Diego Torres-Russotto, MD, FAAN

Diego Torres-Russotto

Professor - Neurological Sciences at UNMC
Vice Chair for Education - Neurological Sciences at UNMC
Adjunct Associate Professor of Kinematics at UNO
Chief Movement Disorders Division
Program Director Movement Disorders Fellowship
Director Students Clinical Neurology Education
and Co-Director Phase I Neuroscience Block - COM

Clinical Practice:
Academic Office:
4242 Farnam Street, Suite 650
North Doctor's Tower
Omaha, NE 68131
Phone: 402-559-8600
Fax: 402-559-9510

988435 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-8435
Fax: 402-559-9355


Hospital Appointments:
University of Nebraska Medical Center
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

Movement Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Deep Brain Stimulation, Dystonia


Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Torres is the Chief of the Movement Disorders Division,  Professor and Vice Chair in Education in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He is also an adjunct Professor of Biomechanics at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) College of Education. He is the Program director for the Movement Disorders Fellowship, and Director for Clinical Neurology Student Education. Dr. Torres received his MD from the “Luis Razetti” School of Medicine, Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela in 1999, with eleven Honor Diplomas. He completed a preliminary Neurosurgery Internship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. He also attended Washington University in St. Louis where he completed his Internship in Internal Medicine, Residency in Neurology and a Fellowship in Movement Disorders. He was also elected as the Neurology Chief Resident from 2006-2007 and was a founding member of the Wash-U Medical Minority Association.

More recently, he completed a one-year program in Transformational Leadership at the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Torres joined the UNMC faculty in January 2009. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Student Senate Mentor of the Year, the campus-wide Outstanding Teacher Award, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, and the Best Resident Advocate Award given by the UNMC neurology residency program. He is an inaugural member of the UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators.

Dr. Torres is a board-certified Neurologist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the Movement Disorder Society, and the Mayo Alumni Association. He is a member of the Huntington Study Group, The Parkinson Study Group, the Tremor Research Group and the Tremor Study Group. Dr. Torres evaluates patients with movement disorders including Parkinson Disease, Tremor, Chorea, Dystonia, Spasticity, Gait Abnormalities, and Ataxia. He also performs Botulinum Toxin injections, Deep Brain Stimulation and DUOPA pump administration. He gives more than 100 hours of didactics every year. He has published more than 40 papers in scientific journal. His research interests include Tremor, Orthostatic Tremor, evidence-based physical examination, chemodenervation, Parkinson Disease, Dystonia, and provider burnout, wellness and resilience. 

Mozes G, Sullivan TM, Torres-Russotto DR, Bower TC, Hoskin TL, Sampaio SM, Gloviczki P, Panneton JM, Noel AA, Cherry Jr KJ. Carotid endarterectomy in SAPPHIRE-eligible high-risk patients: implications for selecting patients for carotid angioplasty and stenting. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 2004 May 1;39(5):958-65.

Torres-Russotto D, Perlmutter JS. Task-specific dystonias: a review. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2008 Oct;1142:179-99.

Torres-Russotto D, Landau WM, Harding GW, Bohne BA, Sun K, Sinatra PM. Calibrated finger rub auditory screening test (CALFRAST). Neurology. 2009 May 5;72(18):1595-600.

Follett KA, Torres-Russotto D. Deep brain stimulation of globus pallidus interna, subthalamic nucleus, and pedunculopontine nucleus for Parkinson's disease: which target? Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 2012 Jan 1;18:S165-7.

Bhatti D, Thompson R, Hellman A, Penke C, Bertoni JM, Torres‐Russotto D. Smartphone apps provide a simple, accurate bedside screening tool for orthostatic tremor. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice. 2017 Nov;4(6):852-7.

Bhatti D, Thompson R, Xia Y, Hellman A, Schmaderer L, Suing K, McKune J, Penke C, Iske R, Roeder BJ, Siu KC, Bertoni JM, Torres-Russotto R. Comprehensive, blinded assessment of balance in orthostatic tremor. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 2018 Feb 1;47:22-5.

Pahwa R, Isaacson SH, Torres-Russotto D, Nahab FB, Lynch PM, Kotschet KE. Role of the Personal KinetiGraph in the routine clinical assessment of Parkinson’s disease: recommendations from an expert panel. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics. 2018 Aug 3;18(8):669-80.

Safdieh JE, Quick AD, Korb PJ, Torres-Russotto D, Gable KL, Rock M, Cahill C, Soni M. A dozen years of evolution of neurology clerkships in the United States: looking up. Neurology. 2018 Oct 9;91(15):e1440- 7.

Chien JH, Torres-Russotto D, Wang Z, Gui C, Whitney D, Siu KC. The use of smartphone in measuring stance and gait patterns in patients with orthostatic tremor. PloS One. 2019 Jul 18;14(7):e0220012.

Merola, A., Torres‐Russotto, D.R., Stebbins, G.T., Vizcarra, J.A., Shukla, A.W., Hassan, A., Marsili, L., Krauss, J.K., Elble, R.J., Deuschl, G. and Espay, A.J., Development and Validation of the Orthostatic Tremor Severity and Disability Scale (OT ‐10). Mov Disord. 2020 Oct;35(10):1796-1801.

Publications by Dr. Torres in Pubmed

Meet Dr. Diego Torres-Russotto