Ian Bledsoe, MD, MS


Dr. Ian Bledsoe is a neurologist at the Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center at Mount Zion, where he sees patients who have movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, tremors, ataxia and dystonia. Bledsoe treats patients using medications, botulinum toxin injections and a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation.

Bledsoe has a special interest in dystonia — a disorder that causes involuntary movements, cramps and abnormal postures — and particularly a form of the condition that affects musicians and other patients whose work requires repetitive movements.

His research interests include finding better treatments for dystonia and using neuroimaging to improve understanding of what causes the condition. He also has done research using neuroimaging to study cognitive problems associated with Parkinson's disease.

Bledsoe received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he subsequently completed an internship in internal medicine. He then completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology/EMG at Stanford Health Care. At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Bledsoe also completed a fellowship in movement disorders and a master's degree in clinical research.

An assistant professor of neurology, Bledsoe is a member of the American Academy of Neurology; International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society; and Performing Arts Medicine Association. Before attending medical school, Bledsoe earned a bachelor's degree in violin performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He continues to play and perform in his free time.


Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center
1635 Divisadero St., Suite 520
San Francisco, CA 94115
Neurology: (415) 353-2311
Neurosurgery: (415) 353-2071
Fax: (415) 353-9060

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More about Ian Bledsoe


University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 2009
Rush University Medical Center, MS in Clinical Research 2016


Stanford University Medical Center, Neurology 2013


Stanford University Medical Center 2014
Rush University Medical Center, Movement Disorders 2016

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Goldman JG, Bledsoe IO, Merkitch D, Dinh V, Bernard B, Stebbins GT. Corpus callosal atrophy and associations with cognitive impairment in Parkinson disease. Neurology. 2017 Mar 28; 88(13):1265-1272.
  2. Bledsoe IO, Comella CL. Botulinum Toxin Treatment of Cervical Dystonia. Semin Neurol. 2016 Feb; 36(1):47-53.
  3. Loe IM, Luna B, Bledsoe IO, Yeom KW, Fritz BL, Feldman HM. Oculomotor assessments of executive function in preterm children. J Pediatr. 2012 Sep; 161(3):427-433.e1.

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