Cathrin Buetefisch, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Professor

Emory University Department of Neurology

Associate Professor

Emory University Department of Radiology


  • Abitur, Max Planck Gymnasium, 1983
  • MD, Free University of Berlin, 1991
  • PhD, Heinrich-Heine University , 2004



  • Enhancing Rehabilitation Research in the South Work Shop Award, 2005
  • Kuratorium ZNS Hannelore Kohl Award, 2003
  • Lise-Meitner Stipend, 2002 
  • German Society for Neurological Rehabilitation Poster Award, 2002
  • German Society for Neurology Poster Award, 2002
  • Society of Human Brain Mapping Travel Award, 2001


  • American Academy of Neurology 
  • American Society of Neurorehabilitation
  • Movement Disorder Society
  • Society of Neuroscience 


The research focuses on mechanisms and modulation of human and rodent motor cortex reorganization.  The overall goal of the research is to design innovative rehabilitation strategies that are based on these previously identified mechanisms to enhance motor function in patients after stroke.  


Research Articles

  • Prudente C, Stilla R, Buetefisch CM, Singh S, Hess E., Hu X, Sathian K, Jinnah H (2015): Neural substrates for head movements in humans: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. J Neurosci. 2015 Jun 17;35(24):9163-72. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0851-15.2015.
  • Buetefisch C. Role of the contralesional hemisphere in post-stroke recovery of upper extremity motor function. Review. Frontiers Neurology, 2015 Oct; 16: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00214/ PMC4607877
  • Kimberley TJ, Schmidt RL, Chen M, Dykstra DD, Buetefisch CM. (2015) Mixed effectiveness of rTMS and retraining in the treatment of focal hand dystonia.Front Hum Neurosci. 2015 Jul 9;9:385. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00385. eCollection 2015. 
  • Shaikh AG, Mewes K, DeLong MR, Gross RE, Triche SD, Jinnah HA, Boulis N, Willie JT, Freeman A, Alexander GE, Aia P, Butefisch CM, Esper CD, Factor SA. (2015): Temporal profile of improvement of tardive dystonia after globus pallidus deep brain stimulation. Parkinsonism & related disorders. 2015; 21(2):116-9
  • Buetefisch CM, Revill KP, Shuster L, Hines B, Parsons M. (2014): Motor demand dependent activation of ipsilateral motor cortex. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Aug 15; 112(4):999-1009.
  • Buetefisch CM, Howard C, Korb C, Haut M, Shuster L, Pergami P, Smith C, Hobbs G (2014): Conditions for enhancing the encoding of an elementary motor memory by rTMS. Clin Neurophysiol. 2015 Mar; 126 (3):581-93.
  • Stahl V, Hayes H, Buetefisch CM, Wolf SL, Trumbower RD: Preservation of hand aperture modulation during reaching in persons with incomplete cervical spinal cord injury. Experimental Brain Res.
  • Stoeckel CM, Morgenroth F, Buetefisch CM, Seitz R, (2012): Differential Grey-Matter Changes in Sensorimotor Cortex Related to Exceptional Fine Motor Skills. PLOS ONE 7(12): e51900
  • Groiss SJ, Netz J, Lange HW, Buetefisch, Buetefisch CM (2012): Frequency dependent effects of rTMS on motor and cognitive functions in Huntington’s disease. Basal Ganglia 2:42-48.
  • Buetefisch CM, Hines B, Shuster L, Pergami P, Mathes A (2011): Motor demand dependent improvement in accuracy following low-frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation of left motor cortex. J Neurophysiol 106 (4): 1614-2.

Review Articles

  • Buetefisch, C. M. (2015). "Role of the Contralesional Hemisphere in Post-Stroke Recovery of Upper Extremity Motor Function." Front Neurol 6: 214
  • Hummel F, Celnik P, Pascual-Leone A, Fregni F, Byblow WD, Buetefisch CM, Rothwell J, Cohen LG, Gerloff C. (2008): Controversy: Noninvasive and invasive cortical stimulation show efficacy in treating stroke patients. Brain Stim, 1: 370-82
  • Seitz RJ and Buetefisch CM. (2007) Recovery from ischemic stroke: a translational research perspective for neurology. Future Neurol, 1(5):571-586.
  • Butefisch CM, Kleiser R, Seitz RJ. (2006) Post-lesional cerebral reorganization: evidence from functional neuroimaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation. J Physiol Paris 99:437-454.
  • Buetefisch CM. (2006): Neurobiological principles of rehabilitation. J Neurol Sci, 27: S18-S23
  • Buetefisch CM (2004) Plasticity in the human cerebral cortex: lessons from the normal brain and from stroke. Neuroscientist, 10: 163-173.
  • Seitz, RJ, Buetefisch CM, Kleiser R, & Homberg V. (2004) Reorganisation of cerebral circuits in human ischemic brain disease. Restor Neurol Neurosci, 22: 207-229.
  • Boroojerdi B, Ziemann U, Chen R, Buetefisch CM, Cohen LG. (2001) Mechanisms underlying human motor system plasticity. Muscle Nerve 24: 602-613.
  • Cohen LG, Ziemann U, Chen R, Classen J, Hallet M, Gerloff C, Buetefisch CM. (1998) Studies of neuroplasticity with transcranial magnetic stimulation. J Clin Neurophysiol, 15: 305-324.

Symposium Contributions

  • 8th World Congress of Neurorehabilitation, Istanbul, Turkey: Usefulness of human neurophysiology in neurorehab practice. April 2014
  • 8th World Congress of Neurorehabilitation, Istanbul, Turkey: Round Table Discussion: Improvement of neurorehabilitation efficacy by non-invasive brain stimulation: Are we ready to go? April 2014
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Atlanta, USA: Enhancing motor recovery after stroke: rTMS vs tDCS”. October 2011
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Toronto, Canada: Recovery after hemiparetic stroke: Lessons learned from motor function assessment using imaging, electrophysiological and behavior measures. October 2008
  • Society for Neuroscience, Washington D.C.:Enhancing motor cortex plasticity by Hebbian-type stimulation. November 2008
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Chicago, USA: Neurophysiological mechanisms underlying functional recovery after brain lesions. The TMS contribution. September 2005

Book Chapters

  • Buetefisch CM and Puce A: Multimodal Neurophysiological Investigation. Carey L (ed) Stroke Rehabilitation: Insights from Neuroscience and Imaging. Oxford University Press, New York, USA 2012
  • Buetefisch CM and Cohen LG: Use-dependent changes in TMS measures. In: The Oxford Handbook of Transcranial Stimulation. Wassermann et al. (eds), Oxford University Press, New York, USA 2008.
  • Buetefisch CM: Űbungsabhängiges motorisches Lernen. In: Das TMS Buch. Siebner et al. (eds), Springer, Heidelberg, Germany 2007
  • Seitz RJ, Buetefisch CM, Hömberg V.: Neural Correlates of Cerebral Plasticity after Brain Infarction. Reisin RC, Nuwer MR, Hallett M, Medina C (eds) Advances Clinical Neurophysiol (Suppl.) 2002; 54: pp 248-252
  • Goldfarb LG, Buetefisch CM, Brown P: Cerebellar ataxia in the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. In: Neurological Ataxia. Klockgether T (ed) 1999
  • Hummelsheim H, Münch B, Buetefisch CM, Hoppe S, Neumann S: Transcranial magnetic stimulation in rehabilitation and physiotherapy evaluation in hemiparetic stroke patients. In: Clinical application of Magnetic Transcranial Stimulation. Lissens editor. Louvain: Peeters Press 1992, pp 290-300