Joseph E. Sullivan


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

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.

  • Education

    Albany School of Medicine, 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.

Clinics I work with (1)


Epilepsy Program

Epilepsy Program

San Francisco / Oakland / Greenbrae

Where I see patients (1)

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