Bruce Robert Ransom M.D., Ph.D.

Bruce Robert Ransom M.D., Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Movement Disorders/Spasticity, Neurology


Neurology, Neurosciences




Primary Location

Neurology Clinic at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 8th Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.7688|Map It 

Neurology Clinic at Harborview

410 9th Ave., 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


Dr. Ransom is the chair of the UW Medicine Neurology Department and a UW professor of neurology. He is an expert in general neurology and sub-specializes in movement disorder conditions, such as Parkinson disease.

He also conducts research on the cellular mechanisms of brain injury due to stroke and the function of non-neuronal brain cells called glial cells.

Dr. Ransom earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri. After an internship at Washington University, he did research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland for three years. He trained in neurology at Stanford University.

He was a faculty member in neurology at Stanford and Yale Universities before he moved to the UW in 1995 to become the founding chair of the Department of Neurology. He has an adjunct appointment as professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, a member of the American Neurological Association and is board certified in neurology. He is a past president of the Association of University Professors of Neurology. He has lectured widely on topics related to his research and clinical interests.

Patient Care Philosophy

I am committed to understanding each of my patients as a person. This allows me to provide the best care possible. Neurology is a challenging branch of medicine, and I encourage my patients to see themselves as partners in their care. Finally, even if it sounds a little old fashioned, I consider it a privilege to take care of my patients, and I try to communicate that.

Personal Interests

I collect petrified wood (some of my furniture is made from petrified wood) and art. I enjoy hiking, biking and travel.

Clinical Interests

Movement disorders, including conditions like Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia, general neurology and inpatient neurology.

Research Interests

Basic research on: how the brain is injured by stroke, brain energy metabolism and the functions of brain glial cells (the non-neuronal cells).


Washington U. School of MedicineMedical education1972
Jewish Hospital of St. LouisInternship
Stanford University Medical CenterResidencyNeurology


Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & NeurologyNeurology1984
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