Ian Bledsoe, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-353-2311
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-8885-8148 Additional info
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    Rush University Medical CenterMS2016Clinical Research
    University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineMD2009
    Stanford University Medical CenterResidency2013Neurology
    Stanford University Medical CenterFellowship2014
    Rush University Medical CenterFellowship2016Movement Disorders
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    UCSF2021  - 2022The Cheryl Jay Master Clinician Award for Clinical Excellence in Neurology
    American Academy of Neurology2020  - 2021Jon Stolk Award in Movement Disorders for Young Investigators
    Stanford University2012  - 2013Neurology Clerkship Teaching Award

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    Dr. Ian Bledsoe is a neurologist who cares for patients who have Parkinson's disease, tremors, ataxia, dystonia and other movement disorders. His treatments include medications, botulinum toxin injections and a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation.

    Bledsoe has a special interest in dystonia, a disorder that causes involuntary movements, cramps and abnormal postures. He particularly focuses on a form of the condition that affects musicians and other patients whose work requires repetitive movements.

    Bledsoe's research interests include finding better treatments for dystonia and using neuroimaging – advanced image-producing technologies applied to the nervous system – to improve understanding of what causes the condition. He has also used neuroimaging to study cognitive problems associated with Parkinson's disease.

    Bledsoe received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in neurology as well as a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and electromyography at Stanford Health Care. At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, he also completed a fellowship in movement disorders and a master's degree in clinical research.

    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. He continues to play and perform in his free time.

