Samuel Ellias, MD, PhD

Samuel Ellias, MD, PhDPhone: 617.638.8456
Fax: 617.638.5354
Location: Department of Neurology, BUMC




  • Associate Professor of Neurology, BUMC
  • Movement Disorder Specialist Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Program, Boston University Medical Campus

Educational Background

Dr. Ellias obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of California at Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974.  He received an M.D. at University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in 1980 and completed neurological residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1984.  He was a Neurological consultant at McLean Hospital. Subsequently, he was a Clinical Assistant in the Neurology Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School until 1990. He then served as an Assistant Professor Clinical Neurosciences, Brown University until 1993 when he joined the medical staff at Boston University and Boston University Medical Center.

He was a Kaplun Fellow of Applied Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology until 1976. He did research on the control of human movement from 1984 to 1990 as a Visiting Scientist in Brain & Cognitive Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Clinical Care

Dr Ellias provides comprehensive care to patients with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders. As a movement disorder specialist for the Deep Brain Stimulation Program he is actively involved in patient selection, evaluation, and care of individuals referred for Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.


He has conducted Parkinson’s disease research studying clinical outcomes and the neurophysiology of Deep Brain Stimulation, Pig Cell Xenotransplantation, and Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cell Transplantation. He has conducted Phase II and Phase III clinical trials for the medical treatment of Parkinson’s disease. He has done primary research on Essential tremor and tremors secondary to toxic exposure.


Dr. Ellias is Involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, and the movement disorder fellow in the Department of Neurology.

Professional Affiliations

He is a member of the Movement Disorders Society, American Academy of Neurology,  Society for Neuroscience,  Massachusetts Neurological Association, and the International Tremor Foundation. He is a researcher and clinical investigator in the Parkinson’s Study Group.  Dr. Ellias has served on the New England/Neurosurgery Advisory Work Group on Deep Brain Stimulation for the Carrier Advisory Committee.


National Institute of Health Teacher-Investigator Development Award in Movement Disorders and Motor Control at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (1984-1989)

March 28, 2019
Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine