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Shilpa Chitnis, MD., Ph.D, FAAN, FANA.,  is Professor of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. 

Dr. Chitnis graduated from medical school from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India.  She then completed a Ph.D., graduate school program in Pharmacology from Tulane University medical center in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She completed a residency program in Neurology also at Tulane University and finally completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. She has been a practicing movement disorders neurologist for the past 18 years taking care of patients with various movement disorders including Parkinsonism, tremor, dystonia, chorea, myoclonus, ataxia, functional neurological disorders and gait disorders. She is considered an international expert in the clinical care of patients with Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) devices. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).

She served as associate residency program director for the Neurology residency program for 10 years. She serves as fellowship director for movement disorders and leads 12 fellowship programs in the Dept. of Neurology. She is the medical director of the deep brain stimulation program for movement disorders.  She is intricately involved in resident and fellow education. Dr. Chitnis is also the Director of the Faculty Mentoring Program for the Dept. of Neurology since August of 2020. 

She is a co-editor of two handbooks in the movement disorders field. She has authored many prominent publications in the field of movement disorders and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous Neurology journals including JAMA Neurology, Movement Disorders, Tremor and other hyperkinetic disordeers and Parkinsonism and related disorders to name a few. She serves on the editorial board of Clinical Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (CPRD). 

Dr. Chitnis is one of the lead faculty and co-director of the MDS-LEAP program, an international program developed by the movement disorders society (MDS) to engage young neurologists to train and take on leadership roles within MDS.  She is the Co-Chair of the San Francisco Match Committee for Movement Disorders. She serves on the sub group of undergraduate education committee (UES) for the american academy of Neurology (AAN), graduate education subcommittee (GES) for AAN and sections and subspecialty committee of the AAN.

She lives in Plano, Texas with her husband, teenage daughter and doggie, Cookie.


Tulane University School of Medicine (2002), Neurology
LSU Health Sciences Center (2003), Movement Disorders

Research Interest

  • Education research in movement disorders
  • Functional Movement Disorders/Functional Neurological Disorders (FMD/FND)
  • New and Emerging Therapies for Parkinson's Disease
  • on-going quality improvement in Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders/creative programming techniques for DBS
  • Psychosis and cognitive impairment in Parkinson's Disease


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Viewpoint on Milestones for Fellowship Training in Movement Disorders.
Ratliff JB, Schaefer SM, Chitnis S, Cooney JW, Hess CW, Okubadejo N, Shalash A, Moro E, Sue C, Pandey S, Pal PK, Yang L, Mov Disord 2022 Jul
Dysarthria treatment for Parkinson's disease: one-year follow-up of SPEAK OUT!® with the LOUD Crowd®.
Behrman A, Cody J, Chitnis S, Elandary S, Logoped Phoniatr Vocol 2021 Aug 1-8
An Online Education Method for Movement Disorders during COVID-19: Opportunity and Experience.
Mahajan A, El-Nazer R, Chitnis S, Mov Disord 2021 May
 Management of Parkinson's Disease during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities.
McDaniels B, Novak D, Braitsch M, Chitnis S. 2021
Lack of Accredited Clinical Training in Movement Disorders in Europe, Egypt, and Tunisia.
Tamás G, Fabbri M, Falup-Pecurariu C, Teodoro T, Kurtis MM, Aliyev R, Bonello M, Brozova H, Coelho MS, Contarino MF, Corvol JC, Dietrichs E, Ben Djebara M, Elmgreen SB, Groppa S, Kadastik-Eerme L, Khatiashvili I, Kostic V, Krismer F, Hassan Mansour A, Odin P, Gavriliuc O, Olszewska DA, Relja M, Scheperjans F, Skorvanek M, Smilowska K, Taba P, Tavadyan Z, Valante R, Vujovic B, Waldvogel D, Yalcin-Cakmakli G, Chitnis S, Ferreira JJ, J Parkinsons Dis 2020 Jul
Advanced MRI techniques for transcranial high intensity focused ultrasound targeting.
Shah BR, Lehman VT, Kaufmann TJ, Blezek D, Waugh J, Imphean D, Yu FF, Patel TR, Chitnis S, Dewey RB, Maldjian JA, Chopra R, Brain 2020 Jun
The Effect of SPEAK OUT! and The LOUD Crowd on Dysarthria Due to Parkinson's Disease.
Behrman A, Cody J, Elandary S, Flom P, Chitnis S, Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2020 May 1-18
Patient perceptions and knowledge of Parkinson's disease and treatment (KnowPD)
Meagen R.Salinas, Elizabeth J.Chambers, Travis Ho, Pravin Khemani, DaiWai M.Olson, Sonja Stutzman and Shilpa Chitnis CPRD 2020 3
Deep Brain Stimulation and Sleep-Wake Disturbances in Parkinson Disease: A Review.
Sharma VD, Sengupta S, Chitnis S, Amara AW Front Neurol 2018 9 697
Comparison of Globus Pallidus Interna and Subthalamic Nucleus in Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson Disease: An Institutional Experience and Review.
Mirza S, Yazdani U, Dewey Iii R, Patel N, Dewey RB, Miocinovic S, Chitnis S Parkinsons Dis 2017 2017 3410820


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Honors & Awards

  • Associate editor for Neuromodulation for tremor and other hyperkinetic disorders journal
    Reviews submitted articles and helps the editor make decisions about acceptance of appropriate articles. (2021)
  • International Parkinson disease and movement disorders society (IPDMDS)
    Leadership Program Director (MDS-LEAP) (2021)
  • MDS CME committee
    Serves on the CME committee to define CME activities for international MDS (2021)
  • MDS educational committee
    Serves on the international MDS education committee to define educational activities of the MDS (2021)
  • Oxford University Press (OUP), Deep Brain Stimulation: A Case-Based Approach
    Editor (2020)
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
    Graduate Education Subcommittee member (2019)
  • Best Doctors of America
    National selection (2019-2020)
  • Clinical Parkinsonism Related Disorders
    Editorial Board Member (2019)
  • MDS-PAS Executive Committee Member
    Selected to serve on the movement disorders society's Pan American Section executive committee (2019-2023)
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
    Sections and sub-specialty committee member (2018)
  • International Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Society
    Chair of the public relations and member engagement committee (2017-2019)
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
    Fellow (FAAN) (2015)
  • American Neurological Association (ANA)
    Fellow (FANA) (2013)
  • Best Doctors of America
    National selection (2013-2016)
  • Oxford University Press (OUP): Movement Disorders
    Editor (2010)
  • Medical Advisory Board
    Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS) (2009)
  • Medical Advisory Board
    Parkinson's Voice Project (PVP), Dallas (2008)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) Society (2019)
  • American Academy of Neurology (1997)
  • International Parkinson's disease and movement disorders society (IPDMDS) (1997)