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Michael R. Wilson


Neuroinflammatory disease physician-scientist and proud dad

Dr. Michael Wilson is a neurologist who specializes in infectious and autoimmune syndromes of the central nervous system. These include inflammatory conditions, such as meningitis, encephalitis and myelitis, and demyelinating conditions, such as multiple sclerosis. His expertise also encompasses complications of infection with microbes, including parasites, such as neurocysticercosis; fungi; bacteria; and viruses, such as HIV-1, West Nile virus and JC virus.

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

Wilson obtained his medical degree from UCSF. He 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. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in metagenomics in the UCSF Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He also earned a master's degree in clinical research methods at UCSF.

Wilson is a fellow of the American Neurological Association and American Academy of Neurology. He directs the UCSF Center for Encephalitis and Meningitis and is the Debbie and Andy Rachleff Distinguished Professor of Neurology.

  • Education

    University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 2007

  • Residencies

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

  • Fellowships

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

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title


My fascination with the medical mysteries of the nervous system fuels my determination to help patients navigate life-changing inflammatory conditions.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    41 Ratings
    About our process
    Aug 31, 2023
    Dr Wilson is caring kind knowledgeable.
    Aug 03, 2023
    He inspires confidence
    Jun 14, 2023
    Mar 31, 2023
    Dr. Wilson is an excellent listener. Autoimmune encephalitis is a mysterious and uncertain disease which makes it more frustrating to understand and treat
    Nov 04, 2022
    Dr.Michael Wilson is consistently genuine attentive respectful engaging and delightful
    Aug 10, 2022
    Excellent experience
    Feb 12, 2022
    Dr. Wilson and I also have communicated via portal messages. He's very responsive. We're relieved and inspired to be in his care for my autoimmune limbic encephalitis affliction - apparently considered a rare affliction with treatment histories and outcomes data still accumulating known cases differing and risks of relapse still being evaluated. Again he's clear and frank about this - but inspires acceptance calm inquisitiveness and patient participation.