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Vikram Rao


Neurologist and epilepsy specialist
King of dad jokes, wannabe chef and classic rock lover

Dr. Vikram Rao is a neurologist who specializes in treating patients with epilepsy. He takes a holistic approach to helping patients deal with the challenges of their seizures and works at multiple levels to improve their quality of life. He has a particular interest in utilizing medications, surgery and implanted neurostimulation devices to care for patients with complex epilepsy.

Rao's research involves using direct brain electrical recordings and implanted devices – such as the NeuroPace RNS System for responsive neurostimulation – to better understand how abnormal patterns of brain electrical activity give rise to seizures. He also uses these tools to explore the cognitive dysfunction and mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression, that are common in epilepsy patients.

Rao earned his medical degree from UCSF, completed his residency at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's hospitals, and returned to UCSF for a fellowship in neurology. He served as chief resident in neurology in 2011 and received the Senior Resident Teacher of the Year award in 2012.

Rao is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, American Academy of Neurology and San Francisco Medical Society.

  • Education

    UCSF School of Medicine, 2008

  • Residencies

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2012

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, 2013

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Epilepsy is more than just seizures, and I believe listening to patients is as important as medications and other treatments, if not more so.

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    "All the things that make us uniquely human are part of what the brain does."