Nigel Paul Pedersen, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Nigel Paul Pedersen, M.D.

Vice Chair of Research, Department of Neurology

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

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UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

UC Davis Medical Group - Midtown
3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Philosophy of Care

Dr. Pedersn aims to help patients realize the best life possible by a wholistic approach to care of people living with epilepsy and seizures.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Pedersen is an epileptologist who provides care for adult patients with epilepsy. He has expertise in epilepsy surgery and stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG).

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Pedersen’s laboratory focuses on clinically-relevant fundamental neuroscience including in people with epilepsy. Overall, the laboratory is focused on understanding the dynamics and interactions of large-scale brain networks in cognition, sleep and epilepsy.



Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Neuroscience

Undergraduate School

B.Sc. (Hons. I), Cognitive Science, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia 2001

Medical School

M.B.B.S. (Hons.), Sydney University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2007


Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA 2009-2010


Neurology, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA 2010-2013


Epilepsy and Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA 2013-2014


Clinical Neurophysiology, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA 2014-2015

Elevation to Fellow, American Epilepsy Society, 2021

Emerging Scholar Session Award, American Neurological Association, 2021

Elevation to Fellow, American Neurological Association, 2015

Michael Ronthal Award for Resident Teaching, BIDMC/Harvard Medical School, 2013

Harvard Medical School Outstanding Teacher Award, 2011

To see a full list of Dr. Pedersen's publications, please click here.

Dickey AS, Alwaki A, Kheder A, Willie JT, Drane DL, Pedersen NP. The Referential Montage Inadequately Localizes Corticocortical Evoked Potentials in Stereoelectroencephalography. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2022 Jul 1;39(5):412-418. doi:10.1097/WNP.0000000000000792. Epub 2020 Dec 15. PMID:33337663.

Dickey AS, Krafty RT, Pedersen NP. Ordinal regression increases statistical power to predict epilepsy surgical outcomes. Epilepsia Open. 2022 Jun;7(2):344-349. doi:10.1002/epi4.12585. Epub 2022 Feb 23. PMID:35156772.

Kaestner E, Pedersen NP, Hu R, Vosoughi A, Alwaki A, Ruiz AR, Staikova E, Hewitt KC, Epstein C, McDonald CR, Gross RE, Drane DL. Electrical Wada for pre-surgical memory testing: a case report. Epileptic Disord. 2022 Apr 1;24(2):411-416. doi:10.1684/epd.2021.1390. PMID:34874269.

Kloefkorn H, Aiani LM, Hochman S, Pedersen NP. Scoring sleep using respiration and movement-based features. MethodsX. 2022 Mar 31;9:101682. doi:10.1016/j.mex.2022.101682. PMID:35492211.

Fernandez AM, Gutekunst CA, Grogan DP, Pedersen NP, Gross RE. Loss of efferent projections of the hippocampal formation in the mouse intrahippocampal kainic acid model. Epilepsy Res. 2022 Feb;180:106863. doi:10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2022.106863. Epub 2022 Jan 19. PMID:35114430.

Gleichgerrcht E, Drane DL, Keller SS, Davis KA, Gross R, Willie JT, Pedersen N, de Bezenac C, Jensen J, Kuzniecky R, Bonilha L. Association Between Anatomical Location of Surgically Induced Lesions and Postoperative Seizure Outcome in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Neurology. 2022 Jan 11;98(2):e141-e151. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000013033. Epub 2021 Oct 29. Erratum in: Neurology. 2022 Jul 14;: PMID:34716254.

Gleichgerrcht E, Munsell B, Keller SS, Drane DL, Jensen JH, Spampinato MV, Pedersen NP, Weber B, Kuzniecky R, McDonald C, Bonilha L. Radiological identification of temporal lobe epilepsy using artificial intelligence: a feasibility study. Brain Commun. 2021 Dec 8;4(2):fcab284. doi:10.1093/braincomms/fcab284. PMID:35243343.

Drane DL, Willie JT, Pedersen NP, Qiu D, Voets NL, Millis SR, Soares BP, Saindane AM, Hu R, Kim MS, Hewitt KC, Hakimian S, Grabowski T, Ojemann JG, Loring DW, Meador KJ, Faught E Jr, Miller JW, Gross RE. Superior Verbal Memory Outcome After Stereotactic Laser Amygdalohippocampotomy. Front Neurol. 2021 Dec 9;12:779495. doi:10.3389/fneur.2021.779495. PMID:34956059.

Cleary AM, Neisser J, McMahan T, Parsons TD, Alwaki A, Okada N, Vosoughi A, Kheder A, Drane DL, Pedersen NP. Subjective distinguishability of seizure and non-seizure Déjà Vu: A case report, brief literature review, and research prospects. Epilepsy Behav. 2021 Dec;125:108373. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2021.108373. Epub 2021 Nov 1. PMID:34735965.