Alberto J. Espay, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine
Neurology, Movement Disorders,
.Alberto J. Espay, MD photo

Practice Locations

  • Clifton

    • UC Health Physicians Office (Clifton)

      222 Piedmont Avenue
      Suite 3200
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

      Phone: (513) 475-8730
      Fax: (513) 475-8033
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Alberto J. Espay, MD, trained in clinical and electrophysiology of Movement Disorders at the Toronto Western Hospital, completing an MSc program in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research and a Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship (University of Toronto, 2001-2005). He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has authored the books Concise Neurology (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins/Wolters Kluwer Health, 2011), with Dr. Jose Biller; Common Movement Disorders Pitfalls (Cambridge University Press, 2012), with Dr. Anthony Lang; and Practical Neurology Visual Review (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins/Wolters Kluwer Health, 2013 [in press]), with Dr. Jose Biller. 

Dr. Espay received the Dean’s Scholar in Clinical Research Award by the University of Cincinnati for three consecutive years (2006-09), the NIH-funded KL2 Research Scholars Mentored Award (2010-12), and the NIH-funded K23 Career Development Award (2011-16). He is Associate Professor and Clinical Research Director of the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Cincinnati, and has served as the neuroscience representative to the Institutional Review Board and the Advisory Board of UC Physicians Clinical Trials Organization. He serves as Assistant Editor of Movement Disorders, the official journal of the Movement Disorder Society, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Movement Disorders, and on the Editorial Board of The European Neurological Journal, as well as ad hoc reviewer for over 20 other neurological and medical journals. He has served as faculty for a variety of annual educational courses at the American Academy of Neurology and Movement Disorders Congresses since 2007. He became honorary member of the Mexican Academy of Neurology in 2008, joined the Best Doctors in America list in 2009, received the Business Courier’s 'Forty Under 40' award in 2010, and the Patients' Choice and Compassionate Doctor awards in 2011.


Medical School
Central University of Venezuela - Caracas, Venezuela
Indiana University - Indianapolis, IN
University of Toronto - Toronto, Ontario
University of Toronto - Toronto, Ontario

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
American Academy of Neurology 
Indiana Neurological Society 
Movement Disorders Society 
Canadian Neurological Society 
Parkinson Study Group
Huntington Study Group 
Central Society for Neurological Research
Toronto Western Extended Research Network
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