Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
United States of America
Dr. Ian Bledsoe is a neurologist at the Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center at Mount Zion, where he sees patients who have movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, tremors, ataxia and dystonia. Bledsoe treats patients using medications, botulinum toxin injections and a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation. Bledsoe received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he subsequently completed an internship in internal medicine. He then completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology/EMG at Stanford Health Care. At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Bledsoe also completed a fellowship in movement disorders and a master's degree in clinical research. An assistant professor of neurology, Bledsoe is a member of the American Academy of Neurology; International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society; and Performing Arts Medicine Association. Before attending medical school, Bledsoe earned a bachelor's degree in violin performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He continues to play and perform in his free time.
His research interests include finding better treatments for dystonia and using neuroimaging to improve understanding of what causes the condition. He also has done research using neuroimaging to study cognitive problems associated with Parkinson's disease.Bledsoe has a special interest in dystonia — a disorder that causes involuntary movements, cramps and abnormal postures — and particularly a form of the condition that affects musicians and other patients whose work requires repetitive movements.