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Associate Professor of Neurology Director, Electroencephalography (EEG) Laboratory

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James Tao, MD, PhD

James Tao, MD, PhD, specializes in the diagnosis and management of seizure disorders and epilepsy syndromes. Dr. Tao is interested in the use of surgery and vagal nerve stimulation for treating patients with medically resistant epilepsy. As director of the Electroencephalography (EEG) Laboratory at the University of Chicago, he oversees EEG studies that diagnose epileptic seizure and localize it in the patient’s brain to help guide surgical resection.

His clinical research focuses on the use of electrophysiology and different types of neuroimaging, including 3-dimensional computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) to guide epilepsy surgery. In addition, Dr. Tao is 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.


Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Wannan Medical College


  • University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago


  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • 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
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan 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