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Associate Professor of Neurology Co-Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Director, Electroencephalography (EEG) Laboratory

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James Tao, MD, PhD

James Tao, MD, PhD specializes in the diagnosis and management of seizures and epilepsy. He is the director of adult epilepsy center and the clinical neurophysiology Laboratory at the University of Chicago. Dr. Tao is highly skilled in the use of surgery and neurostimulation devices for treating patients with medically resistant epilepsy, with a particular interest in the minimally invasive surgery such as laser surgery.

His clinical research focuses on the use of electrophysiology and different types of neuroimaging to localize the seizure focus and guide epilepsy surgery. Dr. Tao is also interested in the mechanism and prevention of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), which is the leading cause of mortality in patients with chronic uncontrolled epilepsy. Dr. Tao is well-published in peer-reviewed journals, such as JAMA, Neurology, Epilepsia, Neuron, Neurosurgery, J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, Seizure, and Epilepsy & Behavior.

Dr. Tao is also involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows. He is the director of clinical neurophysiology fellowship program. Dr. Tao has given many lectures during didactic teaching and grand rounds, as well as an invited lecturer nationally and internationally.

Specialties

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Wannan Medical College

Internship

  • University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago

Residency

  • University of Chicago Medicine

Fellowship

  • University of Chicago Medicine

Other Grad Education

  • PhD, University of Cincinnati

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI)
  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2002

Board Certifications

  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Psychiatry and Neurology

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese