Vikram Rao


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

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.

Clinics I work with

Epilepsy Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

My reviews


Overall Experience
68 Reviews
Dr. Rao is exceptionally good at what he does. He is one of THE BEST communicators we have ever dealt with in the medical field. He is an excellent listener and demonstrates through both words and actions that he truly cares. We are beyond grateful to be referred to him.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
68 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
68 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
66 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
68 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
67 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
68 Reviews

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