Refer an essential tremor patient for DBS

The OHSU Brain Institute movement disorders team offers quick referrals and easy access for patients with essential tremor who may benefit from deep brain stimulation (DBS). Learn which patients may qualify.

DBS referral process

Your first step is to fax your referral to 503-346-6854. For advice from our physicians, please call us at 503-494-4567.

If the patient may be a DBS candidate, you or your referral coordinator will talk with our patient access specialist. Please have the following information available:

  • Chart and most relevant progress notes (including those from previous neurologists) from the last six months of care, documenting the need for evaluation by a neurologist or neurological surgeon.
  • All available brain imaging studies (MRI, X-ray, CT, angiogram, PET) – sent electronically, if possible.
  • All available EEG or EMG results.
  • Reports of any abnormal findings on neurological examination.

All patients typically meet with an OHSU movement disorders neurologist and our neurosurgeon to evaluate candidacy for DBS.

If the patient is not a DBS candidate, we will contact you after the initial neurology consult. If the patient does qualify for DBS, or the initial neurology consult is bypassed with direct referral to neurological surgery, patients will have an initial neurosurgery consultation. Often, patients then proceed to a complete multidisciplinary evaluation. They may have DBS within approximately three months from your initial call.

How we communicate with you

On completion of your patient’s initial neurology consultation, multidisciplinary evaluation and surgery, you receive a letter summarizing the visit. OHSU will also call to discuss the results.