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Joseph E. Sullivan


Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Center
Pediatric neurologist
Lover of backpacking, skiing and family dinners

Dr. Joseph Sullivan, a pediatric neurologist, serves as director of the UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center, where he specializes in evaluating and caring for children with epilepsy, particularly refractory epilepsy (in which medications fail to control seizures). He has special interests in Dravet syndrome and PCDH19-related epilepsy (two genetic forms of the condition) as well as in evaluating children for epilepsy surgery.

Sullivan earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College. He completed a residency in pediatrics and served an additional year as chief resident at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, part of Northwestern Medicine. At Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, he completed a residency in child neurology and a fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. He joined the UCSF faculty in 2007.

Sullivan is a member of the American Epilepsy Society and serves on boards for several organizations. His roles include chair of the PCDH19 Alliance's scientific advisory board, member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California's board of directors, and member of the Dravet Syndrome Foundation's medical advisory board and board of directors.

  • Education

    Albany Medical College, MD, 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

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology - Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    Epilepsy, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title


The heartbreaking toll seizures take on children and families drives me to provide innovative treatments and support for the entire family.

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