Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD

Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD

Movement Disorders Neurology| Neurology
Accepting new patients


Dr. Portera-Cailliau was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He obtained a B.A. in Biochemistry & Cell Biology from U.C. San Diego in 1990. He then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and obtained an MD-PhD degree in 1997. His mentors were Drs. Donald Price and Lee Martin.

After completing a residency in Neurology at The Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, where he was Chief Resident in 2001, Dr. Portera-Cailliau moved to Columbia University for a movement disorders fellowship under Dr. Stanley Fahn.  He also completed post-doctoral fellowships at Columbia and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

He joined the UCLA faculty in 2005, where he leads an NIH-funded laboratory that investigates the circuit basis of autism and neurodegenerative disorders. He has joint appointments in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology. He attends the movement disorders clinic on Fridays.




Medical Board Certification

Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2002


Movement Disorder, Columbia-Presbyterian Neurological Institute, 2004


Neurology, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, 2001


Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 1998


MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1997

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Corticobasal degeneration
Action tremor
Handwriting tremor
Parkinson's disease (pd)
Multiple system atrophy
Essential tremor



1986: Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, UC San Diego

2000-2001: Chief Resident in Neurology, Partners Health Care System

2001: Resident Teaching Award (Neurology), Harvard Medical School

2001: Menek Goldstein Award - National Parkinson Foundation 

2005: Dana Foundation Award – Brain and Immuno-imaging

200: March of Dimes Award

2010: Stein-Oppenheimer Endowment Award 

2011: Elected Fellow of the American Neurological Association 

2013:  SFARI Dynamics of Neural Circuits Award (Simons Foundation)

2013: Steven C. Gordon Family Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research, DGSOM, UCLA

2015: Golden Test Tube Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Classroom or Laboratory, UCLA

2015: John Merck Fund Translational Research Program Award

2020: Undergraduate Research Week Faculty Mentor Award, UCLA