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Paul A. Garcia


Director of Clinical Epilepsy Services
Seizure doctor, gardener and beekeeper

Dr. Paul Garcia is a nationally recognized neurologist in the treatment of epilepsy and director of Clinical Epilepsy Services at UCSF Medical Center. His expertise covers a wide range of conditions and therapies, with a particular interest in treating epilepsy patients after surgery, advances in diagnosis and treatment of frontal lobe epilepsy and epilepsy in patients with brain tumors. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society and on the board of directors of the Western EEG Society.

Garcia earned an undergraduate degree with high honors at the University of California, Davis in physiology and a medical degree at UCSF, where he also completed residency and subspecialty training in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. He joined the staff of UCSF Medical Center in 1991 and is a professor of neurology. Garcia has served as an ad hoc reviewer for several professional publications, including the Annals of Neurology and the Journal of Neurology, and has published numerous research articles.

  • Education

    UCSF, 1987

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Medicine, 1988

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Neurology, 1991

    UCSF, Epilepsy, 1993

  • Board Certifications

    Epilepsy, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title


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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    101 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 14, 2023
    It was an excellent one. Communication thanks
    Jun 14, 2023
    Thoughtful and caring physician
    Jun 09, 2023
    Dr Garcia has great bed side manner but beyond that he truly cares about his patients and wants to put a plan together to prevent seizures and considers all aspects of even the trickiest situations (in my case). I have seen him for over 10 years and I can't thank him enough for all he has done for me every time I see him
    Jun 07, 2023
    Dr Garcia is the best!
    May 27, 2023
    Dr. Garcia is the best.
    May 24, 2023
    Dr Garcia is excellent doctor! I trust him completely regarding my medical care
    Apr 13, 2023
    I'd recommend to any patient with epilepsy.
    Mar 30, 2023
    We put off discussion of possible changes in medication until after I return from a trip o/s to deal with family issues but also set up possibilities of dealing with any problems if they occur while I am out of the country.
    Feb 11, 2023
    We could not be happier with Paul Garcia on every front. His email communication is stellar!
    Feb 01, 2023
    Would highly recommend Dr. Garcia to anyone in need of a neurologist
    Jan 26, 2023
    Dr Garcia is obviously a very brilliant man yet in the 12 years we've seen him there's always a human side that truly cares about the situation. Thank you
    Jan 14, 2023
    Really great provider.
    Nov 24, 2022
    Dr Garcia is an exceptionally excellent listener and finds a way to bring balance and shared understanding to difficult topics.
    Nov 23, 2022
    I would recommend Dr. Garcia to anyone he is amazing.
    Nov 18, 2022
    Dr . Garcia has been taking care of me for years . He is a wonderful physician. He is one of the reasons I kept my insurance for after my Jan retirement
    Nov 03, 2022
    I highly recommend Dr. Garcia to all without reservation!
    Sep 28, 2022
    Dr Garcia is very friendly patient and knowledgeable. He include parents to my child's treatment plan. He's tried his best to find the available medical resources to meet my child's needs.
    Sep 14, 2022
    Five stars.
    Jul 27, 2022
    Dr. Garcia is an excellent doctor & wish their were more like him
    Jun 08, 2022
    I don't know what I would do without him. He is always there for me when I need him. Over the past several years I could depend on him always to get an answer. It makes me feel very secure even though I am miles and miles away. He allows me to deal with him over the phone.
    May 31, 2022
    Dr Garcia listens and explains things carefully and thoroughly
    May 26, 2022
    Dr Garcia is wonderful he helps explain things answers all my questions is empathetic.
    May 18, 2022
    Epilepsy never has a clear cut answer but Dr Garcia gives everything he has all information that he can.
    Apr 29, 2022
    Honestly Dr. Garcia is one of the best doctor I've ever had. He's so patient and caring. He takes the time to listen and answer any questions I may have.
    Apr 13, 2022
    I only wish all doctors were as good as him
    Mar 16, 2022
    Paul Garcia is one of the most collaborative respectful and thoughtful physicians we have worked with.
    Feb 16, 2022
    Best Neurologist is all of California!!!!!
    Jan 26, 2022
    Dr. Garcia is absolutely amazing. I am very lucky to be his patient. Both Dr. Garcia and his team understand the concerns that I have for my health and have been there to help me and make me feel comfortable.
    Jan 19, 2022
    I can't say enough good things about Dr. Garcia. I've already told many people that if they are in need of a neurologist he is their person.
    Jan 11, 2022
    Dr.Garcia is a wonderful doctor and I am always glad to see him .He is friendly professional and answers all my questions and concerns
    Jan 11, 2022
    Grateful to have Dr. Garcia
    Nov 09, 2021
    He is an excellent doctor. This was my first visit with him and I am very impressed with care he took in explaining me all the question and medical condition related questions.
    Sep 17, 2021
    A long lost patient of his checking in to update him on the last twelve months
    Sep 15, 2021
    Dr. Garcia is a very caring provider I feel very fortunate to have him as apart of my team at UCSF.

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