Shilpa Chitnis

Shilpa Chitnis

Shilpa Chitnis

Professor, Neurology & Neurotherapeutics

Shilpa Chitnis is Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  She has been involved in the care of patients with movement disorders and education in the field for the past 17 years.

Dr. Chitnis received her medical degree from Grant Medical College in Bombay, India.  She completed her PhD in Pharmacology and Residency in Neurology from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed a Fellowship in movement disorders from Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical Center in New Orleans, LA.

She serves as Fellowship director for the Movement Disorders program and was Associate Program Director for the Neurology residency program at UT Southwestern from 2007-2017. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN) and American Neurological Association (FANA) and member of the International Parkinson disease and Movement Disorders Society. She is the medical director of the deep brain stimulation program for movement disorders at UT Southwestern. She has authored and co-edited a handbook of movement disorders published by the Oxford American Neurological Library in 2011. She is an author of multiple peer reviewed journal publications and adhoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals including Movement Disorders journal, JAMA Neurology. She is one of the 4 lead facilitators for the newly formed MDS-LEAP program, a leadership program for young neurologists to take on leadership roles within MDS and the field of Neurology.

Dr. Chitnis is intricately involved in medical student, resident and fellow education in Neurology and movement disorders.  She has lead the effort to organize Grand Rounds in the department for 8 years.  Her philosophy towards patient care entails a comprehensive approach including family members and all ancillary personnel involved in the care of patients including physical and speech therapists, primary care doctors and other specialists. She believes that your health is your responsibility and believes in making patients accountable for their health and care.  She focuses on comprehensive counseling to help patients understanding their disease profile, medications and specific things they need to do to manage their disease optimally.

Dr. Chitnis has been married for 20 years and has a 15-year-old daughter who is the apple of her eye. She enjoys reading, music, movies, traveling and creative cooking.