Amy R. Brooks-Kayal, M.D., F.A.A.N., F.A.N.A., F.A.E.S. for UC Davis Health

Amy R. Brooks-Kayal, M.D., F.A.A.N., F.A.N.A., F.A.E.S.

Chair, Department of Neurology

Professor, Department of Neurology

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




Pediatric Epilepsy

Pediatric Neurology



Locations and Contact

Midtown Neurology Clinic

3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Additional Numbers

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Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

I am amazed by the resilience, strength and positive attitude of the kids I take care of. They do not let their illness define them. I follow this philosophy in treating them as kids first. I see my role as providing knowledge, compassion and innovation that will enhance their quality of life.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Brooks-Kayal specializes in the care of children and teens with difficult to manage or complex epilepsy.

Research/Academic Interests

For Patients:

Dr. Brooks-Kayal's research focuses on understanding how seizures effect the brain and on development of novel treatments for the prevention, treatment and cure of epilepsy.

For Referring Providers:

Dr. Brooks-Kayal's research focuses on the effects of seizure activity on neurotransmitter systems with particular emphasis on understanding the molecular regulation of GABA(A) receptor expression during epileptogenesis and development of novel therapeutics for the prevention, treatment and cure of epilepsy.



Undergraduate School

B.A., Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, Ithaca NY 1984

Undergraduate School

M.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD 1988


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA 1989


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA 1989-1991


Child Neurology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA 1992-1995


Charles A. Dana Fellow in Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Program, Clinical Neurophysiology, Philadelphia PA 1991-1992

Founders' Award, American Epilepsy Society, 2019

Sara Hertafeld Memorial Lecturer, University of Rochester, 2019

Swebilius Award in Epilepsy from Yale University, 2018

Co-Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Epilepsy and Neuronal Synchronization, Mt. Snow, Vermont, 2018

Elected Director, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (term 2018-2021), 2017

Elected Member, North American Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy (term 2018-2021), 2017

Fellow, American Epilepsy Society, 2016

Fellow, American Academy of Neurology, 2016

Vice Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Epilepsy and Neuronal Synchronization, Girona, Spain, 2016

Past President, American Epilepsy Society, 2015, 2016

President, American Epilepsy Society, 2014, 2015

Advisory Council, National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

1st Vice-President, American Epilepsy Society, 2013

Chair, Clinical Neuroplasticity and Neurotransmitters (CNNT) Study Section, 2013

Fellow, American Neurological Association, 2013

2nd Vice-President, American Epilepsy Society, 2012

US News and World Report "Top Pediatric Neurologist," 2011, 2012, 2013

Chair, Merritt-Putnam Symposium at the American Epilepsy Society, 2011

Councilor, Professors of Child Neurology, 2011

Executive Board, American Neurological Association, 2011

Tenure, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2011

Nominating Committee, American Epilepsy Society, 2010

Best Doctor's in America, 2009

Marquis, Who's Who in America Award, 2009

Ponzio Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurology, The Children’s Hospital, Aurora CO, 2008

American Academy of Neurology Leadership Development Program, 2007

NIH Epilepsy Benchmark Steward, 2007

Elected to American Neurological Association, 2006

Board of Directors, American Epilepsy Society, 2006

Child Neurology Foundation Award, 2001

Child Neurology Society Young Investigator Award, 1999

American Epilepsy Society Junior Investigator Research Award, 1999

MAPS Scholar, 1995

American Epilepsy Society Travel Award, 1995

Charles A. Dana Research Fellowship in Neuroscience, 1991

Alpha Omega Alpha, 1988

Barry Wood Biomedical Research Award, 1985

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Pi, 1984

Cornell Presidential Scholar Award, 1984

Cornell National Scholar Award, 1980[Author]

Hixson KM, Cogswell M, Brooks-Kayal AR, Russek SJ. Evidence for a non-canonical JAK/STAT signaling pathway in the synthesis of the brain's major ion channels and neurotransmitter receptors. BMC Genomics. 2019 Aug 28;20(1):677. doi:10.1186/s12864-019-6033-2. PMID:31455240.

