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Tina T. Shih


Neurologist and epilepsy specialist
Food lover and very slow jogger

Dr. Tina Shih, a neurologist at the UCSF Epilepsy Center, specializes in treating epilepsy in the elderly, managing patients with drug-resistant seizures and caring for patients who have surgery for epilepsy. She also has expertise in psychiatric conditions related to epilepsy.

Shih earned her medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine and completed an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. After a residency in neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, she completed a fellowship in epilepsy at the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Her research interests include the use of antiepileptic drugs in nursing homes as well as racial and ethnic disparities in epilepsy.

  • Education

    Stanford School of Medicine, 1996

  • Residencies

    Columbia University Medical Center, Neurology, 2000

  • Fellowships

    Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Epilepsy, 2002

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Academic Title


  • Languages



I am proud to work at the UCSF Epilepsy Center, with many of the best physicians, nurses and support staff in the country.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    229 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 28, 2023
    Jun 15, 2023
    Dr. Shih has probably been the best doctor in have truly ever had. With Covid making everything so impossible to accomplish like appointments and office visits she has helped me get through the past 2 years by making sure I had all the prescriptions I needed for both of my conditions. She has been a true life saver and friend to me for many years now. Thank you Dr Tina Shih and UCSF for all you have done for me!
    Jun 13, 2023
    Dr. Shih exceeds the available numbers!She is excellent.
    Jun 11, 2023
    The best physician I have
    Jun 08, 2023
    Dr. Shih is always caring about my questions and concerns. She treats my health with a lot of care and makes choice about it with her best intentions.
    Jun 03, 2023
    Dr. Shih is very attentive and patient.
    May 28, 2023
    Dr Shih is the best neurologist I've had since the onset of my disorder in 1998. She takes good notes and answers all my questions with excellent knowledge. Most of the Doctors I've had in 25 years have just given me a medication and sent me on my way with very few answers.
    May 26, 2023
    Again my experience was impacted by me not by the care provider.
    May 21, 2023
    I did not like that a 3rd year medical student in training was allowed to practice evaluating me in my consultation without an MD present. This should have been pre-authorized by me in advance. I should not be charged full fee for this.
    May 03, 2023
    My care provider Dr.Tina Shih has been most excellent! For years I suffered seizures while on depakote. Finally my Potawot care provider gave me a referral to Dr. Shih and she gave me a prescription for lamotrigine. My life started improving in all ways almost immediatley. I feel she saved my life! She has given my family great relief. Dr. Tina is a true medicine woman; Thank you
    Apr 27, 2023
    I am very satisfied with the attention
    Apr 25, 2023
    Dr. Shih is an outstanding professional. This family is grateful that our love one is under her care.
    Apr 20, 2023
    Dr Shih is a wonderful doctor. She has helped me greatly throughout the years.
    Apr 18, 2023
    My care provider has been a great help for the last 12 years I've seen her or talked to her
    Apr 18, 2023
    Excellent consultation. Dr Shih navigated a complex set of decades-long symptoms and came up with a diagnosis. She also provided recommendations for my local physicians which will be quite helpful going forward. I am very thankful for her thoroughness!
    Apr 12, 2023
    My appointments with Dr. Shih are always great. She's a great listener.
    Mar 24, 2023
    She followed yUp with me after prescribing the medication and other test I needed as well as explain my situation. She told me what I needed to do next and to reach out to her if I had any questions or concerns.
    Mar 22, 2023
    The counseling was great.
    Mar 09, 2023
    Dr. Tina Shih is a phenomenal Epileptolgost. She's knowledgeable compassionate and has excellent communication skills specially listens to her patient's concerns.
    Mar 07, 2023
    My appointment with Dr Shih gave me complete confidence in her. I am so glad that she will be my epilepsy doctor. I feel uplifted today!
    Mar 07, 2023
    Dr. Shih is Excellent
    Mar 01, 2023
    I would really like to thank dr shih for everything she has done for me I am grateful she took me on The world needs more people like her she is truly the light at the end of the tunnel
    Feb 23, 2023
    I always feel heard.
    Feb 18, 2023
    Dr. Shih always follows through
    Feb 16, 2023
    Dr. Shih is the first doctor to thoroughly explain my epilepsy using a photo to show the area of the brain affected.
    Feb 10, 2023
    Dr. Tina Shih is a genuinely compassionate kind and knowledgeable provider!!! She is amazing and has the best bedside manner. She is very attentive to my needs and care. She always does her best to care for me at all times regardless of the circumstances.
    Feb 09, 2023
    Excellent experience
    Jan 25, 2023
    Dec 22, 2022
    Dr. Shih was very warm and welcoming in considering the program laid out by my current neurologist. I felt listened to and her answers to questions were fully understandable.
    Dec 21, 2022
