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Dr. Aviva Ellenstein, MD

Neurologist

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If you are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain or any other emergency, please call 911. ***Dr. Ellenstein specializes in treating patients with movement disorders*** Aviva Ellenstein, MD, PhD is board-certified in Neurology. She is an assistant clinical professor and the Director of the Movement Disorders Program at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and both her MD and PhD from the Boston University School of Medicine. Upon completion of her residency in neurology at the Boston Medical Center, she was honored with the Boston University and Boston Veterans Affairs Hospital medical student teaching award. Dr. Ellenstein completed her fellowship in movement disorders and human motor control at The National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Ellenstein is a published clinician-scientist with a longstanding interest in both neurology and neuroscience. Her clinical interests include Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia, functional movement disorders, and unusual movement disorders. She is skilled in the use of Botulinum toxin for treating various types of dystonia, including cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. Her research interests are focused on motor learning and its implications for advancing treatment options for patients with movement disorders. She has served as a principal investigator on several studies at The NIH and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society. Dr. Ellenstein applies her lifelong love of learning and teaching to her patients and students alike. Passionate about mentoring, she was the founder of The NIH Mentoring for Mom and Dad Clinicians and Scientists program and co-founder of the American Academy of Neurology

In-network insurances

  • Adventist Health
  • Aetna
  • AmeriGroup

Specialties

  • Neurologist

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Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Education and training

  • Boston Medical Center, Residency in Neurology
  • Bryn Mawr College (Bachelor’s)
  • Medical School - Boston University
  • National Institutes of Health, Fellowship in Movement Disorders

Awards and publications

  • Honored with the Boston University and Boston Veterans Affairs Hospital medical student teaching award.

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1134394836

Office locations

MFA Department of Neurology

George Washington Medical Faculty Associates

22nd St NW and I St NW, 7th Fl

Washington, DC 20037

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She was kind and very methodical. Suggested all the reasonable next steps. I will come back again. But hopefully not after I am healed.
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Dr. Ellenstein was extremely thoughtful and attentive, and took my concerns very seriously. She even gave me her assistant's number in case I need to follow up. Highly, highly recommend!
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Dr. Ellenstein is fantastic. Highly recommended
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The appointment with Dr. Ellenstein was literally the best doctor's appointment I've ever been to. She was very thorough in her examination and questions and her recommendations to my rather complicated problem was very well-thought outand complimented what my other doctor suggested. She was willing to communicated with my other doctors and was very cordial. She analyzed my problem like a scientist and gave me solutions like a physician (she's MD/PhD). Highly recommended.
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She is an excellent communicator -- clearly explained her approach and began treatment at first appointment.
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She is knowledgeable, kind, and thorough. She is willing to research to try and gather as much information as possible and really takes her patient's concerns and ideas seriously.
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Excellent. She is clearly very intelligent, also personable. I would recommend her to anyone - definitely 5 stars!
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De Ellenstein is one of the finest physicians I see at GW. She is thorough, caring and gives all the time to answer concerns and questions. She makes you welcome and comfortable right away to get most of the visit.
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What a fantastic doctor! She listened to all my concerns and was very caring. Obviously extremely competent. She explained everything with details and was never rushed. Definitely a great experience and I would recommend her without hesitation.
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Dr. Ellenstein was very patient and kind. She took her time making me feel taken care of.
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This physician is very professional, knowledgeable,patient and she listens!
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Doctor Ellenstein is very professional and thorough. She is tolerant of patients and open-minded.
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I searched on Zocdoc specifically for headache specialists and Dr. Ellenstein popped up. She had great reviews so I made an appointment, but when I arrived she explained that she was a Parkinson's specialist! She explained that she would getme started today and then refer me to a headache specialist in her practice. Dr. Ellenstein was very thorough and professional and super personable and friendly. I would recommend her very highly. Too bad about Zocdoc giving me a list of Parkinson's specialists when I asked for headache specialists!
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This was my first appointment with Dr. Ellenstein. She was very thorough in asking questions, she listened carefully, and has an excellent manner about her.
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It was worth seeing Dr. Ellenstein. She's very through and made me very comfortable talking to her. She made great connection with the patient. I had a wonderful interaction with her.
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Professional, didn't rush, answered my questions.
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Competent and reassuring.
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I had booked the appointment online through ZocDoc for a returning patient instead of a new patient which requires a longer appointment. I thought I would have to reschedule but she graciously agreed to see me as I had traveled somedistance. I instantly felt at ease. She did a complete exam and confirmed the diagnosis I had received last week. We spoke extensively on causes and treatment. She was patient and explained a variety of options and scenarios. I never felt rushed and left feeling I had enough information on the process moving forward. I never write reviews unless the experience was exceptional and Dr. Ellenstein is truly exceptional!!!!!
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Dr Ellenstein was thorough in her examination and helpful in discussing potential issues Very impressed with her as a doctor. Highly recommend.
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Dr. Ellenstein is a fine physician. She inspires confidence by both her evident skill and her judgment. A patient who has her for a doctor is lucky.
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It was helpful and informative. Dr.E inspired my trust in her expertise.
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Dr. Ellenstein is highly competent and down-to-business. Excellent.
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Dr. Ellenstein was very kind and generous. I was there to establish care and she directed me in the right direction. She also referred me to another doctor's office who contacted me within two days. My overall experience was exceptional.
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She seems to be an excellent clinician. Very very thorough. She is young, and has research experience....this detail is important to me. I saw her for shingles altho she has a specialty in movement disorders. She had an impressive training historyand education but seems to be fairly personable as well. Like any modern doctor she began by typing my responses into a computer. While this eliminates eye contact, which I believe to be important, this is the way things are done. When not at the computer she had good eye contact and was a good listener. I recommend her.
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