Alberto Espay, MD

Alberto Espay, MD, MSc

Neurology Cincinnati, OH

Associate Professor of Neurology

Office Address

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  • 222 Piedmont Ave
    Suite 3200
    Cincinnati, OH 45219
    Phone: (513) 475-8730
    Fax: (513) 475-8033


  • Dr. Espay 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 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has authored the books Concise Neurology and Practical Neurology Visual Review (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2011) with Dr. Jose Biller; and Common Movement Disorders Pitfalls (Cambridge University Press, 2012; “Highly Commended” BMA Medical Book Award, 2013) with Dr. Anthony Lang. 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 at 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 Associate Editor for Movement Disorders and Frontiers in Movement Disorders and in the Editorial Boards of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders and 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. He became Fellow of the AAN and ANA in 2013.

Dr. Espay's Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Neurology: Movement Disorder
  • Clinical Interests: Parkinson Disease; Dystonia; Tremor; Essential Tremor; Progressive Supranuclear Palsy; Myoclonus

Dr. Espay's Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Director of Clinical ResearchUniversity of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
    Cincinnati, OH
    Assistant Professor of Neurology (2005-2011); Associate Professor of Neurology (2011-present)
  • Associate ProfessorUniversity of Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Espay's Education & Medical Training

  • University of TorontoUniversity of TorontoOther Training, M.Sc., Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
  • Indiana University School of MedicineIndiana University School of MedicineResidency, Neurology
  • St Vincent Hospital and Health Care CenterSt Vincent Hospital and Health Care CenterInternship, Transitional Year
  • Central University of VenezuelaCentral University of VenezuelaMedical School
  • Liceo de AplicacionLiceo de AplicacionOther Training, B.S.

Dr. Espay's Certifications & Licensure

  • OH State Medical LicenseOH State Medical License2005 - 2015

    Dr. Espay's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • Cincinnati MagazineTop DoctorCincinnati Magazine, 2014
    • American Academy of Neurology (FAAN)FellowAmerican Academy of Neurology (FAAN), 2013
    • American Neurological Association (FANA)FellowAmerican Neurological Association (FANA), 2013
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    Dr. Espay's Publications & Presentations

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    Journal Articles

    • Double-Blind, Double-Dummy, Study of Continuous Intrajejunal Infusion of Levodopa-Carbidopa Intestinal Gel in Advanced Parkinson’s DiseaseOlanow CW, Kieburtz K, Odin P, Espay AJ, Standaert DG, Fernandez HH, Vanagunas A, Ohtman AA, Widnell KL, Robieson WZ, Pritchett Y, Chatamra K, Benesh J, Lenz RA, Anton..., Lancet Neurol, 12/19/2013
    • Myoclonus Continuum (Minneap Minn)Espay AJ, Chen R, Movement Disorders, 10/1/2013
    • Psychogenic Movement Disorders Continuum (Minneap Minn)Morgante F, Edwards MJ, Espay AJ, Movement Disorders, 10/1/2013
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    Dr. Espay's Professional Memberships

    Other Languages

    • Spanish, Italian

    Hospital Affiliations

    Insurance Accepted

    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Anthem Blue Access PPO
    • Anthem Blue Preferred HMO
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
    • BCBS Illinois PPO
    • CIGNA Open Access
    • Empire BCBS HMO
    • Empire BCBS PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • GHI PPO
    • Great West PPO
    • HealthAmerica HealthAssurance PPO
    • Healthfirst New York
    • HIP of New York - Select PPO
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    • MagnaCare PPO
    • Medical Mutual of Ohio SuperMed Plus
    • Medical Mutual of Ohio SuperMed POS
    • Multiplan PHCS PPO
    • Multiplan PPO
    • MVP Healthcare PPO
    • Oxford Health Freedom
    • Sagamore Health Plus
    • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO

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