Kevin James Keenan, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Kevin James Keenan, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

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Vascular Neurology



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

I am grateful for and humbled by the opportunities I have to make a positive difference in the lives of others as a neurologist. I believe that kindness, empathy, and respect are the foundations of patient-centered care. I strive to combine these qualities with cutting-edge clinical knowledge so that we can work together to create a thoughtful and individualized care plan. 

Clinical Interests

Dr. Keenan is a fellowship-trained vascular neurologist offering specialty care to adults with stroke and cerebrovascular disease. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Keenan's research focuses on developing and testing tools used during neurological emergencies to identify which patients are having a severe type of stroke called large vessel occlusion stroke. Treatment of this disease is time sensitive and earlier identification could enable more patients to receive emergency treatments that can greatly improve their chances of recovery.



Undergraduate School

B.A., UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2008

Medical School

M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 2013


Medicine, UC San Francisco, Department of Medicine, San Francisco CA 2013-2014


Neurology, UC San Francisco, Department of Neurology, San Francisco CA 2014-2017


Vascular Neurology, UC San Francisco, Department of Neurology, San Francisco CA 2017-2018


NIH StrokeNet Fellowship, UC San Francisco, Department of Neurology, San Francisco CA 2018-2019

UC Davis Diamond Doc Award for Exceptional Patient Care, 2021

American Academy of Neurology Clinician Scientist Development Award in Interventional Neurology funded by the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology and American Brain Foundation, 2019

Medical Consultant of the Year, UCSF-SFGH Emergency Medicine Residency, 2016

UCSF Alpha Omega Alpha, 2012

For an up-to-date list of publications, click here

Pereira T, Gadhoumi K, Ma M, Liu X, Xiao R, Colorado RA, Keenan KJ, Meisel K, Hu X. A Supervised Approach to Robust Photoplethysmography Quality Assessment. IEEE J Biomed Health Inform. 2020 Mar;24(3):649-657. doi:10.1109/JBHI.2019.2909065. Epub 2019 Apr 3. PMID:30951482.

Keenan KJ, Christensen S, Inoue M, Mlynash M, Albers GW, Smith WS. Validation and iteration of CT perfusion defined malignant profile thresholds for acute ischemic stroke. Int J Stroke. 2020 Jan;15(1):55-60. doi:10.1177/1747493019832987. Epub 2019 Feb 22. PMID:30794104.

Keenan KJ, Smith WS. The Speech Arm Vision Eyes (SAVE) scale predicts large vessel occlusion stroke as well as more complicated scales. J Neurointerv Surg. 2019 Jul;11(7):659-663. doi:10.1136/neurintsurg-2018-014482. Epub 2018 Dec 4. PMID:30514735.

Keenan KJ, Kircher C, McMullan JT. Prehospital Prediction of Large Vessel Occlusion in Suspected Stroke Patients. Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2018 May 21;20(7):34. doi:10.1007/s11883-018-0734-x. PMID:29781051.

Sampognaro P, Vo KT, Richie M, Blanc PD, Keenan K. Bismuth Subgallate Toxicity in the Age of Online Supplement Use. Neurologist. 2017 Nov;22(6):237-240. doi:10.1097/NRL.0000000000000144. PMID:29095326.

Chapman Smith SN, Govindarajan P, Padrick MM, Lippman JM, McMurry TL, Resler BL, Keenan K, Gunnell BS, Mehndiratta P, Chee CY, Cahill EA, Dietiker C, Cattell-Gordon DC, Smith WS, Perina DG, Solenski NJ, Worrall BB, Southerland AM; As the iTREAT Investigators. A low-cost, tablet-based option for prehospital neurologic assessment: The iTREAT Study. Neurology. 2016 Jul 5;87(1):19-26. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000002799. Epub 2016 Jun 8. PMID:27281534.

Keenan K, Hetts SW. Pial non-galenic arteriovenous fistulas. J Pediatr Neuroradiol. 2013;02(03):189-202. 

Hetts SW, Keenan K, Fullerton HJ, Young WL, English JD, Gupta N, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Lawton MT, Halbach VV. Pediatric intracranial nongalenic pial arteriovenous fistulas: clinical features, angioarchitecture, and outcomes. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2012 Oct;33(9):1710-9. doi:10.3174/ajnr.A3194. Epub 2012 Jul 5. PMID:22766672.