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Joseph Sullivan, M.D.

Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center

Dr. Joseph Sullivan, a pediatric neurologist, is the director of the UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center, where he specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with epilepsy, in particular the treatment of refractory epilepsy that does not respond to medications. He also has a specialized Dravet/PCDH19 clinic, where he follows a large cohort of children with these types of genetic epilepsy.

Sullivan is a member of the Pediatric Epilepsy Consortium, which brings together pediatric epilepsy centers across the United States to collaborate on various studies in pediatric epilepsy. Sullivan has been involved in research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify areas in the brain that control language in children with epilepsy.

Prior to joining UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in 2007, Sullivan completed residencies in pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital at Northwestern University where he spent an additional year as chief resident. He then completed his child neurology, clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy training at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Clinics

Epilepsy Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Suite A-889
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2437

Conditions & Treatments

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Education

Albany School of Medicine 1998

Residencies

Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Pediatrics 2002
University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Child Neurology 2005

Fellowships

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy 2007

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Numis AL, Angriman M, Sullivan JE, Lewis AJ, Striano P, Nabbout R, Cilio MR. KCNQ2 encephalopathy: Delineation of the electroclinical phenotype and treatment response. Neurology. 2014 Jan 28; 82(4):368-70.
  2. Englot DJ, Rutkowski MJ, Ivan ME, Sun PP, Kuperman RA, Chang EF, Gupta N, Sullivan JE, Auguste KI. Effects of temporal lobectomy on consciousness-impairing and consciousness-sparing seizures in children. Childs Nerv Syst. 2013 Oct; 29(10):1915-22.
  3. Tsuchida TN, Wusthoff CJ, Shellhaas RA, Abend NS, Hahn CD, Sullivan JE, Nguyen S, Weinstein S, Scher MS, Riviello JJ, Clancy RR. American clinical neurophysiology society standardized EEG terminology and categorization for the description of continuous EEG monitoring in neonates: report of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society critical care monitoring committee. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2013 Apr; 30(2):161-73.
  4. Ortiz-González XR, Poduri A, Roberts CM, Sullivan JE, Marsh ED, Porter BE. Focal cortical dysplasia is more common in boys than in girls. Epilepsy Behav. 2013 Apr; 27(1):121-3.
  5. Glass HC, Hong KJ, Rogers EE, Jeremy RJ, Bonifacio SL, Sullivan JE, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM. Risk factors for epilepsy in children with neonatal encephalopathy. Pediatr Res. 2011 Nov; 70(5):535-40.
  6. Glass HC, Nash KB, Bonifacio SL, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Sullivan JE, Cilio MR. Seizures and magnetic resonance imaging-detected brain injury in newborns cooled for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. J Pediatr. 2011 Nov; 159(5):731-735.e1.
  7. Chang EF, Wang DD, Barkovich AJ, Tihan T, Auguste KI, Sullivan JE, Garcia PA, Barbaro NM. Predictors of seizure freedom after surgery for malformations of cortical development. Ann Neurol. 2011 Jul; 70(1):151-62.
  8. Nash KB, Bonifacio SL, Glass HC, Sullivan JE, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Cilio MR. Video-EEG monitoring in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy treated with hypothermia. Neurology. 2011 Feb 8; 76(6):556-62.
  9. Chang EF, Christie C, Sullivan JE, Garcia PA, Tihan T, Gupta N, Berger MS, Barbaro NM. Seizure control outcomes after resection of dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor in 50 patients. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2010 Jan; 5(1):123-30.
  10. Glass HC, Sullivan JE. Neonatal seizures. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2009 Nov; 11(6):405-13.
  11. Maccotta L, Sullivan JE. Epilepsy: Should valproate be avoided during childbearing years? Nat Rev Neurol. 2009 Aug; 5(8):414-5.
  12. Sullivan JE, Corcoran-Donnelly M, Dlugos DJ. Challenges in pediatric video-EEG monitoring. Am J Electroneurodiagnostic Technol. 2007 Jun; 47(2):127-39.
  13. Sullivan JE, Detre JA. Functional magnetic resonance imaging in the treatment of epilepsy. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2005 Jul; 5(4):299-306.
  14. Sullivan JE, Dlugos DJ. Antiepileptic drug monotherapy: pediatric concerns. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2005 Jun; 12(2):88-96.
  15. Sullivan JE. Would anyone start acyclovir? Pediatr Ann. 2002 Nov; 31(11):747-8.

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