Training and Education

Clinical Epilepsy Fellowship at UCSF

The overall goal of the epilepsy fellowship program at UCSF is to train outstanding clinical neurologists capable of caring for the most complex epilepsy cases. The aim of the program also includes the training of academic leaders in epilepsy—whether by virtue of lasting contributions to the clinical care of patients, improvements in public health, educating future neurologists, or fostering the early careers of clinical or laboratory research physician-scientists. This program is an ACGME-accredited epilepsy fellowship.

Applications are now being accepted for our adult and pediatric fellowships beginning in 2023!

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Current Fellows

Samantha Allen MD, MS

Dr. Allen is a Neurologist and Epilepsy Clinical Fellow in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. She is interested in health disparities and neuroinfectious disease, particularly neurocysticercosis, as well as public health efforts to improve care delivery and access for epilepsy patients globally.  

Education 
Pomona College, BA (Religious Studies), 2008 
University of California Berkeley, MS (Health and Medical Sciences), 2015 
University of California San Francisco, MD, 2017 
Oregon Health and Science University, Internship, 2018 
Oregon Health and Science University, Residency in Adult Neurology, 2021 
 

LeeAnn Chang MD, MS

Dr. Chang is a Neurologist and an Epilepsy Clinical Fellow in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. She is interested in neuroplasticity and implantable devices in refractory epilepsy, as well as its future applications to neurorehabilitation. 

Education
Harvard College, AB (Biology), 2007
Georgetown University, MS (Physiology and Biophysics), 2012
Georgetown University, MD, 2016
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Internship in Internal Medicine, 2017
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Residency in Adult Neurology, 2020

Robert (Bobby) McInnis MD

Dr. McInnis is a Neurologist and Epilepsy Clinical Fellow in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. He interested in teaching medical students and neurology trainees, and has research interests in artificially intelligent EEG analysis. He is also interested in biomarkers and mechanisms of epileptogenesis after brain injury, and improving the delivery and equitability of epilepsy care.

Education
Skidmore College, BA (Psychology), 2009
Boston University, MD, 2017
Massachusetts General Hospital, Internship in Internal Medicine, 2018
Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Neurology Residency, 2021

Anthony Mefford MD

Dr. Mefford is a Neurologist and Clinical Fellow in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. He is interested in cognitive dysfunction in epilepsy and other neurological conditions, with a specific interest in traumatic brain injury and neurorehabilitation.

Education
Gustavus Adolphus College, BA (Biology, Neuroscience), 2012
University of California Davis School of Medicine, MD, 2017
University of California San Francisco, Internship in Internal Medicine, 2018
University of California San Francisco, Residency in Adult Neurology, 2021

Clare Timbie MD, PhD

Dr. Timbie is a pediatric neurologist and pediatric epilepsy fellow at UCSF. She is interested in thalamic mechanisms of epilepsy and cognitive conditions associated with epilepsy.

Education:
Tufts University, BS (Biopsychology), 2006 
Boston University PhD (Neuroscience), 2016
Boston University, MD, 2016
UCSF, Residency in Pediatric Neurology, 2021

 

Fellowship Alumni

2021
Joline Fan MD, MS - University of California, San Francisco
Patrick Hullett MD, PhD - University of California, San Francisco
Virginia Liu MD - Children's Hospital Orange County, Orange, CA
Joseph Sanford, MD - UCSF Fresno
Roxanne Simmons MD - UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

2020
Besim Uzgil MD, PhD - Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

2019
Brandy Ma MD, MPH - Houston Methodist Hospital
Rawan Daghistani MBBS - King Fahad Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jon Kleen MD, PhD - University of California, San Francisco

2018
Proleta Datta MBBS - University of Nebraska Medical Center
Samantha Coffino MD - Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA
Philip Larimer MD, PhD - Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

2017
June Yoshii-Contreras MD - University of California, San Diego
Archana Pasupuleti MD - Children's National Medical Center

2016
Emily Matthews MD, PhD - Stanford Medical Center
Brian Cabaniss MD - Emory University
Wolfgang Mulhofer MD - University of Alabama, Birmingham

2015
Michael Oldham MD - Medpace, Inc.

2014
Marisa Gardner MD - UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Arti Muralidhara, MD - Jackson & Coker
Vikram Rao MD, PhD - University of California, San Francisco

2013
Nilika Singhal MD - University of California, San Francisco
Yana Kriseman MD - Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, CA
Sarah Shalev MD - Sutter Health

2012
Siddharth Kharkar MBBS - Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, India
Jeffrey Bigelow MD - Intermountain Healthcare

2011
Manu Hegde MD PhD - University of California, San Francisco
Josiah Ambrose MD - Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, CA
John Betjemann MD – Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, CA
Kendall Nash MD - University of California, San Francisco

2010
Susannah Cornes MD - University of California, San Francisco
Arif Kabir MD - University of Maryland

2009
Jeffrey Tsai MD, PhD - University of Washington

2008
Nina Garga MD - University of California, San Francisco
Joyce Matsumoto MD - University of California, Los Angeles
Rachel Kuperman MD - Eysz, Inc