Paul Larson, MD


Dr. Paul S. Larson is a neurosurgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of movement disorders including Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Larson sees patients in the UCSF Movement Disorders Clinic.

Larson earned a medical degree at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in 1995 and completed an internship and residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. His areas of research include the use of interventional MRI in deep brain stimulation surgery, the use of gene therapy to treat Parkinson's disease and the role of the basal ganglia in hearing. He is chief of Neurosurgery and director of the Center for Advanced Neurosurgical Operative Procedures at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. Larson has received two teaching awards at UCSF, authored numerous publications and edited two textbooks on functional neurosurgery.


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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University of Arizona Medical School 1995


University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Neurological Surgery 2001


University of Louisville, Surgery 1996

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Talbott JF, Cooke DL, Mabray MC, Larson PS, Amans MR, Hetts SW, Wilson MW, Moore T, Salegio EA. Accuracy of image-guided percutaneous injection into a phantom spinal cord utilizing flat panel detector CT with MR fusion and integrated navigational software. J Neurointerv Surg. 2018 Apr 17.
  2. Kundishora AJ, Englot DJ, Starr PA, Martin AJ, Larson PS. Venous Thromboembolism during Interventional MRI-Guided Stereotactic Surgery. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2018; 96(1):40-45.
  3. Southwell DG, Birk HS, Larson PS, Starr PA, Sugrue LP, Auguste KI. Laser ablative therapy of sessile hypothalamic hamartomas in children using interventional MRI: report of 5 cases. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 Feb 16; 1-6.

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