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Susannah Cornes


Neurologist and epilepsy specialist

Dr. Susannah Cornes is a neurologist who specializes in caring for people with epilepsy. Whether shepherding her patients through epilepsy surgery, programming their neurostimulation devices, or providing specialized monitoring during pregnancy, she strives to advocate for and support them in reaching their goals.

In research, Cornes has studied the surgical treatment of epilepsy related to congenital and acquired brain abnormalities (that is, those present at birth and those that develop later). She has also investigated the impact of stress reduction as an add-on therapy for seizures.

Cornes earned her medical degree and completed a residency in neurology, serving as chief resident, at UCSF. When completing her epilepsy fellowship at UCSF, she was honored with an award for her teaching. She is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, American Academy of Neurology and Directors of Clinical Skills Education (a consortium of medical educators), as well as an active participant in the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California.

Cornes is passionate about training the next generation of health care providers and is a member of the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. From 2017 to 2022, she served as the Rowe Endowed Chair for Teaching in Neurology and, from 2019 to 2021, as curriculum director and governance chair for the first phase of the UCSF Bridges Curriculum. She co-directs the UCSF School of Medicine's foundational doctoring course.

  • Education

    UCSF, MD, 2003

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Neurology, 2007

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Epilepsy, 2010

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Improving the lives of people with epilepsy means listening to patients and appreciating how seizures impact quality of life on an individual level.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    120 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 02, 2023
    She was the best Doctor I've had in the area of Neurology
    Oct 25, 2023
    I love Dr Susannah Cornes I just forgot to ask about future plans for sleep treatments
    Oct 14, 2023
    Very nice to get help when I need it
    Sep 30, 2023
    Dr. Cornes is wonderful!
    Sep 22, 2023
    Good experience
    Jul 25, 2023
    Dr. Cornes!!! Best neurologist in our 29 year history of having to see neurologists!
    Jun 15, 2023
    Very good
    Jun 08, 2023
    Dr Cornes is my favorite Dr ive ever had.
    May 31, 2023
    Dr always takes her time to listen and is good about providing various options not pushing any in particular. She saw me getting ready to leave after the EEG and checked in with me!
    May 18, 2023
    The team at UCSF has saved me many times and now has given me a opportunity to succeed in my life
    May 13, 2023
    Dr Cornes is always very thoural an understanding
    May 11, 2023
    Our doctor is a very kind person and listen to all things we had concerns about
    May 03, 2023
    Very very very good
    Apr 25, 2023
    Dr Cornes in Neuroligy is an amazing asset to.ypur team She is super helpfull and very professional and polite. I am glad to have her as my Neuro. I would highly recomend her to anyone. I give her a 5 out of 5 review.
    Apr 20, 2023
    My son is disabled but Dr Cornes always speaks directly to him and treats him like the adult that he is. Much appreciated.
    Apr 19, 2023
    She's the best neurologist I've had in two decades!
    Mar 22, 2023
    I have told all my close friends about this process and they all will recommend UCSF
    Mar 15, 2023
    Dr. Cornes is a standout. She spent over an hour with us and our son. She was so personable knowledgable and communicative. I can hardly believe this experience. This is truly the highest standard of medical attention and competence I can imagine
    Mar 08, 2023
    Dr cornes is an awesome doctor !!!! Best neurologist I have ever gone to.
    Mar 04, 2023
    Feb 07, 2023
    Dr Cornes listens well shows concern and is willing to discuss various care options.
    Jan 27, 2023
    Dr. Susannah Cornes is the best! We have 28 years experience with neurologists in two states and by far Dr. Cornes is the best! We are a team and she is so respectful compassionate and knowledgeable.
    Dec 17, 2022
    It was a little hard to understand the conversation based on the explanation I was given about a possibility for a treatment for a problem I've been having.
    Dec 15, 2022
    I will put my life in her hands when it comes to health care
    Dec 14, 2022
    Excellent caring doctor
    Nov 29, 2022
    Dr. Cornes Is the best neurologist we've experienced in 28 years!
    Oct 28, 2022
    Very good
    Oct 03, 2022
    Dr. Cornes listens very well shows a great deal of concern and is good at considering the various options for treatment. She does not push any one in particular.
    Aug 31, 2022
    I heard so much about you not to mention late Robin Williams was treated by USCF and now me. Again blessed for your service's.
    Jul 24, 2022
    I'm in a better condition due to her choice of helping others thank you
    May 19, 2022
    She was awesome
    Apr 26, 2022
    I liked that she responded to the serious issue I've been having lately in an understanding way.
    Mar 03, 2022
    I'm very pleased with Dr.Cornes
    Mar 01, 2022
    My doctor did everything by herself .she works very hard.