Shilpa Chitnis is Professor of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Chitnis graduated from medical school from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India. She then completed a Ph.D., graduate school program in Pharmacology from Tulane University medical center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed a residency program in Neurology also at Tulane University and finally completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. She has been a practicing movement disorders neurologist for the past 20 years taking care of patients with various movement. She is an expert in the clinical care of patients with Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) devices and has a recent interest in functional movement disorders. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).
Dr. Chitnis served as associate residency program director for the Neurology residency program for 10 years. She serves as fellowship director for movement disorders. She is the medical director of the deep brain stimulation program for movement disorders. She is intricately involved in resident and fellow education and mentorship. She is the director of the faculty mentoring program for the department of Neurology.
Dr. Chitnis is a co-editor of two handbooks in the movement disorders field. She has authored many publications in the field of movement disorders and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous Neurology journals. She serves on the editorial board of Clinical Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (CPRD) and is the associate editor for neuromodulation for the TOHM journal.
Dr. Chitnis is one of the lead faculty and current chair of the MDS-LEAP program, an international program developed by the movement disorders society (MDS) to engage young neurologists to train and take on leadership roles within MDS. She is a current member of the leadership steering committee for the MDS-LEAP program. She was recently the Chair of the membership and public relations committee (2017-2019). She is the Co-Chair of the San Francisco Match Committee for Movement Disorders (2018-2023). She serves on both the education committee and CME committee for the international MDS (2021-2023).
Dr. Chitnis is a member and fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). She was vice-chair of the AAN movement disorders section (2015-2017) and is an active member of the AAN graduate education subcommittee (GES) and the AAN sections and subspecialties committee. She lives in Plano, Texas with her husband, teenage daughter, doggie, Cookie and cat, Lulu.