Vikram Shakkottai, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology
Director, Ataxia
Associate Chair, Research


Vikram Shakkottai, MBBS, PhD is an Associate Professor of Neurology. Dr. Shakkottai received his medical degree from the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India and a PhD in biological sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He received residency training in neurology at Washington University in Saint Louis and fellowship subspecialty training in movement disorders at the University of Michigan. Dr. Shakkottai cares for patients with all forms of movement disorders, but his clinical and research interests are focused on the cerebellar ataxias; he is Clinical Director of the Ataxia Program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Shakkottai’s research focuses on understanding the physiologic changes in the cerebellum that accompany cerebellar ataxia. He was awarded the the Leonard Berg award for research done as a neurology resident at Washington University.

Areas of Interest

My research interests include investigating changes in cerebellar physiology in ataxic disorders. I am also interested in determining whether ion channel modulators have a role in the treatment of movement disorders.

Clinical Interests

Cerebellar ataxia, Dystonia, Parkinson's disease, other movement disorders.


Medical School or Training

  • Christian Medical College Hospital, 2000


  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Neurology, MO, 2008

Board Certification

  • Neurology

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