Epilepsy Center

Pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons at the UCSF Epilepsy Center specialize in the treatment of infants, children and adolescents. Our comprehensive services have earned us a level four rating — the highest level — from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

Our patients receive hospital and clinic care in a supportive environment designed for children. We offer the latest diagnostic tests for epilepsy, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) as well as electrical studies to record and examine brain waves.

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Our patients have access to the most advanced therapies, including medication, brain surgery, vagus nerve stimulation and experimental treatments.

Children with epilepsy who don't respond to medication may benefit from new surgical techniques available at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Hear a Patient Power interivew with Dr. Joseph Sullivan, director of the UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center, on the latest treatments to control seizures.

About the Pediatric Brain Center

The Epilepsy Center is part of the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center, which brings together doctors from all disciplines related to brain health in children. We are passionate about collaborating with each other, our patients and their families to provide the best possible care for each child.

Our experts are world-class pediatric specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neurocritical care, neurogenetics, neuro-oncology, rehabilitation, neuroradiology, neuropsychology and psychiatry. By working as a team we are able to reach the right diagnosis and treatment quickly, getting our patients on the road to recovery and bringing peace of mind to parents.

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Getting Here

Epilepsy Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Suite A-889
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2437
Fax: (415) 353-3573

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes


Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus
  • For more information about Muni visit, www.sfmuni.com.

    * Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Clinic Team

Kurtis Auguste
Dr. Kurtis Auguste,
pediatric neurosurgeon
Mitchel Berger
Dr. Mitchel Berger,
Maria Roberta Cilio
Dr. Maria Roberta Cilio,
pediatric neurologist
Desiree Dieste
Desiree Dieste,
social worker
Nalin Gupta
Dr. Nalin Gupta,
pediatric neurosurgeon
Rowena Mah
Rowena Mah,
nurse coordinator
Kendall Nash
Dr. Kendall Nash,
pediatric neurologist
Brianna Paul
Brianna Paul,
Sara Rzasa
Sara Rzasa,
nurse coordinator
Elliott Sherr
Dr. Elliott Sherr,
pediatric neurologist
Nilika Singhal
Dr. Nilika Singhal,
Joseph Sullivan
Dr. Joseph Sullivan,
pediatric neurologist
Nicole Tilton
Dr. Nicole Tilton,
nurse practitioner