Bhooma Aravamuthan, MD, DPhil
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine
Bhooma Aravamuthan, MD, DPhil, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology, pediatric movement disorders specialist, and neuroscientist studying dystonia in cerebral palsy (CP). She obtained her MD at Washington University School of Medicine through the Medical Scientist Training Program and her DPhil in neuroscience through the University of Oxford in the UK and the National Institutes of Health as a George C. Marshall Scholar and an NIH Graduate Partnerships Program Scholar.
Following pediatrics residency training at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, she completed a residency in pediatric neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital and movement disorders fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She joined the faculty at Wash U in 2018.
Aravamuthan specializes in CP both clinically and in the lab, and specifically focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of dystonia in cerebral palsy. Her translational research includes assessment of practitioner and community views on CP and dystonia diagnosis, optimization of dystonia diagnosis in CP both clinically and in animal models, development of clinically-relevant mouse models of CP, and systems and circuit neuroscience approaches to assess dystonia
pathophysiology in mice. She holds numerous national leadership positions including as Vice Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Section on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Leader
and Steering Group Member of the Cerebral Palsy Research Network Committees on Dystonia Quality Improvement and Dystonia Research, and Co-founder and Co-director of the Child Neurology Society Cerebral Palsy Special Interest Group.