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profileLudy Chen Shih, M.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Neurology
InstitutionBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
DepartmentNeurology
AddressBeth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr
Neurology, Kirstein 228
330 Brookline Ave
Boston MA 02215
Phone617/667-0519
Fax617/975-5454
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Stanford University, Stanford, CABS06/1997Biological Sciences
UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CAMD05/2002Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA06/2003Internship, Internal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA06/2006Residency, Neurology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA06/2007Fellowship, Movement Disorders
Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology, Boston, MAMMSc06/2010Clinical Investigation
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2001Alpha Omega Alpha Student Research Fellowship
2001American Stroke Association Student Scholarship in Cerebrovascular Disease
2002Carl and Edith Lasky Research Award
2002Richard D. Walter Award, UCLA Dept. of Neurology
2002Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
2007 - 2008Judith Goldberg Translational Research in Parkinson's Disease Grant
2008 - 2009Harvard-MIT Clinical Investigator Training Program Fellowship

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My clinical and research interests focus primarily on the use of deep brain stimulation for disorders of the basal ganglia. The primary conditions for which this therapy is used include dystonia, tremor and Parkinson's disease (PD). I am interested in characterization of circuitry of specific motor phenomenology in movement disorders, such as essential tremor and gait disorder associated with Parkinson's disease.

My clinical practice consists of evaluation and ongoing treatment of movement disorders including tremor, Parkinson's disease, and dystonia. In addition, I am the co-director of our multidisciplinary deep brain stimulation (DBS) program for movement disorders along with Ron Alterman, MD (neurosurgery).

Currently ongoing projects include a translational approach to gait analysis in human subjects with Parkinson's disease along with Dr. Veronique Vanderhorst. We are examining the utility and validity of measuring gait in a velocity-dependent manner in subjects with PD under various conditions.

Other projects under development noninvasive stimulation of the cerebellum for essential tremor, study of new investigational drugs for treatment of essential tremor and standardization of screening and outcomes guiding selection of patients for deep brain stimulation therapy. I am also involved in the planning of a nationwide registry for deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease.


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  1. Beck CA, Beran DB, Biglan KM, Boyd CM, Dorsey ER, Schmidt PN, Simone R, Willis AW, Galifianakis NB, Katz M, Tanner CM, Dodenhoff K, Aldred J, Carter J, Fraser A, Jimenez-Shahed J, Hunter C, Spindler M, Reichwein S, Mari Z, Dunlop B, Morgan JC, McLane D, Hickey P, Gauger L, Richard IH, Mejia NI, Bwala G, Nance M, Shih LC, Singer C, Vargas-Parra S, Zadikoff C, Okon N, Feigin A, Ayan J, Vaughan C, Pahwa R, Dhall R, Hassan A, DeMello S, Riggare SS, Wicks P, Achey MA, Elson MJ, Goldenthal S, Keenan HT, Korn R, Schwarz H, Sharma S, Stevenson EA, Zhu W. National randomized controlled trial of virtual house calls for Parkinson disease. Neurology. 2017 Sep 12; 89(11):1152-1161. PMID: 28814455.
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  2. Broom L, Ellison BA, Worley A, Wagenaar L, Sörberg E, Ashton C, Bennett DA, Buchman AS, Saper CB, Shih LC, Hausdorff JM, VanderHorst VG. A translational approach to capture gait signatures of neurological disorders in mice and humans. Sci Rep. 2017 Jun 12; 7(1):3225. PMID: 28607434.
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  3. Shih LC, Pascual-Leone A. Non-invasive Brain Stimulation for Essential Tremor. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov (N Y). 2017; 7:458. PMID: 28373927.
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  4. Horn A, Kühn AA, Merkl A, Shih L, Alterman R, Fox M. Probabilistic conversion of neurosurgical DBS electrode coordinates into MNI space. Neuroimage. 2017 Apr 15; 150:395-404. PMID: 28163141.
