Peter Tzu-Shin Tsai, MD $$

Pediatric Neurologist

Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Peter Tsai, M.D., is director of the Cerebellar Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic at Children’s Health. He specializes in autism, cerebellar disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Tsai earned his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital as well as a residency in pediatric neurology and fellowship in behavioral neurology at Children’s Hospital – Boston.

Dr. Tsai’s research and clinical interests include the development of mechanism-based therapeutics for the treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

I have a special desire to help develop and provide treatments for children with neurologic disorders.
Peter Tzu-Shin Tsai, MD

Dr. Tsai has won numerous research awards, including the Child Neurology Society's Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award, the Child Neurology Shields Research Grant award, UT Southwestern's Disease-Oriented Clinical Scholars award, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke K08 – Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Developmental Award and the American Academy of Neurology's Neurology Research Training Scholar award.

Dr. Tsai decided to go into medicine because he has a passion for working with amazing people and caring for children and their families.

"I enjoy the children and their spirit and the families who love and support them," Dr. Tsai says. "I have a special desire to help develop and provide treatments for children with neurologic disorders."

In his free time, Dr. Tsai enjoys being with family and friends, being outdoors, cooking and eating.

Education and Training

Medical School
UCLA School of Medicine (2005)
Boston Children's Hospital (2010), Pediatric Neurology
Harvard Medical School - Childrens Hospital (2007), Pediatrics
Boston Children's Hospital (2011), Behavioral Medicine
Board Certification
American Board of Psy&Neurology/Child Neurology
  • Research Interests

    • Cerebellar contribution to cognition and behavior
    • Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    • Neuronal circuits underlying behavioral disorders
  • Publications

    • Sensitive Periods for Cerebellar-Mediated Autistic-like Behaviors. Tsai PT, Rudolph S, Guo C, Ellegood J, Gibson JM, Schaeffer SM, Mogavero J, Lerch JP, Regehr W, Sahin M Cell reports 2018 Oct 25 2 357-367.e4

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