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Our Epileptologists

Daniel Lowenstein, MD
Paul A. Garcia, MD
John Betjemann, MD
Maria Cilio, MD
Susannah Cornes, MD
Manu Hegde, MD PhD
Heidi E. Kirsch, MD, MS
Robert Knowlton, MD
Tina T. Shih, MD
Nilika Singhal, MD
Joseph E. Sullivan, MD


Daniel LowensteinDaniel Lowenstein, MD
Professor of Neurology
Medical Director, UCSF Epilepsy Center

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Daniel Lowenstein, MD is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. He received his BA in Mathematics from the University of Colorado and his MS in Man-Environment Relations from The Pennsylvania State University. He completed his MD from Harvard, and followed with an internship in Pediatrics and residency in Neurology at UCSF, serving as Chief Resident in the final year. He then did a two-year fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Stanley Prusiner Laboratory, and became a faculty member in the Department of Neurology in 1999.

Dr. Lowenstein divides his time between patient care, clinical research and teaching. His main clinical research is focused on approaches designed to advance our understanding of the complex genetics of epilepsies. He is a highly regarded teacher, and has had an active role concerning issues related to cultural diversity and civil rights. Dr. Lowenstein has also been instrumental in defining scientific policy at the national level, serving on a number of committees and task forces of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

Education
University of Colorado, BA, 1973
Pennsylvania State University, MS, 1978
Harvard University, MD, 1983

Residencies
UCSF Medical Center, Neurology, 1982

Fellowships
UCSF Medical Center, Prusiner Laboratory, 1989

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Paul GarciaPaul A. Garcia, MD
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Director of Clinical Services, UCSF Epilepsy Center

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Paul Garcia, MD is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. He received his BS in Physiology from the University of California, Davis. He completed his MD, as well as his Medicine internship and Neurology residency at UCSF. He then did a two-year fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at UCSF before joining the faculty in the Department of Neurology in 1993.

As the Director of Clinical Epilepsy Services, Dr. Garcia oversees a premiere clinical program. His teaching is centered on clinical epilepsy education for fellows, residents and students. His research is aimed at developing new ways to treat people with poorly-controlled epilepsy. He serves on several committees at UCSF and throughout the UC system with a current focus on expanding faculty opportunities for leadership and self-governance.

Education
University of California, Davis, BS, 1983
University of California, San Francisco, MD, 1987

Residencies
University of California, San Francisco, Neurology, 1991

Fellowships
University of California, San Francisco, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, 1993

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John Betjemann, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology
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Dr. John Betjemann joined the UCSF Neurology faculty in 2012 after completing residency and fellowship training in both epilepsy and neurohospitalist medicine at UCSF. Accordingly, his clinical interests are quite varied and include medical and surgical treatment of patients with epilepsy as well as caring for patients with general neurologic conditions. His clinical activities are mainly focused in the inpatient arena attending on the neurology ward and consult service at both UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). In addition, he is expanding the care of patients with epilepsy at SFGH by creating a medically refractory epilepsy clinic. Dr. Betjemann's research interests involve investigating health disparities, identification of ongoing status epilepticus through novel technologies, cost-effective resource utilization in the inpatient setting and improving inpatient outcomes. He remains intimately involved in the education of students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Betjemann earned a BS in economics and biology from Union College and an MD from Albany Medical College. He completed a medical

Education
Union College, BS, 2002
Albany Medical College, MD, 2005

Residencies
University of Michigan, Neurology, 2009

Fellowships
UCSF Medical Center, Epilepsy, 2011
UCSF Medical Center, Neurohospitalist, 2012

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Maria Roberta Cilio, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Director of Research in Pediatric Epilepsy, UCSF Epilepsy Center

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Maria Roberta Cilio, MD, PhD, is a pediatric and neonatal epileptologist, Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. She received her MD degree from the University of Rome La Sapienza in Italy, followed with a residency in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, and the University of Rome La Sapienza, then a Fellowship in Pediatric Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the Bambino Gesú Hospital and Research Institute of Rome. Subsequently, she completed a four-year research fellowship in Dr. Gregory Holmes’ laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, focusing on the structural and functional consequences of seizures in the neonatal period. She joined the Epilepsy and Child Neurology team at the Bambino Gesú Hospital in 2001, where she became the Director of Neonatal Neurology and Neurophysiology. In 2011 she has been honored at UCSF with Presidential Chair Award from the Office of the President, and became a faculty member in the Department of Neurology in 2012.

