Essential Tremor Education Center Alliance Profile:
Dr. Travis Tierney and Dr. Dan Sperling
Sperling Medical Group

Dr. Travis Tierney is the Director of Neurosurgery for Sperling Medical Group. He is the leading developer and pioneer in the use of MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) for the brain. Not only has Dr. Tierney been a Principal Investigator at the Harvard site of a multi-institution clinical trial of MRgFUS to treat Essential Tremor (ET) but he has also played a founding role in bringing this technology, called Neuravive, to a broader range of patients. For example, as Principal Investigator at another trial, Dr. Tierney and his team are now the first in the world to have applied Neuravive to treat epilepsy.

Dr. Tierney earned his MD from John Hopkins School of Medicine. He holds an MS in Neurobiology from Creighton University, and a D.Phil. in Physiology from Oxford University. His focused ultrasound application skills were advanced as Director of Functional Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dan Sperling, MD, DABR, is a globally recognized leader in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. As the Medical Director of the Sperling Medical Group, he has led the Group’s installation of innovative, high-technology focused ultrasound treatments inside the MRI.

Dr. Sperling is a radiologist certified by the American Board of Radiology, and licensed in New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Florida. Following his medical degree and internship, he completed fellowships at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the New York University Medical Center. Today, Dr. Sperling is the leading pioneer and developer of ablation techniques to treat prostate cancer. He is a published author on more than 25 peer-reviewed MRI studies.

Dr. Tierney and Dr. Sperling work together at the Sperling Medical Group to provide the highest clinical standards of compassionate care to all patients seekingessential tremor treatment.

Sperling Medical Group is a radiology-focused medical practice recognized as a national leader in using advanced MRI-guided technology. Under Dr. Sperling’s leadership, the Center applies real time, inside-the-MRI guidance to treat essential tremor patients using an FDA-approved procedure called Neuravive. Neuravive is performed inside the MRI, using focused ultrasound (sound waves). Neuravive treats patients with essential tremor who have not responded to medication, and it offers a high rate of durable success.
Sperling Medical Group conducts Neuravive procedures out of their sunny Delray Beach, Florida office. Many beach resorts and urban amenities of the greater Miami area make this center a popular choice for patients nationwide.