Nick Galifianakis, MPH, MD

Neurologist

Dr. Nicholas Galifianakis is a neurologist who specializes in a comprehensive approach to the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Treatments include deep brain stimulation (DBS), botulinum toxin injections and medications. His research interests include clinical outcomes in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, such as the use of new interventional MRI techniques. He also is interested in defining types of essential tremor and developing more complete models of care for advanced Parkinson's disease.

Galifianakis earned a medical degree and completed a neurology residency at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he served as chief-resident. He completed a movement disorders fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and UCSF. Galifianakis is an associate professor of neurology in the UCSF School of Medicine. He also sees patients at the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC), a Veterans Affairs center of excellence. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society.

Clinics

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.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Academic Title

Associate Professor

More about Nick Galifianakis

Education

University of Southern California (USC) 2003

Residencies

USC Medical Center, Neurology 2007

Fellowships

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Neurology 2008

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Hassan A, Dorsey ER, Goetz CG, Bloem BR, Guttman M, Tanner CM, Mari Z, Pantelyat A, Galifianakis NB, Bajwa JA, Gatto EM, Cubo E. Telemedicine Use for Movement Disorders: A Global Survey. Telemed J E Health. 2018 Mar 22.
  2. Beck CA, Beran DB, Biglan KM, Boyd CM, Dorsey ER, Schmidt PN, Simone R, Willis AW, Galifianakis NB, Katz M, Tanner CM, Dodenhoff K, Aldred J, Carter J, Fraser A, Jimenez-Shahed J, Hunter C, Spindler M, Reichwein S, Mari Z, Dunlop B, Morgan JC, McLane D, Hickey P, Gauger L, Richard IH, Mejia NI, Bwala G, Nance M, Shih LC, Singer C, Vargas-Parra S, Zadikoff C, Okon N, Feigin A, Ayan J, Vaughan C, Pahwa R, Dhall R, Hassan A, DeMello S, Riggare SS, Wicks P, Achey MA, Elson MJ, Goldenthal S, Keenan HT, Korn R, Schwarz H, Sharma S, Stevenson EA, Zhu W. National randomized controlled trial of virtual house calls for Parkinson disease. Neurology. 2017 Sep 12; 89(11):1152-1161.
  3. Korn RE, Wagle Shukla A, Katz M, Keenan HT, Goldenthal S, Auinger P, Zhu W, Dodge M, Rizer K, Achey MA, Byrd E, Barbano R, Richard I, Andrzejewski KL, Schwarz HB, Dorsey ER, Biglan KM, Kang G, Kanchana S, Rodriguez R, Tanner CM, Galifianakis NB. Virtual visits for Parkinson disease: A multicenter noncontrolled cohort. Neurol Clin Pract. 2017 08; 7(4):283-295.
  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. 2018 Feb; 128(2):605-616.
  6. Kluger BM, Fox S, Timmons S, Katz M, Galifianakis NB, Subramanian I, Carter JH, Johnson MJ, Richfield EW, Bekelman D, Kutner JS, Miyasaki J. Palliative care and Parkinson's disease: Meeting summary and recommendations for clinical research. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2017 Apr; 37:19-26.
  7. 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 06 15; 36(24):6445-58.
  8. Schneider R, Galifianakis NB. Innovative approaches in caring for people with Parkinson disease: Filling the gaps. Neurol Clin Pract. 2016 Jun; 6(3):203-205.
  9. Dorsey ER, Achey MA, Beck CA, Beran DB, Biglan KM, Boyd CM, Schmidt PN, Simone R, Willis AW, Galifianakis NB, Katz M, Tanner CM, Dodenhoff K, Ziman N, Aldred J, Carter J, Jimenez-Shahed J, Hunter C, Spindler M, Mari Z, Morgan JC, McLane D, Hickey P, Gauger L, Richard IH, Bull MT, Mejia NI, Bwala G, Nance M, Shih L, Anderson L, Singer C, Zadikoff C, Okon N, Feigin A, Ayan J, Vaughan C, Pahwa R, Cooper J, Webb S, Dhall R, Hassan A, Weis D, DeMello S, Riggare SS, Wicks P, Smith J, Keenan HT, Korn R, Schwarz H, Sharma S, Stevenson EA, Zhu W. National Randomized Controlled Trial of Virtual House Calls for People with Parkinson's Disease: Interest and Barriers. Telemed J E Health. 2016 07; 22(7):590-8.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Bott NT, Johnson ET, Schuff N, Galifianakis N, Subas T, Pollock J, Pressman P, Kramer JH, Possin KL. Sensitive measures of executive dysfunction in non-demented Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2014 Dec; 20(12):1430-3.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Spindler MA, Galifianakis NB, Wilkinson JR, Duda JE. Globus pallidus interna deep brain stimulation for tardive dyskinesia: case report and review of the literature. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2013 Feb; 19(2):141-7.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Air EL, Ryapolova-Webb E, de Hemptinne C, Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, Larson PS, Chang EF, Starr PA. Acute effects of thalamic deep brain stimulation and thalamotomy on sensorimotor cortex local field potentials in essential tremor. Clin Neurophysiol. 2012 Nov; 123(11):2232-8.
  20. Crowell AL, Ryapolova-Webb ES, Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, Shimamoto S, Lim DA, Starr PA. Oscillations in sensorimotor cortex in movement disorders: an electrocorticography study. Brain. 2012 Feb; 135(Pt 2):615-30.

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