Amy Viehoever, MD

Pediatric neurologist and movement disorders specialist

Dr. Amy Viehoever is an assistant professor of child neurology and surgical movement disorders at UCSF. She sees patients at the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center at Benioff Children's Hospital. She also sees pediatric referrals for deep brain stimulation as part of the surgical movement disorders program at the Mt. Zion campus and at Oakland Children's Hospital, as part of the Spasticity Clinic.

Viehoever completed her bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. She earned her PhD from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and her medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, both in Nashville, TN. She did her residency in pediatric neurology at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a fellowship in movement disorders at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. Viehoever's area of research focuses on developing new treatments and improving existing treatments for children with movement disorders. She is working to improve the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for pediatric primary and secondary dystonia, including cerebral palsy. She also uses advanced MRI and optical imaging to improve our understanding of how DBS improves brain function in both adult and pediatric patients. She also is a member of the Wolfram Study Group, a multidisciplinary collaboration to study the natural history of Wolfram Syndrome. She is an expert in optical imaging and using functional imaging to study neurologic disorders.


Child and Adolescent Neurology Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7596
Fax: (415) 353-2400

Surgical Movement Disorders Clinic
1635 Divisadero St., Suite 520
San Francisco, CA 94115
Neurology: (415) 353-2311
Neurosurgery: (415) 353-2071
Fax: (415) 353-9060

More about Amy Viehoever


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 2006


St. Louis Children's Hospital, 2011


Washington University School of Medicine, 2014

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ananth AL, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Kim YM, Hanson-Kahn A, Cox R, Enns GM, Strober J, Willing M, Schlaggar BL, Wu YW, Bernstein JA. Clinical Course of Six Children With GNAO1 Mutations Causing a Severe and Distinctive Movement Disorder. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Jun; 59:81-4.
  2. Greene DJ, Koller JM, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Bihun EC, Schlaggar BL, Black KJ. Reward enhances tic suppression in children within months of tic disorder onset. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2015 Feb; 11:65-74.
  3. Eggebrecht AT, Ferradal SL, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Hassanpour MS, Dehghani H, Snyder AZ, Hershey T, Culver JP. Mapping distributed brain function and networks with diffuse optical tomography. Nat Photonics. 2014 Jun; 8(6):448-454.
  4. Filges I, Sparagana S, Sargent M, Selby K, Schlade-Bartusiak K, Lueder GT, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Schlaggar BL, Shimony JS, Shinawi M. Brain MRI abnormalities and spectrum of neurological and clinical findings in three patients with proximal 16p11.2 microduplication. Am J Med Genet A. 2014 Aug; 164A(8):2003-12.
  5. Nguyen C, Foster ER, Paciorkowski AR, Viehoever A, Considine C, Bondurant A, Marshall BA, Hershey T. Reliability and validity of the Wolfram Unified Rating Scale (WURS). Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2012 Nov 14; 7:89.
  6. Kanter EM, Majumder S, Vargis E, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Kanter GJ, Shappell H, Jones HW, Mahadevan-Jansen A. Multiclass discrimination of cervical precancers using Raman spectroscopy. J Raman Spectrosc. 2009 Feb; 40(2):205-211.
  7. Robichaux-Viehoever A, Kanter E, Shappell H, Billheimer D, Jones H, Mahadevan-Jansen A. Characterization of Raman spectra measured in vivo for the detection of cervical dysplasia. Appl Spectrosc. 2007 Sep; 61(9):986-93.
  8. Viehoever AR, Anderson D, Jansen D, Mahadevan-Jansen A. Organotypic raft cultures as an effective in vitro tool for understanding Raman spectral analysis of tissue. Photochem Photobiol. 2003 Nov; 78(5):517-24.

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