Aviva Ellenstein, MD, PhD is board-certified in Neurology. She is an assistant professor and Co-Director of the Movement Disorders Program at The George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and both her MD and PhD from the Boston University School of Medicine. Upon completion of her residency in neurology at the Boston Medical Center, she was honored with the Boston University and Boston Veterans Affairs Hospital medical student teaching award. Dr. Ellenstein completed her fellowship in movement disorders and human motor control at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she was principal investigator on several studies.. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the American Neurological Association (ANA), and the Movement Disorders Society (MDS).
Dr. Ellenstein is a published clinician, scientist, and educator with a longstanding interest in neurology and neuroscience. Her clinical interests include Parkinson’s disease, tremors, dystonia, functional movement disorders, and unusual movement disorders. She is skilled in the use of Botulinum toxin for treating various types of dystonia, including writer's cramp, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, and task-specific dystonias. Dedicated to her patients and the Parkinson's disease community, she is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area. She has worked on behalf of the AAN to lobby Congress to improve care for patients with neurologic disorders.
Dr. Ellenstein applies her lifelong love of learning and teaching to her patients and students alike. She is the GWU Neurology director for preclinical education as well as an instructor in the medical student course Clinical Skills and Reasoning. Passionate about mentoring and career development, she is the GWU Neurology faculty director for the Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN), co-chair of the ANA e-Advising subcommittee of the Professional Development committee, and member of the AAN Burnout Task Force. She was the founder of the Mentoring for Mom and Dad Clinicians and Scientists (MOMDADOCS) program at NIH and co-founder of the SIGN chapter at the Boston University School of Medicine.