Dr. Olaf Stuve is a tenured Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and Chief of Neurology at the VA North Texas Health Care System/ Dallas VA Medical Center.  He received his medical degree from the Free University of Berlin, completed a medical doctoral thesis in physiology at the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin magna cum laude, and earned a Ph.D. in immunology in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Immunology at Maastricht University.  He completed a transitional internship at the University of Cape Town, and a preliminary internship and neurology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Dr. Stüve also received postdoctoral fellowship training in neuroimmunology at McGill University in Montreal, and at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Dr. Stuve is the section chief of Neurology, and the medical director of the MS clinic at the Dallas VA Medical Center.  The Dallas VA Medical Center is a major teaching and medical research center in North Texas, which incorporates a 30 bed Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center for veterans with spinal cord injuries and MS, transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica (NMO), and related disorders.  Several hundred patients are currently being seen at the Dallas VA Medical Center, which makes it one of the largest MS clinics in the VA system.

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Stuve has been the site principal investigator and a consultant for numerous clinical trials.  He has also served on data monitoring committees for clinical trials that test the safety and efficacy of therapies in patients with autoimmune and inflammatory disorders.

Dr. Stuve also runs a research laboratory at UT Southwestern.  His research interests include molecular and cellular markers of autoimmunity, immune tolerance, and experimental therapies for autoimmune disorders, and he has numerous ongoing collaborations with national and international investigators.  He has mentored graduate students, medical students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows.  Dr. Stuve’s research has been supported by grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  He has published over 200 research articles, review articles, editorials, and book chapters.

Dr. Stuve is a fellow of the American Neurological Association (FANA), and the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN).  He is an elected member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.  Dr. Stuve has received numerous clinical teaching awards.


Medical School
Freie University Berlin (1993), Medicine
Medical School
Max Delbruck Center for Molecu (1994), Physiology
Graduate School
Maastricht University (1994), Immunology

Research Interest

  • Experimental therapies for autoimmune disorders
  • Immune tolerance
  • Molecular and cellular markers of autoimmunity


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Human Aquaporin 4281-300 is the immunodominant linear determinant in the context of HLA-DRB1*03:01: relevance for diagnosing and monitoring patients with Neuromyelitis Optica.
Arellano B, Hussain R, Zacharias T, Yoon J, David C, Zein S, Steinman L, Forsthuber T, Greenberg BM, Lambracht-Washington D, Ritchie AM, Bennett JL, Stüve O Arch. Neurol. 2012 Sep 69 9 1125-31

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (ΑΩΑ) Honor Medical Society
    Honorary member, Texas Gamma Chapter (2013)
  • Clinical Teaching Award Neurology
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Class of 2012 (2011)
  • Clinical Teaching Award Neurology
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Class of 2011 (2010)
  • Clinical Scientist Development Award
    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2009)
  • Clinical Teaching Award Neurology
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Class of 2008 (2007)
  • Postdoctoral scholarship
    Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (2001)
  • Advanced postdoctoral fellowship grant
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) (2000)
  • H.-L. Teuber price
    The Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal (1996)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship grant
    Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany (1995)
  • Magna cum laude M.D. thesis
    Free University of Berlin, Germany (1994)