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  5. Norris SA, Jinnah HA, Espay AJ, Klein C, Brüggemann N, Barbano RL, Malaty IA, Rodriguez RL, Vidailhet M, Roze E, Reich SG, Berman BD, LeDoux MS, Richardson SP, Agarwal P, Mari Z, Ondo WG, Shih LC, Fox SH, Berardelli A, Testa CM, Cheng FC, Truong D, Nahab FB, Xie T, Hallett M, Rosen AR, Wright LJ, Perlmutter JS. Clinical and demographic characteristics related to onset site and spread of cervical dystonia. Mov Disord. 2016 Dec; 31(12):1874-1882. PMID: 27753188.
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  6. Graebner AK, Tarsy D, Shih LC, Vanderhorst V, Kulkarni O, Kaplan S, Simon DK. Clinical Impact of 123I-Ioflupane SPECT (DaTscan) in a Movement Disorder Center. Neurodegener Dis. 2017; 17(1):38-43. PMID: 27614874.
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  7. Gibbons CH, Garcia J, Wang N, Shih LC, Freeman R. The diagnostic discrimination of cutaneous a-synuclein deposition in Parkinson disease. Neurology. 2016 Aug 02; 87(5):505-12. PMID: 27385742; PMCID: PMC4970658 [Available on 08/02/17].
  8. Rossi PJ, Gunduz A, Judy J, Wilson L, Machado A, Giordano JJ, Elias WJ, Rossi MA, Butson CL, Fox MD, McIntyre CC, Pouratian N, Swann NC, de Hemptinne C, Gross RE, Chizeck HJ, Tagliati M, Lozano AM, Goodman W, Langevin JP, Alterman RL, Akbar U, Gerhardt GA, Grill WM, Hallett M, Herrington T, Herron J, van Horne C, Kopell BH, Lang AE, Lungu C, Martinez-Ramirez D, Mogilner AY, Molina R, Opri E, Otto KJ, Oweiss KG, Pathak Y, Shukla A, Shute J, Sheth SA, Shih LC, Steinke GK, Tröster AI, Vanegas N, Zaghloul KA, Cendejas-Zaragoza L, Verhagen L, Foote KD, Okun MS. Proceedings of the Third Annual Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank: A Review of Emerging Issues and Technologies. Front Neurosci. 2016; 10:119. PMID: 27092042; PMCID: PMC4821860.
  9. Dorsey ER, Achey MA, Beck CA, Beran DB, Biglan KM, Boyd CM, Schmidt PN, Simone R, Willis AW, Galifianakis NB, Katz M, Tanner CM, Dodenhoff K, Ziman N, Aldred J, Carter J, Jimenez-Shahed J, Hunter C, Spindler M, Mari Z, Morgan JC, McLane D, Hickey P, Gauger L, Richard IH, Bull MT, Mejia NI, Bwala G, Nance M, Shih L, Anderson L, Singer C, Zadikoff C, Okon N, Feigin A, Ayan J, Vaughan C, Pahwa R, Cooper J, Webb S, Dhall R, Hassan A, Weis D, DeMello S, Riggare SS, Wicks P, Smith J, Keenan HT, Korn R, Schwarz H, Sharma S, Stevenson EA, Zhu W. National Randomized Controlled Trial of Virtual House Calls for People with Parkinson's Disease: Interest and Barriers. Telemed J E Health. 2016 Jul; 22(7):590-8. PMID: 26886406; PMCID: PMC4939367 [Available on 07/01/17].
  10. Parihar R, Alterman R, Papavassiliou E, Tarsy D, Shih LC. Comparison of VIM and STN DBS for Parkinsonian Resting and Postural/Action Tremor. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov (N Y). 2015; 5:321. PMID: 26196027; PMCID: PMC4502347.
  11. Huang CY, Tsai CW, Hsu CM, Shih LC, Chang WS, Shui HA, Bau DT. The role of XRCC6/Ku70 in nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2015 Dec; 44(12):1480-5. PMID: 26149939.
