Jack J. Lin, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Jack J. Lin, M.D.

Director, UC Davis Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Professor, Department of Neurology






Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-3588

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Lin believes that every person with epilepsy deserves to be seizure free. He is passinate about finding the cause of epilepsy and provide the most advanced treatment.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Jack Lin is Professor of Neurology at the University of California, Davis, where he directs the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, a state-of-the-art clinical and research program. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University, a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Rush University, neurology residency training at the University of California, San Diego, and epilepsy fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lin is a renowned epilepsy specialist focused on treating drug-resistant epilepsy. He works with a multidisciplinary team of epilepsy specialists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, and EEG technologists to provide the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat epilepsy, such as minimally invasive robot-assisted Stereo-EEG, laser ablation, responsive neurostimulation, and deep brain stimulation to diagnose.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Lin is an internationally acknowledged expert in the neurophysiological analysis of memory, emotional processing, learning, and sleep using intracranial EEG and single neuron recordings in humans. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Brain Initiative and has published in top journals, including the Lancet, Nature Communications, Neuron, and PNAS. He is an elected Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society.



Undergraduate School

B.S., Human Communications, Northwestern University, Evanston IL 1994

Medical School

M.D., Rush Medical College, Chicago IL 1998


Internal Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago IL 1998-1999


Neurology, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 1999-2002


Epilepsy and Clincal Neurophysiology, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2002-2004

Nunez MD, Charupanit K, Sen-Gupta I, Lopour BA, Lin JJ. Beyond rates: time-varying dynamics of high frequency oscillations as a biomarker of the seizure onset zone. J Neural Eng. 2022 Feb 22;19(1). doi:10.1088/1741-2552/ac520f. PMID:35120337.

Skelin I, Zhang H, Zheng J, Ma S, Mander BA, Kim McManus O, Vadera S, Knight RT, McNaughton BL, Lin JJ. Coupling between slow-waves and sharp-wave ripples engages distributed neural activity during sleep in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 2021 May 25;118(21):e2012075118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2012075118. PMID:34001599.

Zheng J, Anderson KL, Leal, SL, Shestyuk, A, Gulsen G, Mnatsakanyan, L, Vadera S, Hsu FPK, Yassa MA, Knight RT, Lin JJ. Amygdala-hippocampal dynamics during salient information processing. Nature Communications. 2017 Feb 8;8:14413.

Lin JJ, Dabbs K, Riley JD, Jones JE, Jackson DC, Hsu DA, Stafstrom CE, Seidenberg M, Hermann BP. Neurodevelopment in new-onset juvenile myoclonic epilepsy over the first 2 years. Ann Neurol. 2014 Nov;76(5):660-8. doi:10.1002/ana.24240. Epub 2014 Aug 18. PMID:25087843.

Lin JJ, Mula M, Hermann BP. Uncovering the neurobehavioural comorbidities of epilepsy over the lifespan. Lancet. 2012 Sep 29;380(9848):1180-92. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61455-X. PMID:23021287. 

Bell B, Lin JJ, Seidenberg M, Hermann B. The neurobiology of cognitive disorders in temporal lobe epilepsy. Nat Rev Neurol. 2011 Mar;7(3):154-64. doi:10.1038/nrneurol.2011.3. Epub 2011 Feb 8. PMID:21304484.

Lin JJ, Salamon N, Lee AD, Dutton RA, Geaga JA, Hayashi KM, Luders E, Toga AW, Engel J Jr, Thompson PM. Reduced neocortical thickness and complexity mapped in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis. Cereb Cortex. 2007 Sep;17(9):2007-18. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhl109. Epub 2006 Nov 6. PMID:17088374.

Lin JJ, Salamon N, Dutton RA, Lee AD, Geaga JA, Hayashi KM, Toga AW, Engel J Jr, Thompson PM. Three-dimensional preoperative maps of hippocampal atrophy predict surgical outcomes in temporal lobe epilepsy. Neurology. 2005 Oct 11;65(7):1094-7. doi:10.1212/01.wnl.0000179003.95838.71. PMID:16217065.