Movement Disorders


Joel S. Perlmutter, MD — Section Head

The clinical activities of the movement disorders section take place at our Movement Disorders Center. We are a multidisciplinary center staffed by movement disorder specialists, including adult and child neurologists, a neuropsychiatrist, research nurses, occupational and physical therapists, and clinical and research fellows. We diagnose and treat persons with a variety of movement-related disorders. To assist our patient population, laboratory testing and radiology services are available within the same complex.

We specialize in researching and treating all movement disorders in adults and children, including:

  • Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses
  • Dystonia (torticollis, blepharospasm, spasmodic dysphonia, writer’s cramp, and others)
  • Surgical treatment of movement disorders
  • Huntington’s disease and other choreas
  • Tourette syndrome (including associated OCD and ADHD symptoms)
  • Startle syndromes
  • Myoclonus
  • Ataxia
  • Medication-induced movement disorders
  • Catatonia

For an appointment please call 314- 362-6908.

Fellowship in Movement Disorders

The Movement Disorders Section offers several different fellowship opportunities that emphasize training in either clinical movement disorders, research or both. Most applicants spend from 2-3 years in the training program. Visit the program description for more information.

Staff & Research Interests

Joel S. Perlmutter, MD
Main research interests include neuroimaging, basal ganglia physiology and pharmacology, mechanisms of deep brain stimulation, pathophysiology of dystonia, development of new agents to reduce nigrostriatal injury and electronic medical records systems.

Bhooma Aravamuthan, MD, DPhil
I am a pediatric movement disorders physician and neuroscientist with expertise in basal ganglia network pathophysiology, dystonia, and neonatal brain injury.  

Kevin J. Black, MD
Main research interests include development of methods for pharmacologic activation studies using neuroimaging, pathophysiology of affective disorders in Parkinson disease, treatment of psychiatric abnormalities associated with PD and pathophysiology of Tourette’s syndrome

Meghan C. Campbell, PhD
Meghan Campbell, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Movement Disorders Section. Her main research interests are in the relationships between neuropsychological functions and the neuropathology, treatment, and comorbid psychiatric conditions of movement disorders.

Susan Criswell, MD
Main research interest is in the identification and understanding of risk factors for development of Parkinsonism.

Gammon Earhart, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Gammom Earhart, PhD, PT, FAPTA, investigates how the human nervous system controls movement in health and in neurological and neurodegenerative disease, with a particular focus on rehabilitation of gait and balance.

Erin Foster, OTD, OTR/L
Erin Foster’s primary research focus is on understanding everyday cognitive functioning in Parkinson disease and its relevance to occupational performance, participation and quality of life.

Johanna Hartlein, APRN, MSN
Clinical nurse practitioner

Tamara Hershey, PhD
Main research interests include cognitive effects of deep brain stimulation, neuroimaging and effects of diabetes on brain anatomy and cognitive function.

Paul Kotzbauer, MD, PhD
Main research interests include working to understand mechanisms of neuro-degeneration underlying Parkinson’s disease and related disorders.

Baijayanta Maiti, MD, PhD
Main research interest includes neuroimaging related to Parkinson disease and cognitive function

Pietro Mazzoni, MD, PhD
The research interest of Pietro Mazzoni, MD, PhD, is human motor control and its disruption by movement disorders. In his clinical practice he evaluates and treats patients with all types of movement disorders.

Susan Nielsen, PhD
My primary research interest is environmental neuroepidemiology, with a particular emphasis on parkinsonism and Parkinson disease.

Scott Norris, MD
Main research interests include neuroimaging, pathophysiology of dystonia, mechanisms of deep brain stimulation and basal ganglia physiology and pharmacology.

Brad A. Racette, MD
Main research interests include genetics and environmental risk factors for Parkinson disease and clinical applications of botulinum toxin treatment.

Bradley L. Schlaggar, MD, PhD
Main research interests include language development and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Mwiza Ushe, MD, MA
Mwiza Ushe, MD, MA, is interested movement disorders including idiopathic Parkinson disease, multiple systems atrophy, dystonia, essential tremor as well as the spinocerebellar ataxias and Huntington disease.

Tom O. Videen, PhD
Main research interest is neuroimaging methods development and their application to movement disorders and brain injury.


Contact Information: Movement Disorders

Patients Seen At
Neuroclinical Research Unit – McMillan Building
517 So. Euclid Avenue, Lower Level
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-362-6908
Fax: 314-747-3258

Neuroscience Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, Suite C, Floor 6
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-362-6908
Fax: 314-747-3258

Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
660 S. Euclid Ave., CB 8111
St. Louis, MO 63110