Meet the DBS Team

The Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program is composed of nationally known physicians from a variety of disciplines, all specializing in the treatment of movement and psychiatric disorders. Our integrated approach helps to ensure seamless patient care. The DBS team includes movement disorder neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, and administrative staff. We encourage referring physicians to contact us to discuss their patients, or to refer them for consultation.

To refer a patient for an appointment with our Deep Brain Stimulation team, please contact us at (617) 732-6858. We will ensure that our specialists see all patients promptly.

Michael Hayes, MD

Michael Hayes, MD

Neurology - Movement Disorders

Michael Hayes, MD, came to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) to develop the DBS Program and to head the new Department of Neurology at South Shore Hospital as the Vice Chair of Community Neurology at BWH.

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Allan H. Ropper, MD

Allan H. Ropper, MD

Neurology - Movement Disorders

Allan H. Ropper, MD, is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Raymond D. Adams Master Clinician and Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Lewis Richard Sudarsky, MD

Lewis Richard Sudarsky, MD

Neurology - Movement Disorders

Lewis Sudarsky, MD, the Director of the Movement Disorder Division of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s, is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of Parkinson disease, ataxia, dystonia, and other movement disorders.

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Chizoba C. Umeh, MD

Chizoba C. Umeh, MD

Neurology - Movement Disorders

Chizoba Umeh, MD, is an Associate Neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and Essential tremor including evaluation of deep brain stimulation surgery candidacy and performs deep brain stimulation programming.

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Garth Rees Cosgrove, MD

Garth Rees Cosgrove, MD

Neurosurgery

G. Rees Cosgrove, MD, FRCSC, FACS is an internationally acclaimed stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon with over 30 years of experience in the surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders.

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Sarah Christie, PA-C

Sarah Christie, PA-C

Neurosurgery

Sarah Christie, PA-C is the PA (Physician Assistant) who works with Dr. Cosgrove in the management of DBS patients. She is responsible for working with Dr. Cosgrove in evaluating candidates for DBS, as well as during the peri-operative period for surgical patients. Sarah is part of the team with Heather Galvin-Carter and Dr. Cosgrove and available to patient for questions or concerns.

David A. Silbersweig, MD

David A. Silbersweig, MD

Psychiatry

David Silbersweig, MD, is one of the pioneers of functional neuroimaging research in psychiatry.

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Aaron Nelson, PhD

Aaron Nelson, PhD

Neuropsychology

Aaron Nelson, PhD, is Chief of Psychology and Neuropsychology and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nelson co-founded the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at BWH in 1994.

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Heather Galvin-Carter

Heather Galvin-Carter

Administration

Heather Galvin-Carter is the DBS Program Coordinator. She is responsible for managing program operations such as, but not limited to, coordination of patient appointments, surgical scheduling, event management, patient accommodations, and insurance approvals. Heather is our team’s first contact for new patients, referring physicians, and speaking requests.

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