Carvill GL, Dulla CG, Lowenstein DH, Brooks-Kayal AR. The path from scientific discovery to cures for epilepsy. Neuropharmacology. 2020 May 1;167:107702. doi:10.1016/j.neuropharm.2019.107702. Epub 2019 Jul 10. PMID:31301334.

Li Z, Cogswell M, Hixson K, Brooks-Kayal AR, Russek SJ. Nuclear Respiratory Factor 1 (NRF-1) Controls the Activity Dependent Transcription of the GABA-A Receptor Beta 1 Subunit Gene in Neurons. Front Mol Neurosci. 2018 Aug 21;11:285. doi:10.3389/fnmol.2018.00285. PMID:30186109.

Klein P, Dingledine R, Aronica E, Bernard C, Blümcke I, Boison D, Brodie MJ, Brooks-Kayal AR, Engel J Jr, Forcelli PA, Hirsch LJ, Kaminski RM, Klitgaard H, Kobow K, Lowenstein DH, Pearl PL, Pitkänen A, Puhakka N, Rogawski MA, Schmidt D, Sillanpää M, Sloviter RS, Steinhäuser C, Vezzani A, Walker MC, Löscher W. Commonalities in epileptogenic processes from different acute brain insults: Do they translate? Epilepsia. 2018 Jan;59(1):37-66. doi:10.1111/epi.13965. Epub 2017 Dec 15. PMID:29247482.

Ravizza T, Onat FY, Brooks-Kayal AR, Depaulis A, Galanopoulou AS, Mazarati A, Numis AL, Sankar R, Friedman A. WONOEP appraisal: Biomarkers of epilepsy-associated comorbidities. Epilepsia. 2017 Mar;58(3):331-342. doi:10.1111/epi.13652. Epub 2016 Dec 30. PMID:28035782.

Thomas AX, Cruz Del Angel Y, Gonzalez MI, Carrel AJ, Carlsen J, Lam PM, Hempstead BL, Russek SJ, Brooks-Kayal AR. Rapid Increases in proBDNF after Pilocarpine-Induced Status Epilepticus in Mice Are Associated with Reduced proBDNF Cleavage Machinery. eNeuro. 2016 Mar 30;3(1):ENEURO.0020-15.2016. doi:10.1523/ENEURO.0020-15.2016. PMID:27057559.

Raible DJ, Frey LC, Del Angel YC, Carlsen J, Hund D, Russek SJ, Smith B, Brooks-Kayal AR. JAK/STAT pathway regulation of GABAA receptor expression after differing severities of experimental TBI. Exp Neurol. 2015 Sep;271:445-56. doi:10.1016/j.expneurol.2015.07.001. Epub 2015 Jul 11. PMID:26172316.

Grabenstatter HL, Cogswell M, Cruz Del Angel Y, Carlsen J, Gonzalez MI, Raol YH, Russek SJ, Brooks-Kayal AR. Effect of spontaneous seizures on GABAA receptor α4 subunit expression in an animal model of temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2014 Nov;55(11):1826-33. doi:10.1111/epi.12771. Epub 2014 Sep 15. PMID:25223733.

Simonato M, Brooks-Kayal AR, Engel J Jr, Galanopoulou AS, Jensen FE, Moshé SL, O'Brien TJ, Pitkanen A, Wilcox KS, French JA. The challenge and promise of anti-epileptic therapy development in animal models. Lancet Neurol. 2014 Sep;13(9):949-60. doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(14)70076-6. Epub 2014 Aug 10. Erratum in:Lancet Neurol. 2015 Jul;14(7):677. PMID:25127174.

Raible DJ, Frey LC, Brooks-Kayal AR. Effects of JAK2-STAT3 signaling after cerebral insults. JAKSTAT. 2014 Jun 12;3(2):e29510. doi:10.4161/jkst.29510. PMID:25105066.