    She always listens and is so kind. I have refered several of my friends with Epilepsy to her over the past 10 years!!
    Dec 20, 2022
    Still top notch.
    Dec 12, 2022
    Dr.Shih is one of the best doctors I've ever had. I've always felt fully respected and listened to. She pays great attention so I feel seen and know the specifics of who I am and my life situation are fully taken into account and she fully includes me in figuring out any changes in my treatment plan. I rate her very very good.
    Nov 11, 2022
    Dr Shih saved my life. I would recommend her and UCSF. She is an asset for the school of medicine and should be retained at all costs!
    Nov 04, 2022
    Dr Shih is the best Dr. In the world. The most caring and understanding Dr. That has ever taken care of me. Wish there were more like her.
    Nov 03, 2022
    You only allow very good reviews. She is EXCELLENT in all of them .
    Oct 06, 2022
    My provider was helpful detailed and caring.
    Oct 02, 2022
    Thumbs up
    Sep 17, 2022
    Dr Shih brought original creative thinking to our situation. She helped us identify new avenues to confront our blocks.
    Sep 14, 2022
    I appreciate her compassion
    Sep 13, 2022
    Excellent doctor
    Sep 08, 2022
    There should be more care providers like my doctor Tina shih
    Sep 02, 2022
    Dr. Shih is the BEST! I always feel she has my best interest at heart. I have asked a LOT of questions and have never felt it was an inconvenience to her. I definitely feel cared about this woman is a rock star to us.
    Sep 01, 2022
    Everything has been going pretty good helping me with all my problems
    Aug 31, 2022
    Doctor Shih is the consummate professional we met about paperwork which I know it's a big hassle as I got denied disability after having brain surgery a few months ago and she was patient listen to my concerns and email the letter directly addressing all the medical concerns of the disability company. Very professional solved all my problems listen to me very well and is a very loving thoughtful and professional provider
    Aug 25, 2022
    Dr. Shih is absolutely the greatest. She listens to my concerns and gives me excellent advice and options on my care. She is absolutely fanatic. Wish all my providers where like her.
    Aug 24, 2022
    Dr Shih is very considerate and very easy to communicate
    Aug 02, 2022
    Dr. Tina Shih is just Wonderful even in this first visit.
    Jun 09, 2022
    The only draw back is Dr Shih seems difficult to book with which likely is our of her control. She recommended a 6 week follow up since I'm beginning new medication but the system will only let me book 12 weeks from now at the earliest... This seems like a problem. When I tried to email the system was having a problem and I was unable to send the email.
    May 31, 2022
    I recommend Dr Shih to anyone in need of her speciality even my clients!!! Dr Shih is a delight to speak with well informed
    May 26, 2022
    Listened to all my concerns
    May 25, 2022
    Couldn't ask for better communication.
    May 18, 2022
    I always leave Dr. Shih's office feeling confident and hopeful with the plans we come up with to better control my seizures.
    May 18, 2022
    One of the best Doctors I have ever had.
    May 04, 2022
    Dr. Shih is the absolute best neurologist I've ever seen!!!
    Apr 30, 2022
    I don't know anybody else but if I did I would recommend my provider.
    Apr 27, 2022
    Dr Shih is an awesome Dr. She listens and explains very well. She is a top notch provider of very health care!
    Apr 27, 2022
    Dr. Tina is a wonderful person and I trust her with my life.
    Mar 12, 2022
    The care provider I have ever had.
    Jan 20, 2022
    Good communication
    Jan 14, 2022
    I feel that my provider Dr. Shih is a very good neurologist and as in the case of most doctors they have to practice medicine by viewing patients according to a "bell curve" protocol. Unfortunately not all patients may fall within that "bell curve" and thus may lose out on valuable treatment for his or epilepsy. In my case I have auditory visual sensory absence petite mal generalized tonic clonic nocturnal seizures drop seizures as well as seizures that occur on one side of my body; according to reports from family members would have rapid right hand movement while having a seizure. I would also have nocturnal seizures. I have all these different types of seizures and yet I am barred from having access to Epidolex which is a CBD based epilepsy medication which in my opinion I would be a perfect candidate for. But I was told by my neurologist that she would be unable to prescribe that medication for me. Maybe it's because I don't fall within that "bell curve." But it is my option that there are always exceptions to the rules. No one knows if I have Dravet syndrome or for that matter Lennox Gastaut syndrome. My family is a family with many members who suffer with severe forms of epilepsy from birth some with cognitive impairment from childhood (unable to go to school) therefore some severe some mild. Some without. These are my reasons for stating that not everyone falls within that "bell curve."
    Dec 29, 2021
    Dr. Shih is an excellent doctor who cares about her patients.
    Dec 23, 2021
    Very personalable
    Nov 10, 2021
    All my questions were answered.
    Oct 28, 2021
    I have always felt comfortable voicing any concerns I may have be it big or small with trust that Dr. Shih will always give me the best educated answer and explanation which has helped put me at ease as I've gone through certain medical struggles.
    Oct 20, 2021
    Very Understanding.. Great
    Sep 18, 2021
    Top notch all around.