Jill Ostrem, MD


Dr. Jill Ostrem is the medical director of the Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center and 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.


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.

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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. Miocinovic S, Shoeb AH, Wang S, Byrd EA, Swann NC, Pathak A, Ostrem JL. Clinical Tremor Severity Estimation Using an Instrumented Eating Utensil. J Parkinsons Dis. 2017 Sep 11.
  2. Martin AJ, Starr PA, Ostrem JL, Larson PS. Hemorrhage Detection and Incidence during Magnetic Resonance-Guided Deep Brain Stimulator Implantations. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2017 Sep 09; 95(5):307-314.
  3. Merola A, Fasano A, Hassan A, Ostrem JL, Contarino MF, Lyons M, Krauss JK, Wolf ME, Klassen BT, van Rootselaar AF, Regidor I, Duker AP, Ondo W, Guridi J, Volkmann J, Wagle Shukla A, Mandybur GT, Okun MS, Witt K, Starr PA, Deuschl G, Espay AJ. Thalamic deep brain stimulation for orthostatic tremor: A multicenter international registry. Mov Disord. 2017 Aug; 32(8):1240-1244.
  4. LaHue SC, Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, San Luciano M, Ziman N, Wang S, Racine CA, Starr PA, Larson PS, Katz M. Parkinson's disease patient preference and experience with various methods of DBS lead placement. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2017 Aug; 41:25-30.
  5. Swann NC, de Hemptinne C, Miocinovic S, Qasim S, Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, Luciano MS, Wang SS, Ziman N, Taylor R, Starr PA. Chronic multisite brain recordings from a totally implantable bidirectional neural interface: experience in 5 patients with Parkinson's disease. J Neurosurg. 2017 Apr 14; 1-12.
  6. Wharen RE, Okun MS, Guthrie BL, Uitti RJ, Larson P, Foote K, Walker H, Marshall FJ, Schwalb J, Ford B, Jankovic J, Simpson R, Dashtipour K, Phibbs F, Neimat JS, Stewart RM, Peichel D, Pahwa R, Ostrem JL. Thalamic DBS with a constant-current device in essential tremor: A controlled clinical trial. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2017 Jul; 40:18-26.
  7. Ostrem JL, San Luciano M, Dodenhoff KA, Ziman N, Markun LC, Racine CA, de Hemptinne C, Volz MM, Heath SL, Starr PA. Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in isolated dystonia: A 3-year follow-up study. Neurology. 2017 Jan 03; 88(1):25-35.
  8. Deeb W, Giordano JJ, Rossi PJ, Mogilner AY, Gunduz A, Judy JW, Klassen BT, Butson CR, Van Horne C, Deny D, Dougherty DD, Rowell D, Gerhardt GA, Smith GS, Ponce FA, Walker HC, Bronte-Stewart HM, Mayberg HS, Chizeck HJ, Langevin JP, Volkmann J, Ostrem JL, Shute JB, Jimenez-Shahed J, Foote KD, Wagle Shukla A, Rossi MA, Oh M, Pourfar M, Rosenberg PB, Silburn PA, de Hemptine C, Starr PA, Denison T, Akbar U, Grill WM, Okun MS. Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank: A Review of Emerging Issues and Technologies. Front Integr Neurosci. 2016; 10:38.
  9. Swann NC, de Hemptinne C, Miocinovic S, Qasim S, Wang SS, Ziman N, Ostrem JL, San Luciano M, Galifianakis NB, Starr PA. Gamma Oscillations in the Hyperkinetic State Detected with Chronic Human Brain Recordings in Parkinson's Disease. J Neurosci. 2016 Jun 15; 36(24):6445-58.
  10. Martin AJ, Larson PS, Ziman N, Levesque N, Volz M, Ostrem JL, Starr PA. Deep brain stimulator implantation in a diagnostic MRI suite: infection history over a 10-year period. J Neurosurg. 2017 Jan; 126(1):108-113.
  11. Coleman RR, Starr PA, Katz M, Glass GA, Volz M, Khandhar SM, Ostrem JL. Bilateral Ventral Intermediate Nucleus Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation in Orthostatic Tremor. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2016; 94(2):69-74.
  12. Ziman N, Coleman RR, Starr PA, Volz M, Marks WJ, Walker HC, Guthrie SL, Ostrem JL. Pregnancy in a Series of Dystonia Patients Treated with Deep Brain Stimulation: Outcomes and Management Recommendations. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2016; 94(1):60-5.
  13. Panov F, Levin E, de Hemptinne C, Swann NC, Qasim S, Miocinovic S, Ostrem JL, Starr PA. Intraoperative electrocorticography for physiological research in movement disorders: principles and experience in 200 cases. J Neurosurg. 2017 Jan; 126(1):122-131.
  14. Wang DD, de Hemptinne C, Miocinovic S, Qasim SE, Miller AM, Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, San Luciano M, Starr PA. Subthalamic local field potentials in Parkinson's disease and isolated dystonia: An evaluation of potential biomarkers. Neurobiol Dis. 2016 May; 89:213-22.
  15. Qasim SE, de Hemptinne C, Swann NC, Miocinovic S, Ostrem JL, Starr PA. Electrocorticography reveals beta desynchronization in the basal ganglia-cortical loop during rest tremor in Parkinson's disease. Neurobiol Dis. 2016 Feb; 86:177-86.
  16. Ostrem JL, Starr PA. Correspondence related to published material title "Deep brain stimulation may reduce the relative risk of clinically important worsening in early stage Parkinson's disease" by Hacker ML and colleague recently published electronically before print. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2016 Apr; 25:112-3.
  17. Miocinovic S, de Hemptinne C, Qasim S, Ostrem JL, Starr PA. Patterns of Cortical Synchronization in Isolated Dystonia Compared With Parkinson Disease. JAMA Neurol. 2015 Nov; 72(11):1244-51.
  18. Kilbane C, Ramirez-Zamora A, Ryapolova-Webb E, Qasim S, Glass GA, Starr PA, Ostrem JL. Response. J Neurosurg. 2015 Nov; 123(5):1349-50.
  19. Ostrem JL, Ziman N, Galifianakis NB, Starr PA, Luciano MS, Katz M, Racine CA, Martin AJ, Markun LC, Larson PS. Clinical outcomes using ClearPoint interventional MRI for deep brain stimulation lead placement in Parkinson's disease. J Neurosurg. 2016 Apr; 124(4):908-16.
  20. Rowland NC, De Hemptinne C, Swann NC, Qasim S, Miocinovic S, Ostrem JL, Knight RT, Starr PA. Task-related activity in sensorimotor cortex in Parkinson's disease and essential tremor: changes in beta and gamma bands. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015; 9:512.

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