Deep Brain Stimulation Program

What is Deep Brain Stimulation?

DBS is like a pacemaker for the brain. It is a surgical therapy that involves implanting thin stimulation electrodes (wires) into the brain. The wires target areas of the brain that control motor function. An adjustable pulse generator in the chest sends pulses through the electrodes. These electrodes normalize brain activity and improve motor symptoms.

Deep brain simulation involves several appointments and evaluations. To learn more about deep brain stimulation, visit our treatments and services page.  

About Us

The DBS Program was established in the early 1990s by Dr. Mahlon DeLong. Dr. DeLong, neurologist Dr. Jerry Vitek and neurosurgeon Dr. Roy Bakay made groundbreaking discoveries. Their work contributed to new approaches to treating movement disorders. It also identified a novel target for treating Parkinson's disease.

The DBS Program is associated with the Movement Disorders Program. Both programs are part of the larger Emory Brain Health Center. Use the links below to learn more. 

Make an Appointment with Emory Deep Brain Stimulation Program

To make an appointment, please call 404-778-7777.

Make an Appointment
To make an appointment, please call 404-778-7777.  

Emory Healthcare has one of the oldest and largest brain centers in the U.S. We provide deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to treat movement disorders like Parkinson's disease, tremors and dystonia. More than 1,000 patients have been implanted with DBS at Emory Healthcare.