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Paul Garcia, M.D.

Director of Clinical Epilepsy Services

Dr. Paul Garcia is a nationally recognized neurologist in the treatment of epilepsy and director of Clinical Epilepsy Services at UCSF Medical Center. His expertise covers a wide range of conditions and therapies, with a particular interest in treating epilepsy patients after surgery, advances in diagnosis and treatment of frontal lobe epilepsy and epilepsy in patients with brain tumors. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society and on the board of directors of the Western EEG Society.

Garcia earned an undergraduate degree with high honors at the University of California, Davis in physiology and a medical degree at UCSF, where he also completed residency and subspecialty training in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. He joined the staff of UCSF Medical Center in 1991 and is an associate clinical professor of neurology. Garcia has served as an ad hoc reviewer for several professional publications, including the Annals of Neurology and the Journal of Neurology, and has published numerous research articles.

Clinics

Epilepsy Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2437
Fax: (415) 353-2837

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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Education

UCSF 1987

Residencies

UCSF, Medicine 1988

Fellowships

UCSF, Neurology 1991
UCSF, Epilepsy 1993

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Flexman AM, Wong H, Riggs KW, Shih T, Garcia PA, Vacas S, Talke PO. Enzyme-inducing Anticonvulsants Increase Plasma Clearance of Dexmedetomidine: A Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Study. Anesthesiology. 2014 Jan 30.
  2. Englot DJ, Lee AT, Tsai C, Halabi C, Barbaro NM, Auguste KI, Garcia PA, Chang EF. Seizure types and frequency in patients who "fail" temporal lobectomy for intractable epilepsy. Neurosurgery. 2013 Nov; 73(5):838-44; quiz 844.
  3. Geschwind MD, Kuo AL, Wong KS, Haman A, Devereux G, Raudabaugh BJ, Johnson DY, Torres-Chae CC, Finley R, Garcia P, Thai JN, Cheng HQ, Neuhaus JM, Forner SA, Duncan JL, Possin KL, Dearmond SJ, Prusiner SB, Miller BL. Quinacrine treatment trial for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Neurology. 2013 Dec 3; 81(23):2015-23.
  4. Vossel KA, Beagle AJ, Rabinovici GD, Shu H, Lee SE, Naasan G, Hegde M, Cornes SB, Henry ML, Nelson AB, Seeley WW, Geschwind MD, Gorno-Tempini ML, Shih T, Kirsch HE, Garcia PA, Miller BL, Mucke L. Seizures and epileptiform activity in the early stages of Alzheimer disease. JAMA Neurol. 2013 Sep 1; 70(9):1158-66.
  5. Betjemann JP, Thompson AC, Santos-Sánchez C, Garcia PA, Ivey SL. Distinguishing language and race disparities in epilepsy surgery. Epilepsy Behav. 2013 Sep; 28(3):444-9.
  6. Hensley-Judge H, Quigg M, Barbaro NM, Newman SA, Ward MM, Chang EF, Broshek DK, Lamborn KR, Laxer KD, Garcia P, Heck CN, Kondziolka D, Beach R, Salanova V, Goodman R. Visual field defects after radiosurgery for mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2013 Aug; 54(8):1376-80.
  7. de Hemptinne C, Ryapolova-Webb ES, Air EL, Garcia PA, Miller KJ, Ojemann JG, Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, Starr PA. Exaggerated phase-amplitude coupling in the primary motor cortex in Parkinson disease. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Mar 19; 110(12):4780-5.
  8. Mueller SG, Young K, Hartig M, Barakos J, Garcia P, Laxer KD. A two-level multimodality imaging Bayesian network approach for classification of partial epilepsy: preliminary data. Neuroimage. 2013 May 1; 71:224-32.
  9. Wang DD, Deans AE, Barkovich AJ, Tihan T, Barbaro NM, Garcia PA, Chang EF. Transmantle sign in focal cortical dysplasia: a unique radiological entity with excellent prognosis for seizure control. J Neurosurg. 2013 Feb; 118(2):337-44.
  10. Paterson RW, Torres-Chae CC, Kuo AL, Ando T, Nguyen EA, Wong K, Dearmond SJ, Haman A, Garcia P, Johnson DY, Miller BL, Geschwind MD. Differential diagnosis of jakob-creutzfeldt disease. Arch Neurol. 2012 Dec; 69(12):1578-82.
  11. Hegde M, Santos-Sanchez C, Hess CP, Kabir AA, Garcia PA. Seizure exacerbation in two patients with focal epilepsy following marijuana cessation. Epilepsy Behav. 2012 Dec; 25(4):563-6.
  12. Englot DJ, Ouyang D, Wang DD, Rolston JD, Garcia PA, Chang EF. Relationship between hospital surgical volume, lobectomy rates, and adverse perioperative events at US epilepsy centers. J Neurosurg. 2013 Jan; 118(1):169-74.
  13. Southwell DG, Garcia PA, Berger MS, Barbaro NM, Chang EF. Long-term seizure control outcomes after resection of gangliogliomas. Neurosurgery. 2012 Jun; 70(6):1406-13; discussion 1413-4.
  14. Wang DD, Englot DJ, Garcia PA, Lawton MT, Young WL. Minocycline- and tetracycline-class antibiotics are protective against partial seizures in vivo. Epilepsy Behav. 2012 Jul; 24(3):314-8.
  15. Tartaglia MC, Johnson DY, Thai JN, Cattaruzza T, Wong K, Garcia P, Dearmond SJ, Miller BL, Geschwind MD. Clinical overlap between Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease and Lewy body disease. Can J Neurol Sci. 2012 May; 39(3):304-10.
  16. Englot DJ, Berger MS, Chang EF, Garcia PA. Characteristics and treatment of seizures in patients with high-grade glioma: a review. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2012 Apr; 23(2):227-35, vii-viii.
  17. Englot DJ, Ouyang D, Garcia PA, Barbaro NM, Chang EF. Epilepsy surgery trends in the United States, 1990-2008. Neurology. 2012 Apr 17; 78(16):1200-6.
  18. Scanlon C, Mueller SG, Tosun D, Cheong I, Garcia P, Barakos J, Weiner MW, Laxer KD. Impact of methodologic choice for automatic detection of different aspects of brain atrophy by using temporal lobe epilepsy as a model. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 Oct; 32(9):1669-76.
  19. Chang EF, Wang DD, Barkovich AJ, Tihan T, Auguste KI, Sullivan JE, Garcia PA, Barbaro NM. Predictors of seizure freedom after surgery for malformations of cortical development. Ann Neurol. 2011 Jul; 70(1):151-62.
  20. Mueller SG, Laxer KD, Scanlon C, Garcia P, McMullen WJ, Loring DW, Meador KJ, Weiner MW. Different structural correlates for verbal memory impairment in temporal lobe epilepsy with and without mesial temporal lobe sclerosis. Hum Brain Mapp. 2012 Feb; 33(2):489-99.

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