Meet Dr. Delaram Safarpour

Dr. Delaram Safarpour

Dr. Delaram Safarpour is a movement disorders neurologist with special interest in Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and other movement disorders. She is a member of OHSU’s Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders Program and serves as medical director of OHSU’s deep brain stimulation program. She is also a member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) and the Parkinson Study Group (PSG).

Dr. Safarpour runs a busy clinic at OHSU and is involved in several multicenter clinical trials. Her research on the role of gastrointestinal dysfunction in individuals with Parkinson’s disease in whom there is a lack of a typical response to levodopa recently was awarded funding through the PSG.

In 2019 Dr. Safarpour was recognized for her teaching of medical students with an Excellence in Teaching Award from the OHSU School of Medicine. She was also recognized by her peers as a “Top Doctor” in Portland Monthly magazine. She has authored many papers in peer reviewed journals, co-authored several book chapters on movement disorders, and has lectured on Parkinson’s disease around the country. Locally, she has been very active in giving talks on Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor to support groups, including outreach programs in rural Oregon.

Dr. Safarpour’s primary focus is on improving the quality of life of her patients. “I feel a sense of achievement when I see them happier, more independent, and able to do what they thought was never going to be possible for them to do”, she says; “I find it very rewarding when I see them smile after I finish their DBS programming.”


Dr. Safarpour earned her medical degree from Azad University, Tehran, Iran in 2007. She subsequently came to the USA, where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in movement disorders at Yale University. She then moved to Philadelphia, where she completed her internship and residency training in Neurology at Temple University in 2015, followed by a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology.  In 2017, she and her husband moved to Portland, where both assumed faculty positions as physicians at OHSU. In her time with her family, she tries to be a role model for her young sons and teaches them how to be kind and passionate about what they choose to do in life.

Education and Training

  • Medical Degree, Azad University of Tehran, Iran
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Movement Disorders, Yale University
  • Residency in Neurology, Temple University Hospital
  • Fellowship in Movement Disorders, University of Pennsylvania


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2015
  • Parkinson Study Group, 2019

Leadership Positions

  • Medical Director of Deep Brain Stimulation Program, OHSU

Awards and Recognition

  • Top Doctor 2019, Portland Monthly Magazine
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, OHSU School of Medicine class of 2019

For providers

Learn more about OHSU’s deep brain stimulation team and services, including:

  • Our easy referral process
  • Access to specialists through telemedicine
  • The ability to track your patient’s care in real time

For patients

Do you have Parkinson’s or essential tremor? Learn more about OHSU’s deep brain stimulation program and whether you could benefit. You’ll find:

  • Information tailored to your condition
  • What you can expect from DBS treatment
  • The expert care at OHSU