Sophie Xu Teng, M.D., Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Sophie Xu Teng, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-3588

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

My philosophy is to provide a patient-centered care with the use of up-to-date medical information and evidence based medicine. I believe that a comprehensive and individualized care to each patient can be achieved by compassion, respect, team work, and open communication.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Teng is a general neurologist offering care for adult patients with various neurologic conditions including headache, dementia, cerebral vascular disease, epilepsy (seizures), movement, and neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Teng sees patients primarily as an outpatient in the clinic.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Teng's research focuses on the relationships between alcohol, traumatic brain injury, and neuroinflammation. She has performed several studies to examine the effect of acute and/or chronic alcohol exposure on the neurobehavioral and inflammatory outcomes of mild traumatic brain injury. She is interested in future translational research that applies basic science discoveries into clinical practice.



Undergraduate School

B.S., Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport LA 2008

Medical School

M.D., Ph.D., Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans LA 2016


Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX 2016-2017


Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX 2017-2020

Chancellor's Award - Outstanding Student, School of Graduate Studies, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans LA, 2014

Early Career Investigator Travel Award, Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology 19th Annual Meeting, 2013

Paul S. Roheim, M.D., Excellence in Research Award, Department of Physiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans LA, 2012

Junior Investigator Traveling Award, American Federation for Medical Research, Southern Regional Meeting, New Orleans LA, 2011

Teng SX, Katz PS, Maxi JK, Mayeux JP, Gilpin NW, Molina PE. Alcohol exposure after mild focal traumatic brain injury impairs neurological recovery and exacerbates localized neuroinflammation. Brain Behav Immun. 2015 Mar;45:145-56. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2014.11.006. Epub 2014 Dec 6. PMID:25489880.

Katz PS, Sulzer JK, Impastato RA, Teng SX, Rogers EK, Molina PE. Endocannabinoid degradation inhibition improves neurobehavioral function, blood-brain barrier integrity, and neuroinflammation following mild traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2015 Mar 1;32(5):297-306. doi:10.1089/neu.2014.3508. Epub 2014 Dec 19. PMID:25166905.

Mayeux JP, Teng SX, Katz PS, Gilpin NW, Molina PE. Traumatic brain injury induces neuroinflammation and neuronal degeneration that is associated with escalated alcohol self-administration in rats. Behav Brain Res. 2015 Feb 15;279:22-30. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2014.10.053. Epub 2014 Nov 10. PMID:25446758.

Molina PE, Katz PS, Souza-Smith F, Ford SM, Teng SX, Dodd TY, Maxi JK, Mayeux JP. Alcohol's Burden on Immunity Following Burn, Hemorrhagic Shock, or Traumatic Brain Injury. Alcohol Res. 2015;37(2):263-78. PMID:26695749.

Teng SX, Molina PE. Acute alcohol intoxication prolongs neuroinflammation without exacerbating neurobehavioral dysfunction following mild traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2014 Feb 15;31(4):378-86. doi:10.1089/neu.2013.3093. Epub 2013 Dec 20. PMID:24050411.

Patterson CM, Morrison RL, D'Souza A, Teng XS, Happel KI. Inhaled fluticasone propionate impairs pulmonary clearance of Klebsiella pneumoniae in mice. Respir Res. 2012 May 31;13(1):40. doi:10.1186/1465-9921-13-40. PMID:22651370.

Porretta E, Happel KI, Teng XS, Ramsay A, Mason CM. The impact of alcohol on BCG-induced immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2012 Feb;36(2):310-7. doi:10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01624.x. Epub 2011 Oct 20. PMID:22014229.