Dr. Cilio is an internationally renowned expert in the diagnosis and treatment of early-onset epilepsies and epileptic encephalopathies. She dedicates her research to the diagnosis and treatment of rare epilepsies presenting in the very first years of life and particularly to their genetic basis. She serves as project leader for prestigious research grants by the European Commission ERA-Net for Research Programmes on Rare Diseases, and the Italian
Ministry of Health, aiming at identifying the genetic defects in infants with epilepsy in order to develop targeted treatment strategies. She is a highly regarded teacher, she lectures internationally in conferences and advanced courses, and she is widely published both as a basic and clinical researcher. She speaks English, Italian, French, and Spanish.

Education
University of Rome La Sapienza, MD, 1988

Residencies
Catholic University of Louvain, Pediatrics, 1989
University of Rome La Sapienza, Pediatric Neurology, 1993

Fellowships
Bambino Gesú Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, Pediatric Epilepsy, 1997

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Susannah Cornes MDSusannah Cornes, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Director, Epilepsy Resident Rotation

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Susannah Cornes, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. She received her Intensive BS in Psychobiology from Yale University with high honors and her MD from the University of California, San Francisco. She stayed at UCSF for her residency in Neurology, where she served as a chief resident in her final year. She completed a two-year fellowship in Epilepsy at UCSF and continued on as faculty in 2010. She also completed the Teaching Scholars Program in 2010, a faculty development fellowship for medical educators.

Dr. Cornes divides her time between caring for adults with epilepsy, conducting clinical and educational research, and teaching trainees at a variety of levels. She is interested in the role of stress in seizures and epilepsy and serves as a principal investigator for the Stress Management Intervention for Living with Epilepsy (SMILE) trial, a large multicenter trial for adults with epilepsy. She is also a leader in medical education and the principal investigator for a study leading to the development of the “NeuroExam Tutor,” a mobile platform to teach neurologic examination skills. She is the recipient of teaching awards from the Department of Neurology and the Academy of Medical Educators and has published in a variety of areas related to epilepsy.

Education
Yale University, BS, 1997
UCSF Medical Center, MD, 2003

Residencies
UCSF Medical Center, Neurology, 2007

Fellowships
UCSF Medical Center, Epilepsy Fellowship, 2010
UCSF Medical Center, Teaching Scholars Program, 2010

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Manu Hedge MDManu Hegde, MD PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
UCSF Epilepsy Center

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Dr. Manu Hegde is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. He is also a Staff Physician at the Epilepsy Center of Excellence at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (http://www.epilepsy.va.gov). He received a BA with honors in psychobiology from Claremont McKenna College, before earning a medical degree and a doctorate in neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. He then completed a medicine internship at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, followed by a neurology residency at UCSF, where he served as a chief neurology resident for Moffitt Hospital in his final year. He completed a fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at UCSF before joining the faculty.

Dr. Hegde cares for adults with seizures, teaches trainees, and conducts research. His primary research interest is the discovery of epilepsy biomarkers, and he is a principal investigator for the Human Epilepsy Project (http://humanepilepsyproject.org), a large multicenter prospective study of people with focal epilepsy. His other interests include the utilization of novel techniques to improve seizure localization, developing an algorithm for epilepsy surgery candidacy, and understanding links between epilepsy and autoimmune disease. He has published on a variety of topics, and has received research funding from NIH/NINDS, as well as nongovernmental organizations.

