S. Andrew Josephson, MD

Chair, Department of Neurology

Dr. S. Andrew Josephson is a neurologist who specializes in neurovascular and other neurologic disorders, caring for general neurology and stroke patients in the hospital as well as in the clinic. He is the founder of the UCSF Neurohospitalist Program and specializes in difficult-to-diagnose inpatient neurologic conditions. He serves as chair of the UCSF Department of Neurology and is the Carmen Castro Franceschi and Gladyne K. Mitchell Neurohospitalist Distinguished Professor of Neurology.

After graduating from Stanford University, Josephson earned his medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at UCSF, where he was chief resident. He also completed fellowships in vascular neurology (stroke) and behavioral neurology at UCSF.


Neurovascular Disease and Stroke Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-8897
Fax: (415) 353-8705

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Vascular Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Academic Title

Professor and Chair

More about S. Andrew Josephson


Washington University School of Medicine 2001


UCSF, Neurology 2004


UCSF, Behavioral Neurology 2005
UCSF, Vascular Neurology 2005

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Baud MO, Vitt JR, Robbins NM, Wabl R, Wilson MR, Chow FC, Gelfand JM, Josephson SA, Miller S. Pleocytosis is not fully responsible for low CSF glucose in meningitis. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2018 Jan; 5(1):e425.
  2. Richie M, Josephson SA. Quantifying Heuristic Bias: Anchoring, Availability, and Representativeness. Teach Learn Med. 2017 Jul 28; 1-9.
  3. Hargrave A, Bastiaens J, Bourgeois JA, Neuhaus J, Josephson SA, Chinn J, Lee M, Leung J, Douglas V. Validation of a Nurse-Based Delirium-Screening Tool for Hospitalized Patients. Psychosomatics. 2017 Jul 24.
  4. Josephson SA, Ferro J, Cohen A, Webb A, Lee E, Vespa PM. Quality improvement in neurology: Inpatient and emergency care quality measure set: Executive summary. Neurology. 2017 Jul 21.
  5. Vespa PM, Ferro J, Josephson SA. Inpatient quality metrics in neurology: A grand challenge. Neurology. 2017 Jul 21.
  6. Guterman EL, Kim AS, Josephson SA. Neurologic consultation and use of therapeutic hypothermia for cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2017 Sep; 118:43-48.
  7. Brown EG, Josephson SA, Anderson N, Reid M, Lee M, Douglas VC. Predicting inpatient delirium: The AWOL delirium risk-stratification score in clinical practice. Geriatr Nurs. 2017 May 19.
  8. Cowdell JC, Burton MC, Harris D, Holmes-Maybank K, Harte BJ, Josephson SA. Rendered Speechless. J Hosp Med. 2017 05; 12(5):352-355.
  9. Josephson SA. A Year in Review. JAMA Neurol. 2017 Apr 01; 74(4):383.
  10. Vitt JR, Brown EG, Chow DS, Josephson SA. Confirmed case of levamisole-associated multifocal inflammatory leukoencephalopathy in a cocaine user. J Neuroimmunol. 2017 Apr 15; 305:128-130.
  11. Josephson SA. Looking Toward the Future With You. JAMA Neurol. 2017 Feb 01; 74(2):1-2.
  12. Whitman IR, Gladstone RA, Badhwar N, Hsia HH, Lee BK, Josephson SA, Meisel KM, Dillon WP, Hess CP, Gerstenfeld EP, Marcus GM. Brain Emboli After Left Ventricular Endocardial Ablation. Circulation. 2017 Feb 28; 135(9):867-877.
  13. Mathai SK, Josephson SA, Badlam J, Saint S, Janssen WJ. Scratching Below the Surface. N Engl J Med. 2016 12 01; 375(22):2188-2193.
  14. Le ST, Josephson SA, Puttgen HA, Gibson L, Guterman EL, Leicester HM, Graf CL, Probasco JC. Many Neurology Readmissions Are Nonpreventable. Neurohospitalist. 2017 Apr; 7(2):61-69.
  15. Gold CA, Josephson SA. Anticipating the Challenges of Zika Virus and the Incidence of Guillain-Barré Syndrome. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Aug 01; 73(8):905-6.
  16. Stewart EP, Baudendistel TE, Josephson SA. Unnerving. J Hosp Med. 2016 Nov; 11(11):805-808.
  17. Shah NH, Do LV, Petrovich J, Crozier K, Azran C, Josephson SA. Reducing Cost and Intravenous Duration of Nicardipine in Intracerebral Hemorrhage Patients via an Interdisciplinary Approach. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2016 Sep; 25(9):2290-4.
  18. Feldman WB, Kim AS, Josephson SA, Lowenstein DH, Chiong W. Effect of waivers of consent on recruitment in acute stroke trials: A systematic review. Neurology. 2016 Apr 19; 86(16):1543-51.
  19. Kottapally M, Josephson SA. Common neurologic emergencies for nonneurologists: When minutes count. Cleve Clin J Med. 2016 Feb; 83(2):116-26.
  20. Guterman EL, Douglas VC, Shah MP, Parsons T, Barba J, Josephson SA. National characteristics and predictors of neurologic 30-day readmissions. Neurology. 2016 Feb 16; 86(7):669-75.

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