Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, MS

Movement disorders specialist, Deep brain stimulation specialist

John E. Cahill Family Professor, Professor of Neurology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery

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Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart is the John E Cahill Family Professor in the department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences. She is a neurologist, neurophysiologist and movement disorders specialist, who has used her training in mathematics and physics, bioengineering, neurology, movement disorders, and single unit electrophysiology in primates to develop a rigorous translational program in motor control research in human subjects with movement disorders. Dr. Bronte-Stewart is the Director of the Human Motor Control and Neuromodulation Laboratory, where she has developed computerized, quantitative measurements of motor behavior, which are being implemented in a wide range of Movement Disorders. She is also the Co-Director of the Stanford Balance Center, Her research investigates the brain’s contribution to abnormal movement in human subjects, using synchronous brain recordings and quantitative kinematics, and how these are modulated with different frequencies and patterns of neurostimulation. Dr. Bronte-Stewart’s team was the first in the United States to implant a sensing neurostimulator, from which they can record brain signals directly, and use the patient’s own neural activity to drive the first closed loop neurostimulation studies in Parkinson’s disease. This work has led to her team receiving a BRAIN Initiative grant to perform the first closed loop deep brain stimulation studies for gait impairment and freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease. She is the Global Lead Investigator for the first pivotal international multicenter trial of adaptive DBS in Parkinson’s disease – the ADAPT-PD trial.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Fellowship: UCSF Medical Center (1992) CA
  • Medical Education: Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania (1984) PA
  • Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1988) PA
  • Internship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1985) PA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology (1991)
  • BA, University of York, England, Mathematics and physics
  • MSE, University of Pennsylvania, Bioengineering
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, Medicine

Administrative Appointments
  • Co-director, Stanford Balance Center (2010 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford Movement Disorders Center (1999 - Present)
  • Division Chief, Movement Disorders division, Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences (1999 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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Deep Brain Stimulation Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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Movement Disorders Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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I'm happy working with Dr Bronte-Stewart, look forward to a continuing relationship.
Dr Brontë-Stewart is a blessing to anyone who is lucky enough to be her patient.
She has tremendous care for her patients as well as experience and knowledge.
Everything from check in to my visit with the amazing Dr Helen Bronte-Stewart was outstanding!
DR bronte Steward and her team are the BEST
The best!
Dr. Bronte-Stewart was exceptional in helping me understand my disease.
She is an excellent doctor, patient, caring, and thorough
Dr. Helen Bronte Stewart is an exceptional physician.
I recommend Dr. Bronte-Stewart unreservedly. Her comprehensive care has invariably been for the person, as well as the disease.
Dr. Helen Bronte Stewart is an exception doctor. I am grateful she is my doc.
Never felt rushed.
This care provider is outstanding.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is truly wonderful in every way.
It is always a pleasure to see Dr. Bronte-Stewart @ clinic. She is very warm & engaging, professional, knowledgeable, helpful & supportive.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart always takes the time to thoroughly go over my case and changes/updates on my care.
Dr. was very patient in spite of time crunch.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is the most engaged, attentive physician I have ever had. I feel lucky to be her patient.
My problems has not resolve.
Extraordinary doctor!
She is always excellent.
Dr. B-S is awesome - she and I go way back.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is an extraordinary doctor. Brilliant, knowledgeable, attentive, compassionate. We have been working with her for over 16 yrs.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is an exceptional physician!
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is an excellent clinician - I recommend her to all my fellow PD patients.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart was wonderful - Very efficient and informative.
Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart is my doctor for Parkinson's & she is excellent.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is an excellent doctor.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is the best! Dr. Haul was very good - excellent.
We love Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart! She has been our dr. since 2006. We always recommend Stanford & even when not related to DBS reassure friends that Stanford is the best place to be!
This doctor is truly EXCEPTIONAL.
Always pleasant & helpful.
Helen Bronte-Stewart provides unimaginably good service, explanation, and care.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is simply the finest physician I have known.
Always a good experience.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is a treasure. Hold on to her.
Great pleasure to work with both Dr. Bronte-Stewart and the first doctor that spent a long time with me and was very thorough.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is the best.
Very caring individual recommended a friend to this doctor.
I have Parkinsons. I've been seeing Dr.Bronte-Stewart twice a year for 15 years. I couldn't be more grateful for her care.
The care providers were BETTER than very good - truly exceptional.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart and her NP, Lauren, were terrific! Patient, focused, caring, did not rush & extremely thorough.
Staff always courteous & professional.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is excellent! She gives good explanations and has taken time to get to know me well.
Dr. Poston & Carlos Rodriguez were attempting to me - the very best!
I cannot say enough positive things about both the fellow & Dr Bronte-Stewart...
Very good.
Never felt rushed - she was very thorough.
Absolutely the perfect physician.
Good experience - Dr. Bronte-Stewart staff are current on my symptoms and medications.
No problem.

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