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  12. Gunduz A, Morita H, Rossi PJ, Allen WL, Alterman RL, Bronte-Stewart H, Butson CR, Charles D, Deckers S, de Hemptinne C, DeLong M, Dougherty D, Ellrich J, Foote KD, Giordano J, Goodman W, Greenberg BD, Greene D, Gross R, Judy JW, Karst E, Kent A, Kopell B, Lang A, Lozano A, Lungu C, Lyons KE, Machado A, Martens H, McIntyre C, Min HK, Neimat J, Ostrem J, Pannu S, Ponce F, Pouratian N, Reymers D, Schrock L, Sheth S, Shih L, Stanslaski S, Steinke GK, Stypulkowski P, Tröster AI, Verhagen L, Walker H, Okun MS. Proceedings of the Second Annual Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank: What's in the Pipeline. Int J Neurosci. 2015; 125(7):475-85. PMID: 25526555; PMCID: PMC4743588.
  13. Smith KM, O'Connor M, Papavassiliou E, Tarsy D, Shih LC. Phonemic verbal fluency decline after subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation does not depend on number of microelectrode recordings or lead tip placement. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2014 Apr; 20(4):400-4. PMID: 24495709.
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  14. Sarkar SN, Papavassiliou E, Hackney DB, Alsop DC, Shih LC, Madhuranthakam AJ, Busse RF, La Ruche S, Bhadelia RA. Three-dimensional brain MRI for DBS patients within ultra-low radiofrequency power limits. Mov Disord. 2014 Apr; 29(4):546-9. PMID: 24442797.
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  15. Shih LC, Tarsy D, Okun MS. The current state and needs of north american movement disorders fellowship programs. Parkinsons Dis. 2013; 2013:701426. PMID: 23984186; PMCID: PMC3745959.
  16. Shih LC, LaFaver K, Lim C, Papavassiliou E, Tarsy D. Loss of benefit in VIM thalamic deep brain stimulation (DBS) for essential tremor (ET): how prevalent is it? Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2013 Jul; 19(7):676-9. PMID: 23582712.
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  17. Shih LC, Vanderhorst VG, Lozano AM, Hamani C, Moro E. Improvement of pisa syndrome with contralateral pedunculopontine stimulation. Mov Disord. 2013 Apr; 28(4):555-6. PMID: 23389993; PMCID: PMC3622834.
  18. Kulkarni O, Lafaver K, Papavassiliou E, Tarsy D, Shih LC. Thalamic and subthalamic deep brain stimulation for parkinsonian tremor: are two circuits involved? Mov Disord. 2013 Apr; 28(4):554-5. PMID: 23389961.
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  19. Shih LC, Piel J, Warren A, Kraics L, Silver A, Vanderhorst V, Simon DK, Tarsy D. Singing in groups for Parkinson's disease (SING-PD): a pilot study of group singing therapy for PD-related voice/speech disorders. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2012 Jun; 18(5):548-52. PMID: 22436653.
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  20. Shih LC, Vanderhorst V, Papavassiliou E, Tarsy D. Sustained dyskinesias following elective cessation and reactivation of chronic subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation for a surgical procedure. Neuromodulation. 2011 Nov-Dec; 14(6):512-4; discussion 514. PMID: 21854491.
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  21. Shih LC, Tarsy D. Survey of U.S. neurologists' attitudes towards deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease. Neuromodulation. 2011 May-Jun; 14(3):208-13; discussion 213. PMID: 21992241.
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  22. Patel S, Chen BR, Mancinelli C, Paganoni S, Shih L, Welsh M, Dy J, Bonato P. Longitudinal monitoring of patients with Parkinson's disease via wearable sensor technology in the home setting. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011; 2011:1552-5. PMID: 22254617.
