Jerrold Vitek, MD, PhD


Academic Title

Professor and Chair

Clinical Title

University of Minnesota Physician


Medical School
University of Minnesota

The Johns Hopkins University

PhD Degree
University of Minnesota

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Heather Ogren

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Department of Neurology
University of Minnesota
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Department of Neurology
University of Minnesota
MMC 295, 420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Bio Statement

I am the Head of the Neurology Department and the Director of the Neuromodulation Research Program at the University of Minnesota. I previously served as the Neuromodulation Research Center Director at the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation developing functional surgery and deep brain stimulation (DBS) techniques for the treatment of neurological disease. I have also held faculty positions at Emory University and The Johns Hopkins University, where I assisted in the development of the functional neurosurgery programs and conducted research on the pathophysiology of movement disorders and mechanism(s) underlying the beneficial effects of DBS.

I am currently the PI on several NIH-, foundation- and industry-funded grants, which include both non-human primate and human clinical studies on the neurophysiology of movement disorders and neuromodulation mechanisms. I am also the PI for an industry-sponsored multicenter phase III pivotal clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of a new neuromodulation device for the purposes of an FDA PMA submission. Many of my research projects involve close collaboration with other neurologists, neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, and/or biomedical engineers. Much of this work has provided new insight into the neurophysiology of movement disorders and the therapeutic mechanisms of DBS and contributed to improvements in DBS surgery and treatment as well as the application of DBS to other neurological disorders.