Center for Encephalitis & Meningitis
The UCSF Center for Encephalitis and Meningitis provides comprehensive services to diagnose, treat and restore the health of patients with neuroinflammatory disorders. We have expertise in caring for the various forms of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), including those caused by a viral or bacterial infection or an autoimmune response. We also treat meningitis and pachymeningitis, which involve inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, as well as paraneoplastic neurological disorders, a group of nervous system conditions that result from the immune system's response to a tumor.
We offer state-of-the-art testing techniques, including genomic sequencing of cerebrospinal fluid, that can help us pinpoint the causes of these conditions and determine how best to treat them.
Our highly experienced team of neurologists and infectious disease specialists also conducts research to better understand what triggers encephalitis and meningitis and to develop new approaches to diagnosis and treatment. This work, led by our research laboratory, involves a close partnership with the UCSF Center for Next-Gen Precision Diagnostics.
MD, MASNeuro-infectious disease specialist
Jeffrey M. Gelfand
Michael D. Geschwind
Ari J. Green
Samuel J. Pleasure
Alice K. Rutatangwa
DO, MScPediatric neurologist
Emmanuelle L. Waubant
Michael R. Wilson
Awards & recognition
Among the top hospitals in the nation
Best in California and No. 2 in the nation for neurology & neurosurgery
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your condition
- List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
Our research initiatives
Center for Encephalitis and Meningitis
UCSF unites groundbreaking scientific discovery with expert clinical care to improve the diagnosis, treatment and biological understanding of challenging neurological conditions.
UCSF Center for Next-Gen Precision Diagnosis
The UCSF Center for Next-Gen Precision Diagnosis pioneers the development of new technologies for diagnosing unexplained illnesses.