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Jill L. Ostrem


Medical Director and Division Chief, UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center
Deep brain stimulation specialist

Dr. Jill Ostrem is a neurologist with a special interest in treating movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, dystonia and essential tremor. She is medical director and division chief of the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center.

Ostrem's research focuses on improving diagnosis, experimental therapeutics and technical innovations in surgery treatments for movement disorders. She works to develop improved deep brain stimulation (DBS) systems – implanted devices that deliver electrical impulses to treat movement disorders– and investigates optimal DBS brain targets. She also studies innovations in patient care, including telehealth – providing health care through advanced technologies – and new models for palliative care.

Ostrem earned her medical degree from the George Washington University. She completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in movement disorders at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

After joining UCSF in 2003, Ostrem helped establish its internationally recognized clinical, research and training center for the treatment of movement disorders. The center has a long history and expertise in treating Parkinson's disease and dystonia with DBS. Ostrem is a member of the American Neurological Association, American Academy of Neurology and International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

  • Education

    GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences, 1998

  • Residencies

    Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Neurology, 2002

  • Fellowships

    Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Movement Disorders, 2003

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Academic Title


I feel privileged to care for patients with movement disorder conditions and fortunate to work with an amazing team.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    119 Ratings
    About our process
    Oct 05, 2023
    My experience was positive and very helpful.
    Sep 17, 2023
    Very good
    Sep 09, 2023
    Both Dr. Ostrem and the fellow who addressed my condition provided stellar medical care and excellent explanations in a patient and understanding manner. They made me feel as if I was their priority and the only patient at UCSF.
    Aug 31, 2023
    Dr. Ostrem is an excellent provider
    Aug 25, 2023
    Very good provider
    Jul 20, 2023
    Dr. Ostrem is great. I continue to recommend her to others.
    Jun 15, 2023
    Dr Ostrem is AMAZING!! THE BEST
    Apr 22, 2023
    Thorough exam I feel confident about my care.
    Mar 17, 2023
    Dr Ostrem and her medical team are the top of their field.
    Mar 15, 2023
    She presents an extremely professional and comforting experience for the patient..
    Mar 04, 2023
    Dr. Ostrem could not possibly have been any better. Compassionate and empathetic. A good listener
    Mar 03, 2023
    Dr Ostrem is fantastic. I feel lucky to have her as my doctor.
    Feb 11, 2023
    Dr Jill is an excellent provider she cares about her patients very patient kind goes over treatment plan to make sure all agree
    Jan 21, 2023
    DR. Ostrem is an excellent doctor. I'm lucky she is my doctor. I don't mind waiting to see her if she's running late just ask for timely notification/consideration. She was very attentive during our visit. I felt she had listened and responded to my concerns.
    Jan 12, 2023
    Dr. Ostrem and her fellow were excellentI was very inspired by their words and guidance and feel they listen expertly and understand my PD
    Dec 23, 2022
    Very good #5 isn't even high enough for how professional and competent Dr. Ostrem was. And I am a physician myself. She was wonderful.
    Nov 15, 2022
    Caregivers listen well and are encouraging.
    Nov 10, 2022
    Great care team headed by Jill Ostrem.
    Oct 29, 2022
    Dr.Ostrem and her assistant were more than informative patient and spent a lot of time with me.
    Oct 16, 2022
    The Neuro Science and Surgery is great!
    Oct 16, 2022
    Dr. Ostrem not only addressed my brother's medical issues but also his mental/psychological state - she addressed the whole person which I believe was excellent!
    Oct 06, 2022
    Excellent care from provider Dr.Jill
    Sep 26, 2022
    Dr. Ostrem is the head of the Movement Disorders Clinic. Each visit is split 45 minutes with the fellow and 15 minutes combined with both the fellow and her. That seems to work fine. Her overall level of care and concern fo me seems fine but on a personal level as her patient I feel less and less though her task is to see that my results under her treatment are good but there is no need to connect with me as a human being. This is in contrast to my feelings when she initially became my doctor. I believe her treatment plan for me has always been very effective.
    Sep 01, 2022
    Dr Ostrem is exceptional.
    Sep 01, 2022
    We love Dr Jill Ostrem.
    May 20, 2022
    I wanted to discuss care being proviy by therapist
    Apr 02, 2022
    Jill is a superb doctor with excellent communication. The UCSF system in general is very frustrating
    Mar 24, 2022
    I am very grateful to have Dr. Ostrem as my care provider at UCSF Movement Disorder. She is very knowledgeable professional warm caring compassionate. I truly admire and respect her as a care provider and renowned movement disorder neurologist.
    Decorative Caduceus

    Automated Imaging Differentiation of Parkinsonism

    utilizing the automated imaging differentiation of Parkinsonism (AIDP) tool to predict diagnosis compared to the expertise of two movement disorder specialists


    Decorative Caduceus

    Parkinson's Foundation PD GENEration Genetic Registry

    Identify people with Parkinson's who have genetic mutations to advance basic science and clinical research.