Ankur Ajit Butala, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years), Geriatrics (55+ years)

Languages: English, Spanish


Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Atypical Parkinsonian Disorders, Autism, Balance Disorders, Cerebellar Ataxia, Chorea, Deep Brain Stimulation, Dystonia, Essential Tremor, Friedreich's Ataxia, Frontotemporal Dementias, Lewy Body Dementia, Movement Disorders, Neuropsychiatric Complications of Movement Disorders, Neuropsychiatry, Parkinson's Disease, Pediatric Torticollis, Psychiatric Complications of Neurological Diseases, Tourette's Syndrome, Young-Onset Dementias more

Research Interests

Deep Brain Stimulation; Artificial Intelligence; Digital Biomarkers more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 410-502-0133
601 N. Caroline St.
5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-0133 | Fax: 410-502-6737

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 410-502-0133
10751 Falls Road
Falls Concourse Suite 250
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Fax: 410-616-2810


Dr. Ankur Butala specializes in the care of persons with complex neuropsychiatric conditions, including persons with advanced Parkinson Disease or other movement or neurodegenerative disorders. Upon graduating from a selective Physician-Scientist program at Albany Medical College, he joined the University of Massachusetts in an uncommon residency in both Neurology and Psychiatry. Dual-trained neuropsychiatrists such as Dr. Butala have experience with: Parkinson Disease and atypical Parkinsonism, Huntington Disease, Ataxia, Dystonia, early-onset dementia, traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, autism spectrum disorders, medication refractory mood and psychotic disorders, epilepsy and functional neurological disorders. 

In residency, he developed an interest in circuit models of brain function and how non-pharmacological approaches such as Neuromodulation and brain stimulation may be used to address treatment-resistant conditions. Consequently, he joined Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a Clinical and Research Fellow from 2015 to 2018, where he developed a skill set including deep brain stimulation, non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS), and measurement of eye movements.

Currently, Dr. Butala's clinical and research interests are in diagnosing and managing persons with advanced Parkinson's Disease, movement disorders, and neuropsychiatric conditions using neuromodulation, cannabinoids, and entheogens. He has ongoing multidisciplinary collaborations with colleagues at the Whiting School of Engineering - Center of Speech & Language Processing in using Machine-Learning Models and Artificial Intelligence to improve the detection and diagnosis of Movement and Neuropsychiatric disorders. more


  • Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Albany Medical College (2008)


  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (2014)


  • Movement Disorders; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2018)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry And Neurology (Neurology) (2014)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry-General) (2014)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Jun-O'Connell AH, Butala A, Morales IB, Henniger N, Deligiannidis KM, Byatt N, et al. The Prevelaence of Bipolar Disorders and Association With Quality of LIfe in a Cohort of Patients With Multiple Sclerosis. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.  2017;29(1):45-51. Epub 2016/08/20. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.15120403. PubMed PMID: 27539374;PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC5288280. Co-First Author

Ilg W, Branscheidt M, Butala A, Celnik P, de Paola L, Horak FB, Schols L, Teive HA, Vogel A, Zee DS, Timmann D. Consensus paper: Neurophysiological assessments of ataxias in daily practice. Cerebellum. 2018. Epub  pending.

Activities & Honors


  • Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society, Alpha Omega, 2014
  • Outstanding House Office Award, UMass Memorial Medical Center, 2014


  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Neuropsychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

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