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  23. Chen BR, Patel S, Buckley T, Rednic R, McClure DJ, Shih L, Tarsy D, Welsh M, Bonato P. A web-based system for home monitoring of patients with Parkinson's disease using wearable sensors. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2011 Mar; 58(3):831-6. PMID: 21041152.
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  24. Ekstein D, Shih LC, Sheen V. Neurological picture. Focal botulinum toxin injections lead to rapid resolution of myogenic artefact during EEG monitoring. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2010 Jun; 81(6):637-8. PMID: 20522871; PMCID: PMC3539720.
  25. Shih LC and Tarsy D. Paradoxical akinesia. Katie Kompoliti and Leonard Verhagen, editors. Encyclopedia of Movement Disorders. 2010.
  26. Shih LC, Tarsy D. Alien limb. Katie Kompoliti and Leonard Verhagen, editors. Encyclopedia of Movement Disorders. 2010.
  27. Patel S, Chen BR, Buckley T, Rednic R, McClure D, Tarsy D, Shih L, Dy J, Welsh M, Bonato P. Home monitoring of patients with Parkinson's disease via wearable technology and a web-based application. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2010; 2010:4411-4. PMID: 21096462.
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  28. Shih LC, Tarsy D. Dopamine Depletors. Katie Kompoliti and Leonard Verhagen, editors. Encyclopedia of Movement Disorders. 2010.
  29. Vanderhorst VG, Papavassiliou E, Tarsy D, Shih L. Early brain abscess: A rare complication of deep brain stimulation. Mov Disord. 2009 Jul 15; 24(9):1395-7. PMID: 19412938.
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  30. Simon DK, Tarsy D and Shih LC. BMJ Point-of-Care 2009; www.pointofcare.bmj.com. (Last accessed July, 2009) . Dystonia. 2009.
  31. Shih LC, Tarsy D and Papavassiliou E. Unsuccessful revision of Vim DBS leads in essential tremor (ET) patients with late failures: three cases. Movement Disorders. 2009; 24(Suppl 1):S492.
  32. Lungu C, Aia PG, Shih LC, Esper CD, Factor SA, Tarsy D. Tardive dyskinesia due to aripiprazole: report of 2 cases. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2009 Apr; 29(2):185-6. PMID: 19512985.
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  33. Shih L and Tarsy D. Parkinson’s Disease. Waldman S and Terzic A, editors, Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Principles to Practice. 2009; 651-662.
  34. Shih LC and Tarsy D. Movement disorders. Savitz SI and Ronthal M, editors, Neurology Review for Psychiatrists. 2009; 81-105.
  35. Shih L and Tarsy D. Deep Brain Stimulation in Atypical Parkinsonism. Tarsy D, Okun M, Starr P and Vitek J, eds. Deep Brain Stimulation in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders. 2008; 291-303.
  36. Shih LC, Tarsy D. Deep brain stimulation for the treatment of atypical parkinsonism. Mov Disord. 2007 Nov 15; 22(15):2149-55. PMID: 17659638.
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  37. Shih LC, Sobeih M, Tarsy D. Secondary nonkinesigenic paroxysmal dystonia after thalamic infarcts. Movement Disorders. 2007; 22(Suppl 16):S155.
  38. Shih LC, Saver JL, Alger JR, Starkman S, Leary MC, Vinuela F, Duckwiler G, Gobin YP, Jahan R, Villablanca JP, Vespa PM, Kidwell CS. Perfusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging thresholds identifying core, irreversibly infarcted tissue. Stroke. 2003 Jun; 34(6):1425-30. PMID: 12738899.
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  39. Shih LC, Jarvinen N, Peltonen L. Positional cloning of the gene for Lethal Congenital Contracture Syndrome (LCCS). Journal of Investigative Medicine. 2000; 48(1 Suppl):77.
  40. Jarvinen NA, Makela-Bengs P, Chen L, Vuopala K, Peltonen L. Towards the gene for Lethal Congenital Contracture Syndrome. American Journal of Human Genetics. 1999; 65(4 Suppl):1698.
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