Dr. Irene Litvan, MD

Dr. Irene Litvan, MD

Neurology  |  
Female  |  
Age 66
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Dr. Irene Litvan, MD is a neurology doctor who practices in San Diego, CA. She is 66 years old and has been practicing for 39 years. Read her story

4510 Executive Dr

San Diego, CA 92121

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Careplus
  • CeltiCare Health
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • HAP Insurance
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Gait Abnormality
very high
more than 97% of peers
Brain Disorders
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Dr. Litvan's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Litvan "Irene Litvan, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and director of the Movement Disorder Center at UC San Diego Health System. This center is a National Parkinson Foundation (NPF)-designated Center of Excellence. Dr. Litvan treats and diagnoses individuals with Parkinson’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, dementia with Lewy bodies, corticobasal degeneration, multiple system atrophy, Huntington’s disease, essential tremor, and frontotemporal dementias. She brings to the program over 30 years of experience in adult neurology, movement disorders and psychiatry. Throughout her career, she has played a pivotal role in improving the management of Parkinsonian and dementia disorders. Dr. Litvan's research focuses on a better understanding of Parkinsonian and dementia disorders and on the search for novel therapeutic approaches including symptomatic and disease modifying therapies, as well as novel technology for better management of these diseases. Dr. Litvan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, Fellow of the American Neurological Association and is an internationally recognized expert in movement disorders and dementia. She earned her medical degree from the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. She completed two residency programs in neurology, first at the Hospital de la Sta Creu i St Pau in Barcelona, Spain, and afterwards at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, where she was also a chief resident. Dr. Litvan completed a clinical fellowship in neuropsychology, and a research fellowship in dementia at the Hospital de la Sta Creu i St Pau, Barcelona, Spain. She competed a dementia and movement disorders research fellowship at the Experimental Therapeutics Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in Bethesda, MD, as well as one year of psychiatry at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, DC. She was a senior staff fellow in neuroepidemiology, at the NINDS, NIH. Dr. Litvan was director of the Division of Movement Disorders at the University of Louisville, KY, and Lebby Endowed Professor in Parkinson Disease and Research. There she developed the only NPF Center of Excellence in Kentucky. In 2011, she joined the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego to develop and direct the Movement Disorders Center and at that time became the Tasch Endowed Professor in Parkinson Disease Research. Under her direction, the Center has become a NPF Center of Excellence. This competitive designation is the highest recognition offered by NPF to a Parkinson’s specialty clinic and represents the consensus of leaders in the field that it is among the world’s leading centers for Parkinson’s research, outreach and care."


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  • Neurology
  • Adolescent Neurology
  • Adult Neurology
  • Behavioral Neurology
  • Neurological Movement Disorders
  • Neuropsychiatry (Psychiatry)

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chorea (Excluding Huntington's Chorea)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Confusion
  • Corticobasal Degeneration
  • Dementia
  • Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Myoclonus
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Parkinson Disease 2, Autosomal Recessive Juvenile (PARK2)
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Speech, Language and Learning Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Torticollis
  • Visual Field Defects


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  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Instituto Vazquez Acevedo
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1969
  • Universidad De La Republica, Facultad De Medicina
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • St Elizabeth Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Georgetown University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • National Institutes Of Health
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Litvan has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Litvan's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Litvan to family and friends
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Likelihood to Recommend (2)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Litvan's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
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Office environment
Average wait time
Under 10 minutes
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Dr. Litvan accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Careplus
  • CeltiCare Health
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • HAP Insurance
    Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Medicaid
    Medicaid Assignment
    Medicaid HMO
  • Medicare
    Medicare of California PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    AARP Medicare Complete Essential HMO
    AARP Medicare Complete Premier HMO
    AARP Medicare Complete Value HMO
    Basic PPO
    Bronze Copay Select
    Bronze HSA 100

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Hospitals where Dr. Litvan has admitting privileges

UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest
200 W Arbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
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