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Paul A. Garcia


Director, 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


"The brain is what makes a person that person."

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    107 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 24, 2023
    It's hard to speak highly enough of Dr. Garcia. Great doctor great human being.
    Nov 18, 2023
    Dr Garcia is an excellent doctor. Talking to him reduces stress related to disease. Very kind and good doctor.
    Oct 09, 2023
    My care provider is the best. Shame his front office staff has become so judge mental rude uncaring and unkind.
    Sep 28, 2023
    Dr Garcia is exceptional
    Sep 06, 2023
    I have been with Dr.Garcia for many years and there's a reason for that: he is an extremely knowledgeable caring physician who listens and really understands the patient's perspective. Not only is he a good physician but he also has the right skills to include the patient in decision making. He is a 6 out of 5!!!
    Aug 22, 2023
    Dr is very easy to talk to I feel very comfortable discussing our situation he listens and is very helpful
    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!!!!!
    We are honored by our patients' trust in us – we won't give up on anyone.

    Selected research

    My work

    "Rebooting" the brain of a patient with epilepsy

    Kimberly began having debilitating seizures and anxiety while overseas. Care from Dr. Garcia and colleagues finally brought her condition under control.