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    1. Functional Imaging of Deep Brain Stimulation in Dystonia: A Review. Dystonia. 2023; 2:11440. Bledsoe IO, Morrison M.
    2. Parkinsonism of uncertain clinical significance (PUCS): A proposed new diagnostic entity. J Neurol Sci. 2023 08 15; 451:120696. Zitser J, Brown EG, Ostrem JL, Tanner CM, Rowe JB, Nguyen V, Rosen H, Geschwind MD, Bledsoe IO. PMID: 37352617.
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    3. Functional Impairment Preceding Parkinson Disease Diagnosis-What's in a Prodrome? JAMA Neurol. 2023 02 01; 80(2):130-132. Bledsoe IO, Yu J, Shukla AW. PMID: 36534382.
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    4. Enhancing Clinical Information Display to Improve Patient Encounters: Human-Centered Design and Evaluation of the Parkinson Disease-BRIDGE Platform. JMIR Hum Factors. 2022 May 06; 9(2):e33967. Brown EG, Schleimer E, Bledsoe IO, Rowles W, Miller NA, Sanders SJ, Rankin KP, Ostrem JL, Tanner CM, Bove R. PMID: 35522472; PMCID: PMC9123539.
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    5. Prefrontal Physiomarkers of Anxiety and Depression in Parkinson's Disease. Front Neurosci. 2021; 15:748165. de Hemptinne C, Chen W, Racine CA, Seritan AL, Miller AM, Yaroshinsky MS, Wang SS, Gilron R, Little S, Bledsoe I, San Luciano M, Katz M, Chang EF, Dawes HE, Ostrem JL, Starr PA. PMID: 34744613; PMCID: PMC8568318.
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    6. Paraneoplastic Syndrome Associated with Kelch-Like Protein 11 Antibodies Presenting with Progressive Ataxia and Tremor. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2021 Aug; 8(Suppl 1):S42-S44. Prakash P, Bledsoe IO. PMID: 34514048; PMCID: PMC8414488.
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    7. Commentary: Paraneoplastic Syndrome Associated with Kelch-Like Protein 11 Antibodies Presenting with Progressive Ataxia and Tremor. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2021 Aug; 8(Suppl 1):S45-S46. Fasano A, Prakash P, Bledsoe IO, Balint B. PMID: 34514049; PMCID: PMC8414493.
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    8. Embedded adaptive deep brain stimulation for cervical dystonia controlled by motor cortex theta oscillations. Exp Neurol. 2021 11; 345:113825. Johnson V, Wilt R, Gilron R, Anso J, Perrone R, Beudel M, Piña-Fuentes D, Saal J, Ostrem JL, Bledsoe I, Starr P, Little S. PMID: 34331900.
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    9. Long-term wireless streaming of neural recordings for circuit discovery and adaptive stimulation in individuals with Parkinson's disease. Nat Biotechnol. 2021 09; 39(9):1078-1085. Gilron R, Little S, Perrone R, Wilt R, de Hemptinne C, Yaroshinsky MS, Racine CA, Wang SS, Ostrem JL, Larson PS, Wang DD, Galifianakis NB, Bledsoe IO, San Luciano M, Dawes HE, Worrell GA, Kremen V, Borton DA, Denison T, Starr PA. PMID: 33941932; PMCID: PMC8434942.
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    10. Twelve Drummers Drumming… With Dystonia. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov (N Y). 2021 02 08; 11:6. Bledsoe IO, Reich SG, Frucht SJ, Goldman JG. PMID: 33633869; PMCID: PMC7894364.
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    11. Thalamic deep brain stimulation for acquired dystonia in children and young adults: a phase 1 clinical trial. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2020 Nov 27; 27(2):203-212. San Luciano M, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Dodenhoff KA, Gittings ML, Viser AC, Racine CA, Bledsoe IO, Watson Pereira C, Wang SS, Starr PA, Ostrem JL. PMID: 33254134; PMCID: PMC8155109.
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    12. Treatment of Dystonia: Medications, Neurotoxins, Neuromodulation, and Rehabilitation. Neurotherapeutics. 2020 10; 17(4):1622-1644. Bledsoe IO, Viser AC, San Luciano M. PMID: 33095402; PMCID: PMC7851280.
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    13. Medical education in movement disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2020 08; 77:11-12. Zuzuárregui JRP, Bledsoe IO, Brown EG, Dietiker CG, Galifianakis NB. PMID: 32570192; PMCID: PMC7295506.
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    14. FDA Approvals and Consensus Guidelines for Botulinum Toxins in the Treatment of Dystonia. Toxins (Basel). 2020 05 17; 12(5). Spiegel LL, Ostrem JL, Bledsoe IO. PMID: 32429600; PMCID: PMC7290737.
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    15. Phenomenology of Muscle Spasms in Satoyoshi Syndrome and Treatment With Botulinum Toxin Injections. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2020 Jul; 7(5):555-556. Bledsoe IO. PMID: 32626802; PMCID: PMC7328425.
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    16. Phenomenology and Management of Subthalamic Stimulation-Induced Dyskinesia in Patients With Isolated Dystonia. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2020 Jul; 7(5):548-551. Bledsoe IO, Dodenhoff KA, San Luciano M, Volz MM, Starr PA, Markun LC, Ostrem JL. PMID: 32626800; PMCID: PMC7328432.
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    17. Cerebellar Deep Brain Stimulation for Acquired Hemidystonia. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2020 Feb; 7(2):188-193. Brown EG, Bledsoe IO, Luthra NS, Miocinovic S, Starr PA, Ostrem JL. PMID: 32071938; PMCID: PMC7011833.
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    18. Kelch-like Protein 11 Antibodies in Seminoma-Associated Paraneoplastic Encephalitis. N Engl J Med. 2019 07 04; 381(1):47-54. Mandel-Brehm C, Dubey D, Kryzer TJ, O'Donovan BD, Tran B, Vazquez SE, Sample HA, Zorn KC, Khan LM, Bledsoe IO, McKeon A, Pleasure SJ, Lennon VA, DeRisi JL, Wilson MR, Pittock SJ. PMID: 31269365; PMCID: PMC6800027.
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    19. White matter abnormalities in the corpus callosum with cognitive impairment in Parkinson disease. Neurology. 2018 12 11; 91(24):e2244-e2255. Bledsoe IO, Stebbins GT, Merkitch D, Goldman JG. PMID: 30429273; PMCID: PMC6329325.
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    20. Validation of the MDS clinical diagnostic criteria for Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord. 2018 10; 33(10):1601-1608. Postuma RB, Poewe W, Litvan I, Lewis S, Lang AE, Halliday G, Goetz CG, Chan P, Slow E, Seppi K, Schaffer E, Rios-Romenets S, Mi T, Maetzler C, Li Y, Heim B, Bledsoe IO, Berg D. PMID: 30145797.
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    21. Movement disorder society criteria for clinically established early Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord. 2018 10; 33(10):1643-1646. Berg D, Adler CH, Bloem BR, Chan P, Gasser T, Goetz CG, Halliday G, Lang AE, Lewis S, Li Y, Liepelt-Scarfone I, Litvan I, Marek K, Maetzler C, Mi T, Obeso J, Oertel W, Olanow CW, Poewe W, Rios-Romenets S, Schäffer E, Seppi K, Heim B, Slow E, Stern M, Bledsoe IO, Deuschl G, Postuma RB. PMID: 30145841.
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    22. Corpus callosal atrophy and associations with cognitive impairment in Parkinson disease. Neurology. 2017 Mar 28; 88(13):1265-1272. Goldman JG, Bledsoe IO, Merkitch D, Dinh V, Bernard B, Stebbins GT. PMID: 28235816; PMCID: PMC5373777.
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    23. Botulinum Toxin Treatment of Cervical Dystonia. Semin Neurol. 2016 Feb; 36(1):47-53. Bledsoe IO, Comella CL. PMID: 26866496.
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    24. Oculomotor assessments of executive function in preterm children. J Pediatr. 2012 Sep; 161(3):427-433.e1. Loe IM, Luna B, Bledsoe IO, Yeom KW, Fritz BL, Feldman HM. PMID: 22480696; PMCID: PMC3638733.
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