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Aviva Ellenstein Aviva Ellenstein
Associate Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine

Office Phone: 202-741-2700
Email: Email
Department: Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine


  • BA, Bryn Mawr College, 1995
  • MD, Boston University, 2004
  • PhD, Boston University, 2004


Dr. Ellenstein is a clinician, scientist, and educator. Her clinical interests include Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia, and functional movement disorders. Her approach to patient care integrates best practices, evidence-based medicine, a biopsychosocial model of health, and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology) Member, American Academy of Neurology Member, Movement Disorders Society Special Volunteer, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH.

Centers and Institutes


Timing-dependent modulation of the posterior parietal cortex-primary motor cortex pathway by sensorimotor training. Karabanov AN, Jin SH, Joutsen A, Poston B, Aizen J, Ellenstein A, Hallett M. J Neurophysiol 107(11):3190-9 (2012)

Ellenstein A, Kranick SM, Hallett M. An Update on Psychogenic Movement Disorders. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports 11:396–403 (2011)

Kranick SM, Ellenstein A, Hallett M. Psychiatric Comorbidities and Risk Factors in Psychogenic Movement Disorders: A Biopsychosocial Approach. European Neurological Journal 2:1–7 (2010)

Karakis I, Ellenstein A, Roselló GR, and Romero JR. Somnolence and Stuttering as the Primary Manifestations of a Midbrain Stroke. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology 1(3) 73-74 (2008)

Amyloid Precursor Protein Interacts with Notch Receptors. Oh SY* and Ellenstein A*, Chen CD, Hinman J, Berg E, Costello C, Yamin R, Neve R, and Abraham C. Journal of Neuroscience Research 82:32-42 (2005)

Phenacenes: A Family of Graphite Ribbons 2. Syntheses of Some [7]Phenacenes and an [11]Phenacene by Stilbene-like Photo-cyclizations. Mallory F, Butler K, Evans, Brondyke A, Mallory C, Yang C, and Ellenstein A. Journal of the American Chemical Society 119:2119-2124 (1997)

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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