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Ryan Walsh, MD, PhD


Ryan Walsh, MD, PhD

Appointed: 2011

Ryan Walsh, MD, PhD
Department: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Location: Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Mail Code Las Vegas
888 W. Bonneville
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Walsh graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Biology and went on to complete his medical and doctoral training in the NIH-funded MSTP MD/PhD program at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Walsh then received both post-doctoral training in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and residency training in Neurology at The University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Walsh subsequently pursued fellowship training in Movement Disorders with Dr. David Standaert and Dr. Ray Watts at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. During fellowship, Dr. Walsh developed an MRI-based analysis of structural and functional brain networks underlying cognitive dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease and received competitive funding from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and Civitan Research Foundation in support of this work.

Dr. Walsh joined Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in July 2011 as inaugural Director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program, and has stewarded the development of several programs new to the center including the Huntington’s Disease Comprehensive Clinic, the development of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health as a research site for both the Parkinson Study Group (where he is a member of both the Biomarkers and Cognitive Working Groups) and Huntington Study Group, and the development of clinical trial and investigator initiated research in Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Walsh has published and presented in the field of Parkinson’s Disease with emphasis on cognitive impairment, and his efforts have recently been recognized by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) where he was one of 13 individuals selected for the inaugural AAN Emerging Leaders Program and where he was recently selected to serve on the AAN Science Committee as well.

Professional Highlights

  • Director, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program, 2011-present
  • Director, Huntington's Disease Comprehensive Clinic, 2011-present
  • Parkinson's Disease Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research, 2010-2011
  • Graduate, University of Alabama at Birmingham Clinical and Translational Science Training Program, 2010
  • Parkinson's Disease Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research, 2009-2010
  • Civitan International Research Center Emerging Scholars Award, 2009-2010 
  • Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, 2004
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Scottish Rite Foundation, 1998-2002
  • Cardell Foundation Graduate Award, 1999
  • Cum Laude Graduate, Georgetown University, 1995

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Neurology Movement Disorders
Birmingham, AL USA
Residency - University of Chicago Hospitals
Chicago, IL USA
Internship - University of Chicago Hospitals
Chicago, IL USA
Medical School - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH USA
Doctorate - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH USA
Undergraduate - Georgetown University
Washington, DC USA


  • Neurology

Specialty Interests

Parkinson's disease, movement disorders, atypical parkinsonism, corticobasal degeneration, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple systems atrophy, huntington's disease, essential tremors, ataxia

Additional Training

Specialty and Research Interests:

  • Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson's Disease and Atypical parkinsonism
  • Gait freezing in Parkinson's Disease and Atypical parkinsonism
  • MRI and fMRI-based analyses of brain networks involved in cognitive impairment and abnormal movements in Parkinson's Disease and other Movement Disorders
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy for Parkinson's Disease and other Movement Disorders


  • The Movement Disorders Society
  • The American Academy of Neurology
  • Parkinson Study Group
  • Huntington Study Group
  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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As of 9/8/2014, Dr. Walsh has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English