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Masud Seyal, Ph.D. View profile as PDF

Masud  Seyal

Clinical Interests

Dr. Seyal is Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology laboratory and the UC Davis Medical Center Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. This Center has received the highest designation (Level 4) by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Dr. Seyal specializes in the management of patients with epilepsy. His current research is focused on respiratory and cardiac disturbances during epileptic seizures. These disturbances may underlie sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), a common cause of mortality in patients with epilepsy. This work has resulted in several publications in premier neurology journals including Brain and Epilepsia. Dr. Seyal is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology and provides editorial review for several other neurology journals.


Director of the EEG Lab





UC Davis Medical Group, Sacramento - Midtown


UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center
Midtown Neurology Clinic
3160 Folsom Blvd, Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Phone: 916-734-3588

Additional Phone:

Clinic Phone: 916-734-3588
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


Ph.D., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1976
M.B., B.S., University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, 1970


Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, New Jersey, 1971-72


University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas, 1976-79


College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, New York, 1980-82
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1979-1980
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1992

Board Certifications:

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1983
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, 2001
American Board of Qualification in Electroencephalography, 1992
American Board of Sleep Medicine, 1994

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Neurology
American EEG Society
American Epilepsy Society
American Sleep Disorders Association
The American Neurological Association

Select Recent Publications:

Seminario N.A, Farias T.S., Jorgensen L, Bourgeois lA, Seyal. M. Prevalence of Depression in an Epilepsy Clinic Using a Brief DSM-IV Based Self Report Questionnaire. Epilepsy and Behavior. Epilepsy Behav. 2009 15(3):362-6

Bateman LM, Li C-S and Seyal, M. Ictal hypoxemia in localization-related epilepsy: Analysis of incidence, severity and risk factors. Brain, 131. 2008: 3239-3245

Kile SJ, Kim J. and Seyal, M. Complex partial status epilepticus in a patient with Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis associated with lung carcinoma. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 38 (2007): 172-174

Hardin, K, Seyal, M., Stewart, T., and Bonekat H. Sleep in critically-lll chemically paralyzed patients on mechanical ventilation. Chest 129(6) 2006: 1468-1477

Farias, S. Harrington, G., Broomand, C., and Seyal. M. Differences in fMRI activation patterns associated with confrontation naming and responsive naming. AJNR 26 (2005):2492-2499

Seyal, M., Shatzel A, and Pirio Richardson S. Crossed inhibition of sensory cortex by 0.3 Hz transcranial magnetic stimulation of motor cortex. J. Clin. Neurophysiology 22 (2005): 418-421

To see if Masud Seyal is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).