Deep Brain Stimulation Expertise at OHSU

OHSU has the nation’s most experienced team in deep brain stimulation surgery. Dr. Kim Burchiel (left)
OHSU has the nation’s most experienced team in deep brain stimulation surgery. Dr. Kim Burchiel (left)

Why OHSU?

OHSU’s deep brain stimulation team offers unparalleled expertise and excellent outcomes.

  • Our team has been performing DBS surgeries since 1991 for patients with Parkinson’s or essential tremor.
  • OHSU has the most experienced team in the Northwest to offer “asleep” DBS. The surgery is safer, faster and more precise – and patients avoid the anxiety of being awake.
  • Our outcomes are excellent. Studies underscore OHSU’s record of precision combined with minimal complications. Patients describe striking improvements in regained function and quality of life.
  • We encourage referring providers – in Oregon and elsewhere -- to be full partners in patient care.

OHSU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program

OHSU’s Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders Program is nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence for groundbreaking patient care, research and education. We are committed to collaboration and innovation. Our doctors and researchers work together to ensure that discoveries in the lab quickly lead to new treatments for patients. The program, founded in 1979, also partners with groups locally and nationally to make sure patients, families and providers have access to the latest findings.

Meet Dr. Burchiel

Dr. Kim Burchiel is among the nation's leading deep brain stimulation surgeons. He also pioneered “asleep” DBS surgery, giving patients the best-available comfort and results. He has conducted extensive DBS research, bringing new treatments to patients, and educates neurosurgeons all over the world on his work.

Meet our DBS team

Our team brings together experts in neurology, physical therapy, speech therapy, geriatrics and other disciplines. Our specialists work as a coordinated unit to support patients through a suite of services, from evaluation to post-operative care. They also give providers the tools they need to track patient care in real time and to offer follow-up care by telemedicine.