Michael R. Wilson


Neuroinflammatory disease physician-scientist and proud dad

Dr. Michael Wilson is a neurologist who specializes in infectious and autoimmune syndromes of the central nervous system. These include inflammatory conditions, such as meningitis, encephalitis and myelitis, and demyelinating conditions, such as multiple sclerosis. His expertise also encompasses complications of infection with microbes, including parasites, such as neurocysticercosis; fungi; bacteria; and viruses, such as HIV-1, West Nile virus and JC virus.

Wilson's research involves using genomic technologies to enhance understanding of the development of multiple sclerosis, and to identify novel causes of autoimmune and infectious meningoencephalitis.

Wilson obtained his medical degree from UCSF. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a neurology residency at MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He then pursued a clinical and research fellowship in neuro-infectious diseases at MGH and Boston University's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in metagenomics in the UCSF Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He also earned a master's degree in clinical research methods at UCSF.

Wilson belongs to the American Neurological Association, American Academy of Neurology, International Society for NeuroVirology and International Encephalitis Consortium. In 2016, he was named the Debbie and Andy Rachleff Distinguished Professor of Neurology at UCSF.

  • Education

    University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 2007

  • Residencies

    Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Neurology, 2011

  • Fellowships

    Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University, Neuro-Infectious Diseases, 2013

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

My fascination with the medical mysteries of the nervous system fuels my determination to help patients navigate life-changing inflammatory conditions.

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Neuro-Immunology & Multiple Sclerosis Program

Neuro-Immunology & Multiple Sclerosis Program

San Francisco / Oakland

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