Education
Claremont McKenna College, BA, 1995
University of California, Davis, MD, 2005
University of California, Davis, PhD, 2006

Internship
Alameda County Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2006

Residency

UCSF Medical Center, Neurology, 2009

Fellowship
UCSF Medical Center, Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology, 2011

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Heidi KirschHeidi E. Kirsch, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Neurology and Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Clinical Director and Associate Director of Research, UCSF Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory

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Heidi Kirsch, MS, MD is a UCSF associate professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. She earned her AB in biological anthropology at Harvard and a MS in Health and Medical Sciences and medical degree in the Joint Medical Program offered by the University of California at Berkeley and UCSF. She completed an internship at Georgetown University and a neurology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she shared chief resident duties during her final year, and stayed at Johns Hopkins for a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. During her fellowship, she was a volunteer to the Cognitive Neuroscience Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She joined the staff of UCSF Medical Center in 2002. She is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology.

Dr. Kirsch divides her time between clinical and research activity. She is a specialist in mapping epileptic activity and functional areas in the brain using a combination of magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG) for the purposes of planning epilepsy surgery. In her research, she studies new methods of brain mapping and the ways in which seizures spread in the brain, and the effects of epilepsy on cognitive function. She is also active in the Northern California affiliate of the Epilepsy Foundation, having served as the president of the Professional Advisory Board and of the Board of Directors in the past.

Education
Harvard University, AB, 1991
UC Berkeley, BS, 1994
UCSF, MD, 1996

Residencies
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Neurology, 2000

Fellowships

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, 2002

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Robert Knowlton, MD
Professor, Clinical Neurology
Medical Director, Seizure Disorders Surigical Program
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Tina ShihTina T. Shih, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology
Fellowship Director, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy
Medical Director, Neurodiagnostic Laboratory

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Tina Shih, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. She received her AB in Biology from Harvard University and her MD from Stanford University. After completing her internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she moved to New York City where she completed a neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship at Columbia University. She then joined the faculty at Columbia, dividing her time between the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Harlem Hospital, where she cared for underserved adult and pediatric patients with epilepsy. She joined the UCSF faculty in 2006.

Dr. Shih divides her time between patient care and teaching. She has focused much of her efforts on improving the patient experience and providing care for underserved populations. She received the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012.

Education:
Harvard University, AB 1992
Stanford University, MD 1996

Residencies:
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, Neurology 2000

Fellowship:
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Unversity, Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology 2002

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Nilika Singhal, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
UCSF Epilepsy

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Nilika Shah Singhal, MD is a board-certified Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. She received her BA in Philosophy from Texas A&M University. She completed her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She followed this with a residency in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, followed by a Child Neurology fellowship at UCSF, serving as Chief Resident in the final year. She completed a one-year fellowship in Pediatric Epilepsy at UCSF, and became a faculty member in the Department of Neurology in 2013.

Dr. Singhal enjoys taking care of patients, teaching, and is invested in clinical research. Her research interests thus far have centered on understanding epidemiology of a variety of diseases in pediatric neurology. When she is not at work, she enjoys hiking the Bay Area, yoga, and traveling.

Education
Texas A&M University, BA, 2003
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, MD, 2007

Residencies
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatrics, 2009
UCSF Medical Center, Child Neurology, 2012

Fellowships
UCSF Medical Center, Department of Epilepsy, 2013

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Joseph SullivanJoseph E. Sullivan, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Director of the UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center

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Dr. Joseph Sullivan, a pediatric neurologist, is the director of the UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center, where he specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with epilepsy. In particular, he is interested in the treatment of refractory epilepsy that does not respond to medications.

Sullivan has been involved in research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify areas in the brain that control language in children with epilepsy. Prior to joining UCSF Children's Hospital in 2007, Sullivan completed residencies in pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital at Northwestern University where he spent an additional year as chief resident. He then completed his child neurology, clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy training at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Specialities: Pediatric Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology
Education: Albany School of Medicine, 1998
Residencies: University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Child Neurology, 2005
Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University - Pediatrics, 2002
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy

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