DBS Information for Referring Providers

Dr. Jeff Kraakevik working with a movement disorders patient.
Dr. Kraakevik working with a movement disorders patient.

Deep brain stimulation may be an option for patients with Parkinson’s or essential tremor whose disease is no longer responding well to medication or who meet certain other criteria. 

DBS was first performed at OHSU and in the United States 25 years ago, and our team led by Kim Burchiel, M.D., has performed more than 1,800 procedures since 1991. With outstanding outcomes, and an experienced and dedicated research group, we are committed to partnering with you to improve the quality of life for your patients with movement disorders.

First major national center to routinely offer “asleep” DBS

In 2011, Dr. Burchiel developed a new method of implanting DBS electrodes to treat Parkinson's disease and essential tremor while the patient is under general anesthesia, and OHSU remains one of the few offering “asleep” DBS. Surgery under anesthesia allows for more precise placement of electrodes in the brain, as our experienced neurosurgical team matches the high-resolution, pre-surgery MRI scan with preoperative and intraoperative CT scans to locate the target exactly. Outcomes are proven equally good, and patients are more comfortable with the procedure. Patients with Parkinson’s can take their medication the day of their DBS surgery. OHSU no longer performs awake DBS procedures.

Refer your patient

DBS for Parkinson’s

DBS can reduce Parkinson’s symptoms such as tremor, rigidity or stiffness, bradykinesia, and gait problems.

Learn which Parkinson's patients qualify and how to refer a patient.

DBS for essential tremor

Essential tremor was the first condition for which the FDA approved deep brain stimulation, in 1997. Our team is highly experienced at DBS for this common neurological disorder.

Learn which essential tremor patients qualify and how to refer a patient.

Downloadable guide

OBI DBS deep brain stimulation provider brochure guide for referring providers

We've put together a complete guide to DBS at OHSU.

We also offer DBS guides for patients: one for those with Parkinson's disease and one for those with essential tremor.