Michael Wilson, MD, MAS


Dr. Michael Wilson is a neurologist who specializes in a variety of infectious and autoimmune syndromes of the central nervous system. These include meningitis, encephalitis and myelitis, demyelinating conditions like multiple sclerosis, and neurologic complications of microbes, including neurocysticercosis, fungi, bacteria, HIV-1 and other viruses such as West Nile virus and JC virus.

Wilson's research involves using genomic technologies to enhance the understanding of the development of multiple sclerosis, and to identify novel and unusual causes of autoimmune and infectious meningoencephalitis.

Wilson obtained his medical degree from UCSF. He then completed an internship in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a neurology residency at MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He then pursued a clinical and research fellowship in neuro-infectious diseases at MGH and Boston University's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories before completing a postdoctoral fellowship in metagenomics in the UCSF Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He earned a master's degree in clinical research methods at UCSF.

Wilson belongs to the American Neurological Association, American Academy of Neurology, International Society for NeuroVirology and International Encephalitis Consortium. In 2016, he was awarded the Debbie and Andy Rachleff Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at UCSF, where he is an assistant professor of neurology.


Multiple Sclerosis Center
1500 Owens St., Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2069
Fax: (415) 353-2633

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

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

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University of California San Francisco School of Medicine 2007


Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Neurology 2011


Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University, Neuro-Infectious Diseases 2013

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Chow FC, Wilson MR, Wu K, Ellis RJ, Bosch RJ, Linas BP. Stroke incidence is highest in women and non-Hispanic blacks living with HIV in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group Longitudinal Linked Randomized Trials cohort. AIDS. 2018 Jun 01; 32(9):1125-1135.
  2. Wilson MR, O'Donovan BD, Gelfand JM, Sample HA, Chow FC, Betjemann JP, Shah MP, Richie MB, Gorman MP, Hajj-Ali RA, Calabrese LH, Zorn KC, Chow ED, Greenlee JE, Blum JH, Green G, Khan LM, Banerji D, Langelier C, Bryson-Cahn C, Harrington W, Lingappa JR, Shanbhag NM, Green AJ, Brew BJ, Soldatos A, Strnad L, Doernberg SB, Jay CA, Douglas V, Josephson SA, DeRisi JL. Chronic Meningitis Investigated via Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing. JAMA Neurol. 2018 Apr 16.
  3. Langelier C, Zinter MS, Kalantar K, Yanik GA, Christenson S, O'Donovan B, White C, Wilson M, Sapru A, Dvorak CC, Miller S, Chiu CY, DeRisi JL. Metagenomic Sequencing Detects Respiratory Pathogens in Hematopoietic Cellular Transplant Patients. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Feb 15; 197(4):524-528.

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