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Jill Ostrem, M.D.


Dr. Jill Ostrem specializes in the medical and surgical treatments of movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia. She is particularly interested in treatments such as deep brain stimulation and gene therapy as well as the use of neurotoxins such as botulinum toxin therapy.

Ostrem earned a medical degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in movement disorders at UCLA Medical Center. She is a professor of neurology in the UCSF School of Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society.


Surgical Movement Disorders 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.

Conditions & Treatments

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George Washington University School of Medicine 1998


UCLA Medical Center, Neurology 2002


UCLA Medical Center 2003

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Rowland NC, de Hemptinne C, Swann N, Qasim S, Miocinovic S, Ostrem JL, Knight RT, Starr PA. 132 Intraoperative, High-Resolution Electrocorticography Mapping in Parkinson Patients During a Reaching Task Supports a Compensatory Role for Sensorimotor Cortical Oscillations in the Low-Dopamine State. Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug; 62 Suppl 1:208.
  2. Wang DD, de Hemptinne C, Qasim S, Miocinovic S, Ostrem JL, Starr PA. 200 Comparison of GPi Local Field Potential Characteristics in Patients With Parkinson Disease, Craniocervical Dystonia, and Generalized Dystonia. Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug; 62 Suppl 1:233.
  3. Gunduz A, Morita H, Rossi PJ, Allen WL, Alterman RL, Bronte-Stewart H, Butson CR, Charles D, Deckers S, de Hemptinne C, DeLong M, Dougherty D, Ellrich J, Foote KD, Giordano J, Goodman W, Greenberg BD, Greene D, Gross R, Judy JW, Karst E, Kent A, Kopell B, Lang A, Lozano A, Lungu C, Lyons KE, Machado A, Martens H, McIntyre C, Min HK, Neimat J, Ostrem J, Pannu S, Ponce F, Pouratian N, Reymers D, Schrock L, Sheth S, Shih L, Stanslaski S, Steinke GK, Stypulkowski P, Tröster AI, Verhagen L, Walker H, Okun MS. Proceedings of the Second Annual Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank: What's in the Pipeline. Int J Neurosci. 2015 Jul; 125(7):475-85.
  4. Ramos VF, Pillai AS, Lungu C, Ostrem J, Starr P, Hallett M. Intraoperative neurophysiology in deep brain surgery for psychogenic dystonia. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2015 Jun; 2(6):707-10.
  5. de Hemptinne C, Swann NC, Ostrem JL, Ryapolova-Webb ES, San Luciano M, Galifianakis NB, Starr PA. Therapeutic deep brain stimulation reduces cortical phase-amplitude coupling in Parkinson's disease. Nat Neurosci. 2015 May; 18(5):779-86.
  6. Katz M, Luciano MS, Carlson K, Luo P, Marks WJ, Larson PS, Starr PA, Follett KA, Weaver FM, Stern MB, Reda DJ, Ostrem JL. Differential effects of deep brain stimulation target on motor subtypes in Parkinson's disease. Ann Neurol. 2015 Apr; 77(4):710-9.
  7. Kilbane C, Ramirez-Zamora A, Ryapolova-Webb E, Qasim S, Glass GA, Starr PA, Ostrem JL. Pallidal stimulation for Holmes tremor: clinical outcomes and single-unit recordings in 4 cases. J Neurosurg. 2015 Jun; 122(6):1306-14.
  8. Rowland NC, Starr PA, Larson PS, Ostrem JL, Marks WJ, Lim DA. Combining cell transplants or gene therapy with deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord. 2015 Feb; 30(2):190-5.
  9. Starr PA, Markun LC, Larson PS, Volz MM, Martin AJ, Ostrem JL. Interventional MRI-guided deep brain stimulation in pediatric dystonia: first experience with the ClearPoint system. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Oct; 14(4):400-8.
  10. Mills KA, Markun LC, Luciano MS, Rizk R, Allen IE, Racine CA, Starr PA, Alberts JL, Ostrem JL. Effect of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation on dual-task cognitive and motor performance in isolated dystonia. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2015 Apr; 86(4):404-9.
  11. Ostrem JL, Markun LC, Glass GA, Racine CA, Volz MM, Heath SL, de Hemptinne C, Starr PA. Effect of frequency on subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in primary dystonia. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2014 Apr; 20(4):432-8.
  12. Mills KA, Starr PA, Ostrem JL. Neuromodulation for dystonia: target and patient selection. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2014 Jan; 25(1):59-75.
  13. Starr PA, Ostrem JL. Commentary on "Adaptive deep brain stimulation in advanced Parkinson disease". Ann Neurol. 2013 Sep; 74(3):447-8.
  14. Katz M, Byl NN, San Luciano M, Ostrem JL. Focal task-specific lower extremity dystonia associated with intense repetitive exercise: a case series. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2013 Nov; 19(11):1033-8.
  15. Witt JL, Moro E, Ash RS, Hamani C, Starr PA, Lozano AM, Hodaie M, Poon YY, Markun LC, Ostrem JL. Predictive factors of outcome in primary cervical dystonia following pallidal deep brain stimulation. Mov Disord. 2013 Sep; 28(10):1451-5.
  16. Shimamoto SA, Ryapolova-Webb ES, Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, Miller KJ, Starr PA. Subthalamic nucleus neurons are synchronized to primary motor cortex local field potentials in Parkinson's disease. J Neurosci. 2013 Apr 24; 33(17):7220-33.
  17. Witt J, Starr PA, Ostrem JL. Use of pallidal deep brain stimulation in postinfarct hemidystonia. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2013; 91(4):243-7.
  18. de Hemptinne C, Ryapolova-Webb ES, Air EL, Garcia PA, Miller KJ, Ojemann JG, Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, Starr PA. Exaggerated phase-amplitude coupling in the primary motor cortex in Parkinson disease. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Mar 19; 110(12):4780-5.
  19. Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, Markun LC, Grace JK, Martin AJ, Starr PA, Larson PS. Clinical outcomes of PD patients having bilateral STN DBS using high-field interventional MR-imaging for lead placement. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013 Jun; 115(6):708-12.
  20. Kilbane C, Ostrem J, Galifianakis N, Grace J, Markun L, Glass GA. Multichannel Electromyographic Mapping to Optimize OnabotulinumtoxinA Efficacy in Cervical Dystonia. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov (N Y). 2012; 2.

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