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Deep Brain Stimulation

The Vanderbilt Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program treats neurological conditions such as dystonia, essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease. DBS uses electrical stimulation to help control abnormal signals in the brain. DBS is not a cure. However, it has been proven to reduce the stiffness, slowed movement, tremors and walking difficulties that come with movement disorders. DBS may help even if medication hasn’t, and if your symptoms are interfering with your quality of life. 

We were one of the first and remain one of the highest volume DBS centers in the country. Our specialized multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neurophysiologists, anesthesiologists and physical therapists have pioneered innovative technologies to make DBS more accurate, safe and effective. 

Download our movement disorders treatment guide

Talk to our care team or download our treatment guide. By downloading our guide, you’ll learn about: 

  • Types of movement disorders
  • Symptoms of movement disorders
  • How movement disorders are diagnosed
  • Surgical and nonsurgical treatment options

Conditions We Treat

We treat all conditions that may be alleviated by deep brain stimulation, including:

Meet Your Care Team

Amy E. Brown
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Amy E. BrownMS, MD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
David Charles

David CharlesMD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
Thomas L. Davis
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Thomas L. DavisMD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
John Y. Fang
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John Y. FangMD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
Andrew B. Giritharan
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Andrew B. GiritharanMD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
Travis J. Hassell
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Travis J. HassellMD, PhD

    Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences
Ciaran M. Considine
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Ciaran M. ConsidineBA, PhD

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neurosciences
Kaltra Dhima
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Kaltra DhimaPhD

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neurosciences
Tyler J. Ball

Tyler J. BallMD

    Deep Brain Stimulation, Epilepsy, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences, Rehabilitation, Spine, Comprehensive
Sarah K. Bick

Sarah K. BickMD

    Deep Brain Stimulation, Epilepsy, Essential Tremor, Movement Disorders, Neuralgia, Trigeminal, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Surgery
Dario J. Englot

Dario J. EnglotMS, PhD, MD

    Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Neuralgia, Trigeminal, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Disorders, Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences
Veronica L. Oldfield
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4.8

Veronica L. OldfieldNP, MSN, ACNP

    Movement Disorders, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Disorders, Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences

Why Choose Deep Brain Stimulation at Vanderbilt

  • caduceus, Depth of expertise, excellent outcomes
    Expert consultations

    We offer consultations, and we welcome referrals from patients, families and outside providers. We review your current symptoms, including very early ones and conduct a complete neurologic exam, including imaging. Then we create a treatment plan customized to you.

  • physician, doctor, stethoscope, Skilled clinicians
    Skilled clinicians

    We are a national leader in using this elective procedure to treat movement disorders. Our board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons have extensive experience, providing DBS in more than 1,000 cases in 25 years  for patients in all stages of their disease. 

  • conference, Team approach, people, staff, partners
    A team approach

    Successful treatment and management of movement disorders requires bringing together the knowledge and skills of specialists in a variety of areas. That’s why our neurosurgeons work with specialists in movement disorders, neuropsychology and physical therapy. They take a comprehensive approach to your care.

  • goal, specialized, individualized, customized, Personalized care
    Personalized care

    Our program coordinator will guide you through every step of the experience. The nurse case manager can answer any questions about medications, discuss follow-up care, connect you with support groups and provide educational resources. Together, the team will work to create a treatment plan specifically designed for you.

  • diploma, award, ribbon, Recognized care, quality
    Recognized care

    In addition to our status as a national leader in using DBS to treat movement disorders, we’re also recognized as a national Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. Each year, we treat more than 100 patients who have Parkinson’s disease — using DBS to provide relief from their symptoms.

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    Clinical trials

    As part of an academic medical center, we are part of clinical trials that research new treatments for movement disorders. You can talk with our doctors about whether there is a clinical trial that’s right for you.

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    Online health portal

    We want to make your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible. You can contact your care team directly by phone or use our secure online portal, My Health at Vanderbilt, to send messages, schedule appointments, manage medications and access your medical records.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

Locations

1500 21st Avenue South, The Village at Vanderbilt, Suite 1506
Nashville, TN 37212
302 South Royal Oaks Boulevard
Franklin, TN 37064
5002 Crossings Circle, Suite 230
Mount Juliet, TN 37122