Essential Tremor Education Center Alliance Profile: Dr. Jeffrey Elias and the University of Virginia Medical Center

The Essential Tremor Education Center is excited to be working alongside Dr. Jeffrey Elias, from the University of Virginia Medical Center, to share knowledge about essential tremor. The University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA has remained a respected source of medical care and research. The teaching hospital, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is home to several departments that are ranked among the top 50 nationally by the U.S. News & World Report. The University of Virginia Medical Center has been especially recognized for their achievements in neurology and neurosurgery; they were most recently awarded high performing status by U.S. News & World Report, making them a trusted source of knowledge for subjects like tremor treatment. The medical center provides primary, specialty, and emergency care in Central Virginia, and patients receive treatments from physicians who also serve as faculty for the center.

Dr. Jeffrey Elias attended the University of Virginia for medical school after obtaining his Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry at Wake Forest University. He spent time furthering his studies in Plymouth, England and the Oregon Health Sciences University before returning to the University of Virginia in 2002. He quickly became a highly-respected member of the team, receiving the Excellence in Clinical Medicine Award in 2006 and then going on to hold the honor of tenure at the university. Dr. Elias currently serves as the director of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, as well as on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery. He is also part of the medical advisory board of the International Essential Tremor Foundation.

Dr. Elias’ clinical practice focuses on the surgical treatment of movement disorders such as essential tremor, as well as epilepsy, chronic pain disorders, and peripheral nerve injuries. His specialization in movement disorders has led Dr. Elias to be deeply intertwined with tremor treatment. His research addresses the use of MR-guided focused ultrasound for treatment of movement disorders and the ways that focused ultrasound can map out areas of the brain for treatment. Dr. Elias has been a pioneer for the approach at the University of Virginia, leading an international clinical trial of 76 patients to show the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. We are excited to work with Dr. Elias to help educate others about essential tremor.