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Tao Xie, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Tao Xie, MD, PhD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA), cortical basal ganglionic degeneration (CBGD), Huntington's disease (HD) and chorea, tremor, dystonia, hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, tics, and Tourette syndrome. He uses medications, botulinum toxin injection and deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery for treatment of these neurological conditions.

In his clinical research, Dr. Xie studies the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of PD, tremor, and dystonia, and the use of DaTscan in the differential diagnosis of Parkinsonian syndrome. He is also actively involved in clinical trials for PD, PSP, dystonia, SCA6 and HD.

Dr. Xie is a physician in the University of Chicago Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. Dedicated as a Center for Advanced Research by the American Parkinson Disease Association, this multidisciplinary center combines clinical expertise with state-of-the-art therapies and groundbreaking research.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification


Medical School

Zhejiang University

Internship and Residency

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta


Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, New York
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Additional Graduate Degree

PhD, The University of Hong Kong


American Academy of Neurology
Huntington's Disease Study Group
Movement Disorder Society
Parkinson's Disease Study Group

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-3038

Office Fax

(773) 702-9060

Office Postal Address

Tao Xie, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2030
Chicago, IL 60637

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Patient Stories

Jean Martinez's tremor started small, but gradually worsened and spread, accompanied by other debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Dr. Xie prescribed a drug regimen that helped Martinez return to her active lifestyle, including playing guitar with her husband. Read her story.

At age 70, Cheng Xiu Xu's Parkinson's disease symptoms and medication side effects left her unable to perform familiar activities, including playing her favorite sport: ping-pong. Xu's neurologist sent her to Dr. Xie, and just two days after DBS surgery she was playing ping-pong again. Read her story.

Patrick has essential tremor. After hearing Dr. Xie speak at an event, he came the University of Chicago Medicine for DBS. Now he's living without tremors. Read his story.

Dr. Xie precisely targeted a quiet grouping of neurons and implanted an electrode in Betty Bertram's brain to control the essential tremor afflicting the left side of her body. Read her story.

Learn More About Dr. Xie

Dr. Xie lead a study that identified low-frequency DBS as an effective treatment approach for swallowing dysfunction and freezing of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Xie's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.