Nilika Singhal, MD

Neurologist and epilepsy specialist

Dr. Nilika Shah Singhal enjoys taking care of patients, teaching and is invested in clinical research. Her research interests have centered on understanding epidemiology of a variety of diseases in pediatric neurology. She is double board-certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology, as well as in epilepsy.

Singhal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. She received her BA in philosophy from Texas A&M University. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She then pursued a residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), followed by a child neurology fellowship at UCSF, serving as chief resident in the final year. She completed a one-year fellowship in pediatric epilepsy at UCSF, and became a faculty member in the Department of Neurology in 2013.

When she is not at work, Singhal enjoys hiking in the Bay Area, yoga and traveling.


Pediatric Epilepsy Center of Excellence
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2437
Fax: (415) 353-2400

Conditions & Treatments

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Medicine 2007


UCSF Medical Center, 2012


UCSF Medical Center, 2013

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Smith L, Singhal N, El Achkar CM, Truglio G, Rosen Sheidley B, Sullivan J, Poduri A. PCDH19-related epilepsy is associated with a broad neurodevelopmental spectrum. Epilepsia. 2018 Mar; 59(3):679-689.
  2. Muhlhofer W, Paul B, Lin G, Singhal N. Clinical Reasoning: Seizures from the neglected lobe. Neurology. 2016 Mar 08; 86(10):e97-e100.
  3. Devinsky O, Marsh E, Friedman D, Thiele E, Laux L, Sullivan J, Miller I, Flamini R, Wilfong A, Filloux F, Wong M, Tilton N, Bruno P, Bluvstein J, Hedlund J, Kamens R, Maclean J, Nangia S, Singhal NS, Wilson CA, Patel A, Cilio MR. Cannabidiol in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy: an open-label interventional trial. Lancet Neurol. 2016 Mar; 15(3):270-8.
  4. Singhal NS, Sullivan JE. Continuous Spike-Wave during Slow Wave Sleep and Related Conditions. ISRN Neurol. 2014; 2014:619079.
  5. Wu YW, Hess CP, Singhal NS, Groden C, Toro C. Idiopathic basal ganglia calcifications: an atypical presentation of PKAN. Pediatr Neurol. 2013 Nov; 49(5):351-4.
  6. Singhal NS, Hills NK, Sidney S, Fullerton HJ. Role of trauma and infection in childhood hemorrhagic stroke due to vascular lesions. Neurology. 2013 Aug 06; 81(6):581-4.

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