Board Certification

  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Tremors
  • Dystonia
  • Ataxias
  • Other Movement Disorders



National Institutes of Health
Movement Disorder
Bethesda, MD


Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA|


Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Medical School

Boston University School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine, combined MD-PhD in Neuroscience and Biochemistry
Boston, MA

Undergraduate School

Bryn Mawr College
Chemistry and Religion
Bryn Mawr, PA



Aviva Ellenstein, M.D. Ph.D. is a board-certified neurologist and a neuroscientist with advanced training in movement disorders and Parkinson’s disease.  She is an award-winning doctor with expertise diagnosing, treating, and improving the lives of her patients. A Washingtonian magazine Top Doctor, she is recognized regionally for her excellent care of people living with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, essential and other tremors, blepharospasm and other dystonias, ataxias, functional movement disorders, restless leg syndrome, tic disorders, hemifacial spasm, and other abnormal movement conditions.  She has provided Botulinum toxin chemodenervation therapy for over a decade. In support of patient health and wellbeing, she offers care both in person and through telemedicine.

Dr. Ellenstein is an award-winning medical educator who brings her passion for teaching to her clinic and community.  She not only works with her patients to ensure they understand the reasoning behind and expectations for their specific treatment plans, but she also collaborates with a multi-disciplinary group of physicians who serve on the Medical Advisory Board of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, an organization dedicated to enhancing knowledge, health, and wellbeing of those living with Parkinson’s disease. In support of future colleagues and practicing physicians, she has spearheaded several initiatives and contributed to programs that promote mentoring and career development, including the Student Interest Groups in Neurology at Boston University and George Washington University, the Mentoring for Mom and Dad Clinicians and Scientists program National Institutes of Health, the American Neurological Association e-Mentoring Task Force, and the American Academy of Neurology Burnout Task Force.