device blocks abnormal electrical signals in your brain that can cause uncontrolled movements. It can also improve mobility for people who are slowed down by Parkinson’s disease. It doesn’t cure movement disorders, but it does relieve symptoms so you can be more independent and comfortable.

Why Choose Us for Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment

We use deep brain stimulation to provide life-changing relief from your symptoms.

We are the only neurology center in Southern California to provide an advanced DBS technique using real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance that lets you sleep during the procedure.

We are a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence.

Our multidisciplinary team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists and social workers, who all work together on your behalf.

We conduct important clinical trials on DBS, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor and other movement disorders.

Our Team

Specialties
Neurology

Arun Paul Amar, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Endovascular Neurosurgery, Intracranial Pressure

Lilyana Amezcua, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neurology , Multiple Sclerosis
Specialties
Neurology

Frank Attenello, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Brain Tumor

Susan Maria Axtell, PsyD

Accepting new patients
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Clinical Psychology, Psychology , Headache Neurology  View more

Christina J. Azevedo, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis

Kara Lynn Barton, LCSW

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Licensed Social Worker, Social Worker , Neurology
Specialties
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine  View more
Specialties
Epilepsy Neurology, Neurology

Said R. Beydoun, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine  View more

Sebina Bulic, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care  View more
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Neurology, Headache Neurology

Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Brain Tumor  View more
Specialties
Neurology, Memory and Cognitive Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Brain Tumor

Helena Chang Chui, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Brain Tumor

Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Brain Tumor, Neurosurgery
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Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, Psychology  View more

Leila Darki, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine
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Neurology

Benjamin Emanuel, DO

Accepting new patients
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Neurology, Brain Injury Medicine, Vascular Neurology  View more
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology

Danielle Feigenbaum, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Movement Disorders Neurology, Neurology

Steven L. Giannotta, MD

Accepting new patients
Chair, Neurological Surgery Professor of Neurological Surger ...
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery
Instructor Of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Headache Neurology

Hui (tory) Gong, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neurology
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Neurology, Headache Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Epilepsy Neurology

John Peter Gruen, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor
Specialties
Neurosurgery

Ronna Harris, LCSW

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Social Worker, Neurology

Christianne N. Heck, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Epilepsy Neurology

Patrick C. Hsieh, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

Jennifer S. Hui, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology
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Nurse Practitioner, Neurology
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Neurology

Laura A. Kalayjian, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurology, Epilepsy Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neurosurgery
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Pediatrics, Neurology

May A. Kim-Tenser, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care, Telestroke  View more

Mark Krieger, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery Chief of Staff of ...
Specialties
Neurosurgery
Specialties
Neurology, Epilepsy Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care

Brian Lee, MD

Accepting new patients
Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders Neurology, Functional Neurosurgery  View more
Specialties
Neurology
Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology
Specialties
Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Headache Neurology  View more
Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology

Mark Andrew Liker, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Clinical Professor
Specialties
Neurosurgery

John C. Liu, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurosurgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

Charles Yu Liu, MD, PhD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology
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Neurosurgery
Specialties
Neurology, Neurology
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Neurology
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Neurology
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Neurology

William J. Mack, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurosurgery
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Neurosurgery, Interventional Radiology, Endovascular Neurosurgery  View more
Specialties
Neurology
Instructor Of Clinical Neurology
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Headache Neurology, Neurology

Arousiak V. Maraian, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Behavioral Medicine
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology, Performance Arts Medicine
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neuropsychology, Neurology

J. Gordon Mccomb, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery
Specialties
Neurology, Epilepsy Neurology

Gail A. Murdock, PhD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Psychology  View more
Specialties
Neurocritical Care, Neurology, Telestroke  View more
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology

Andrew J. Petkus, PhD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Clinical Psychology, Psychology , Neurology

Giselle Maria Petzinger, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology
Instructor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Multiple Sclerosis, Headache Neurology, Neurology
Specialties
Neurocritical Care, Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Headache Neurology, Intracranial Pressure, Neurology

John M. Ringman, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Memory and Cognitive Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine

