Surgical Therapies to Improve Movement (STIM)/Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Approximately 42 million people in the United States suffer from a movement disorder, a neurological condition that causes abnormal movements. The STIM (Surgical Therapies Improving Movement) Program brings together a team of medical experts who are leaders in their respective fields and on the cutting-edge of the latest research to treat movement disorders. For carefully selected patients with Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremor, and Dystonia, deep brain stimulation (DBS) can provide a therapeutic option that reduces or eliminates troubling motor symptoms and greatly improves quality of life.

At Michigan Medicine, we are proud to have one of the best DBS programs in the country. With more than a dozen specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology and neuropsychology, together with our colleagues in speech pathology and physical medicine and rehabilitation, the STIM Program is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country. We also have the greatest number of movement disorder specialists in the region devoted to the care of patients, the understanding of disease processes and the development of new therapies.

Our clinical and research teams have developed a wide array of improvements to DBS, including special imaging tools that help doctors more accurately place the electrodes, and intraoperative motor and speech testing that results in fewer side effects for the patient. The team is continuously developing new techniques to improve outcomes for our DBS patients.

Learn more about movement disorders therapies at Michigan Medicine.


Kevin Chen, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology
Parag Patil, M.D.

Parag G. Patil, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Associate Professor, Neurology
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering


Taubman Center Floor 2 Reception G
1500 E Medical Center Dr SPC 5338
Ann Arbor, MI 48109