Ajay Sampat, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Ajay Sampat, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

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Sleep Medicine



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

Midtown Neurology Clinic
3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Phone: 916-734-3588

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

My philosophy of care is to provide my patients with the most accurate and up-to-date information to allow them to be most informed and educated when making medical decisions.

I view medicine as a team effort, and one in which I will work together with my patients to prioritize their interests and lifestyle when making individualized decisions that suit them and their families. 

Clinical Interests

Dr. Sampat is a neurologist and sleep medicine specialist, offering care for adults and children with  sleep-related breathing and neurologic disorders.

He has a special clinical interest and expertise in conditions that interface between neurology and sleep medicine, such as restless leg syndrome (RLS), narcolepsy, and REM behavior disorder (RBD). 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Sampat's research focuses on quality improvement and improving access and delivery of sleep medicine services. His academic interests revolve around teaching and mentorship, specifically in undergraduate medical education. 


Sleep Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Neuroscience
UC Davis Medical Group

Undergraduate School

B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, 2007

Medical School

M.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 2012


Neurology, Northwestern University, Chicago, 2014-2017


Anesthesiology, University of Michigan, 2012-2014


Sleep Medicine, UCLA, 2017-2018

American Academy of Neurology Resident and Fellow Scholarships, 2017

Elected Member, Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators, 2016

Chief Resident, Department of Neurology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2016

Resident Teacher of the Year, Department of Neurology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2015

Department of Anesthesia Departmental Award for Top Graduating Student, 2012

University of Chicago Calvin Fentress Fellowship for Research, 2011

University of Chicago Jane Morton and Henry C. Murphy Award for Student Leadership, 2010

American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Research and Travel Scholarships, 2009

Keith Edson Fellowship for International Health Study in China, 2009

Sampat A, Moore L. Perioperative visual loss: one of the most feared and devastating complications of spine surgery. Avoiding Common Anesthesia Errors. 2nd ed. Philadelphia (PA): Wolters Kluwer Health. 2018.

Sampat A, Ryden A. Circadian rhythm disorders. Clinical Decision Support System: Sleep Medicine. 1st ed. Wilmington (DE): Decision Support in Medicine. 2018.

Sampat A, Parakati I, Kunnavakkam R, Glick DB, Lee NK, Tenney M, Eggener S, Roth S. Corneal abrasion in hysterectomy and prostatectomy: role of laparoscopic and robotic assistance. Anesthesiology. 2015 May;122(5):994-1001.

Hekman KE, Aliaga L, Straus D, Luther A, Chen J, Sampat A, Frim D. Positive and negative predictors for good outcome after decompressive surgery for Chiari malformation type 1 as scored on the Chicago Chiari Outcome Scale. Neurological Research. 2012 Sep;34(7):694-700.  

Aliaga L, Hekman KE, Yassari R, Straus D, Luther G, Chen J, Sampat A, Frim D. A novel scoring system for assessing Chiari malformation type I treatment outcomes. Neurosurgery. 2012 Mar;70(3):656-64.

Dreixler JC, Sampat A, Shaikh AR, Alexander MJ, Marcet MM, Roth S. Protein kinase B (Akt) and mitogen-activated protein kinase p38 alpha in retinal ischemic post-conditioning. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. 2011 Oct;45(2):309-20.  

Cramer SC, Sampat A, Haske-Palomino M, Nguyen S, Procaccio V, Hermanowicz N. Increased prevalence of val(66)met BDNF genotype among subjects with cervical dystonia. Neuroscience Letters. 2010 Jan 1;468(1):42-5.