Emily Rose Rorden, NP-C

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurology

Jonathan J. Russin, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Endovascular Neurosurgery

Michael Safaee, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor Of Clinical Neurological Surgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery
Clinical Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Headache Neurology  View more

Nerses Sanossian, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care, Neuroimaging  View more
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Memory and Cognitive Disorders Neurology
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Neurology, Headache Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis
Specialties
Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Matthew Tenser, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Endovascular Neurosurgery  View more
Specialties
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Endovascular Neurosurgery, Vascular Neurosurgery
Specialties
Neuropsychology, Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology

Gabriel Zada, MD

Accepting new patients
Director, USC Brain Tumor Center
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Brain Tumor
Specialties
Neurology

Lilyana Amezcua, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neurology , Multiple Sclerosis
Specialties
Neurology

Susan Maria Axtell, PsyD

Accepting new patients
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Clinical Psychology, Psychology , Headache Neurology  View more

Christina J. Azevedo, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis
Specialties
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine  View more
Specialties
Epilepsy Neurology, Neurology

Said R. Beydoun, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine  View more

Sebina Bulic, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care  View more
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Neurology, Headache Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Brain Tumor

Helena Chang Chui, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Brain Tumor
Specialties
Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, Psychology  View more

Leila Darki, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine

Benjamin Emanuel, DO

Accepting new patients
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Neurology, Brain Injury Medicine, Vascular Neurology  View more

Danielle Feigenbaum, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Movement Disorders Neurology, Neurology

Hui (tory) Gong, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neurology
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Neurology, Headache Neurology

Christianne N. Heck, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Epilepsy Neurology

Jennifer S. Hui, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Neurology

Laura A. Kalayjian, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurology, Epilepsy Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neurology

May A. Kim-Tenser, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care, Telestroke  View more
Specialties
Neurology, Epilepsy Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care

Brian Lee, MD

Accepting new patients
Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders Neurology, Functional Neurosurgery  View more
Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology
Specialties
Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Headache Neurology  View more
Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology

Arousiak V. Maraian, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Behavioral Medicine
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology, Performance Arts Medicine
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neuropsychology, Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Epilepsy Neurology

Gail A. Murdock, PhD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Psychology  View more
Specialties
Neurocritical Care, Neurology, Telestroke  View more

Andrew J. Petkus, PhD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Clinical Psychology, Psychology , Neurology

Giselle Maria Petzinger, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Neurocritical Care, Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Headache Neurology, Intracranial Pressure, Neurology

John M. Ringman, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Memory and Cognitive Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine
Clinical Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Headache Neurology  View more

Nerses Sanossian, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care, Neuroimaging  View more
Specialties
Neurology
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educato ...
Specialties
Neurology, Headache Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Matthew Tenser, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Endovascular Neurosurgery  View more
Specialties
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology
Specialties
Neuropsychology, Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology

Kara Lynn Barton, LCSW

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Licensed Social Worker, Social Worker , Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Memory and Cognitive Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Movement Disorders Neurology
Instructor Of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Headache Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Epilepsy Neurology

Ronna Harris, LCSW

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Social Worker, Neurology
Specialties
Nurse Practitioner, Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Instructor Of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Headache Neurology, Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology
Instructor of Clinical Neurology
Specialties
Multiple Sclerosis, Headache Neurology, Neurology

Emily Rose Rorden, NP-C

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Memory and Cognitive Disorders Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis

Arun Paul Amar, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Endovascular Neurosurgery, Intracranial Pressure

Frank Attenello, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Brain Tumor

Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Brain Tumor  View more

Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Brain Tumor, Neurosurgery

Steven L. Giannotta, MD

Accepting new patients
Chair, Neurological Surgery Professor of Neurological Surger ...
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery

John Peter Gruen, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor
Specialties
Neurosurgery

Patrick C. Hsieh, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery
Specialties
Neurology, Neurosurgery

Mark Krieger, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery Chief of Staff of ...
Specialties
Neurosurgery

Brian Lee, MD

Accepting new patients
Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders Neurology, Functional Neurosurgery  View more

Mark Andrew Liker, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Clinical Professor
Specialties
Neurosurgery

Charles Yu Liu, MD, PhD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology