Amy Viehoever
Assistant Professor


Dr. Viehoever is an Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Child Neurology and Surgical Movement Disorders at UCSF. She sees patients at the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center at Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco and Oakland. She also sees pediatric referrals for Deep Brain Stimulation as part of the Surgical Movement Disorders Program at the Mt. Zion Campus.

Dr. Viehoever's research focuses on improving the understanding and treatment of pediatric movement disorders with a special focus on improving the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for pediatric primary and secondary dystonia, including Cerebral Palsy. She uses advanced MRI and optical imaging to improve our understanding of how DBS improves brain function in both adult and pediatric patients. She is also an expert in rare disease research and collaborates on several natural history studies and clinical trials for rare diseases including AADC deficiency, GNAO1 associated movement disorders, Panthothene Kinase Associated Neurodegeneration (a form of Neuronal Degeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation), Niemann Pick C, and Wolfram Syndrome.

Education and Training

Fellowship in Tourette's Syndrome, 2014 Movement Disorders, Washington University in St. Louis
Fellowship, 2013 Movement Disorders, Washington University in St. Louis
Residency, 2011 Child Neurology, St. Louis Children's Hospital
M.D., 2006 School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., 2004 School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University


Ananth AL, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Kim YM, Hanson-Kahn A, Cox R, Enns GM, Strober J, Willing M, Schlaggar BL, Wu YW, Bernstein JA. Clinical Course of Six Children With GNAO1 Mutations Causing a Severe and Distinctive Movement Disorder. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 06; 59:81-4.
Greene DJ, Koller JM, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Bihun EC, Schlaggar BL, Black KJ. Reward enhances tic suppression in children within months of tic disorder onset. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2015 Feb; 11:65-74.
Eggebrecht AT, Ferradal SL, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Hassanpour MS, Dehghani H, Snyder AZ, Hershey T, Culver JP. Mapping distributed brain function and networks with diffuse optical tomography. Nat Photonics. 2014 Jun; 8(6):448-454.
Filges I, Sparagana S, Sargent M, Selby K, Schlade-Bartusiak K, Lueder GT, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Schlaggar BL, Shimony JS, Shinawi M. Brain MRI abnormalities and spectrum of neurological and clinical findings in three patients with proximal 16p11.2 microduplication. Am J Med Genet A. 2014 Aug; 164A(8):2003-12.
Nguyen C, Foster ER, Paciorkowski AR, Viehoever A, Considine C, Bondurant A, Marshall BA, Hershey T. Reliability and validity of the Wolfram Unified Rating Scale (WURS). Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2012 Nov 14; 7:89.
Kanter EM, Majumder S, Vargis E, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Kanter GJ, Shappell H, Jones HW, Mahadevan-Jansen A. Multiclass discrimination of cervical precancers using Raman spectroscopy. J Raman Spectrosc. 2009 Feb; 40(2):205-211.
Robichaux-Viehoever A, Kanter E, Shappell H, Billheimer D, Jones H, Mahadevan-Jansen A. Characterization of Raman spectra measured in vivo for the detection of cervical dysplasia. Appl Spectrosc. 2007 Sep; 61(9):986-93.
Viehoever AR, Anderson D, Jansen D, Mahadevan-Jansen A. Organotypic raft cultures as an effective in vitro tool for understanding Raman spectral analysis of tissue. Photochem Photobiol. 2003 Nov; 78(5):517-24.