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Tina Shih, M.D.

Neurologist and epilepsy specialist

Dr. Tina Shih, a neurologist at the UCSF Epilepsy Center at UCSF Medical Center, specializes in treating epilepsy in the elderly, management of patients with drug-resistant seizures, patients who have epilepsy surgery and psychiatric conditions related to epilepsy. She is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with added qualification in clinical neurophysiology. She also is board certified in epilepsy and electroencephalography (EEG) by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Shih earned a medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine and interned at Santa Clara Valley Medicine Center. After a residency in neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, she completed a fellowship in epilepsy at the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Her research interests include antiepileptic drug use in nursing homes and the racial and ethnic disparities in epilepsy. She is an assistant professor of neurology at UCSF.


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.

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Stanford School of Medicine 1996


Columbia University Medical Center, Neurology 2000


Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Epilepsy 2002

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 May; 120(5):1118-25.
  2. Larimer P, McDermott MW, Scott BJ, Shih TT, Poisson SN. Recurrent syncope due to refractory cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and transient elevations of intracranial pressure. Neurohospitalist. 2014 Jan; 4(1):18-21.
  3. 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.
  4. Rolston JD, Englot DJ, Wang DD, Shih T, Chang EF. Comparison of seizure control outcomes and the safety of vagus nerve, thalamic deep brain, and responsive neurostimulation: evidence from randomized controlled trials. Neurosurg Focus. 2012 Mar; 32(3):E14.
  5. Englot DJ, Wang DD, Rolston JD, Shih TT, Chang EF. Rates and predictors of long-term seizure freedom after frontal lobe epilepsy surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Neurosurg. 2012 May; 116(5):1042-8.
  6. Cornes SB, Shih T. Evaluation of the patient with spells. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2011 Oct; 17(5 Neurologic Consultation in the Hospital):984-1009.
  7. Leaffer EB, Jacoby A, Benn E, Hauser WA, Shih T, Dayan P, Green R, Andrews H, Thurman DJ, Hesdorffer D. Associates of stigma in an incident epilepsy population from northern Manhattan, New York City. Epilepsy Behav. 2011 May; 21(1):60-4.
  8. Benn EK, Hauser WA, Shih T, Leary L, Bagiella E, Dayan P, Green R, Andrews H, Thurman DJ, Hesdorffer DC. Underlying cause of death in incident unprovoked seizures in the urban community of Northern Manhattan, New York City. Epilepsia. 2009 Oct; 50(10):2296-300.
  9. Begley CE, Basu R, Reynolds T, Lairson DR, Dubinsky S, Newmark M, Barnwell F, Hauser A, Hesdorffer D, Hernandez N, Karceski SC, Shih T. Sociodemographic disparities in epilepsy care: Results from the Houston/New York City health care use and outcomes study. Epilepsia. 2009 May; 50(5):1040-50.
  10. Benn EK, Hauser WA, Shih T, Leary L, Bagiella E, Dayan P, Green R, Andrews H, Thurman DJ, Hesdorffer DC. Estimating the incidence of first unprovoked seizure and newly diagnosed epilepsy in the low-income urban community of Northern Manhattan, New York City. Epilepsia. 2008 Aug; 49(8):1431-9.
  11. Kelvin EA, Hesdorffer DC, Bagiella E, Andrews H, Pedley TA, Shih TT, Leary L, Thurman DJ, Hauser WA. Prevalence of self-reported epilepsy in a multiracial and multiethnic community in New York City. Epilepsy Res. 2007 Dec; 77(2-3):141-50.
  12. McClelland S, Garcia RE, Peraza DM, Shih TT, Hirsch LJ, Hirsch J, Goodman RR. Facial emotion recognition after curative nondominant temporal lobectomy in patients with mesial temporal sclerosis. Epilepsia. 2006 Aug; 47(8):1337-42.
  13. Shih TT, Hirsch LJ. Tonic-absence seizures: an underrecognized seizure type. Epilepsia. 2003 Mar; 44(3):461-5.
  14. McBride AE, Shih TT, Hirsch LJ. Video-EEG monitoring in the elderly: a review of 94 patients. Epilepsia. 2002 Feb; 43(2):165-9.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.