Ryan Walsh, MD, PhD

702.483.6000

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
WorkAppointment:702.483.6000
WorkFax:702.483.6007
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Following a BS at Georgetown University, Dr. Walsh completed a combined MD/PhD program at The University of Cincinnati where his research focused on understanding the role of the brain dopamine system in reward and motivation. Dr. Walsh subsequently pursued Residency in Neurology at The University of Chicago Hospitals during which time he produced several publications related to understanding movement and movement disorders.

Dr. Walsh went on to complete a Movement Disorders Clinical Fellowship and join the faculty at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where as the Francis and Ingeborg Heide Schumann Fellow in Parkinson's Disease Research he developed MRI and fMRI-based analyses of brain networks underlying cognitive dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease. In July 2011, Dr. Walsh joined The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health as Director of its Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program.

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
2010
Residency - University of Chicago Hospitals
Neurology
Chicago, IL USA
2008
Internship - University of Chicago Hospitals
Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
2005
Medical School - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH USA
2004
Doctorate - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Neuroscience
Cincinnati, OH USA
2001
Undergraduate - Georgetown University
Washington, DC USA
1995

Certifications

  • 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

Memberships

  • 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

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/20/2013, Dr. Walsh has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Walsh received fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Teva Neuroscience

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

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Languages Spoken

  • English
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