Sima Patel

Assistant Professor


Dr. Sima. I. Patel is an Assistant Professor in Neurology at the University of Minnesota. Since 2012, she has been a full-time clinician focusing on complex epilepsy management with surgical interventions and pharmacological treatments at the University of Minnesota Physicians/MINCEP Epilepsy Care. She earned her undergraduate degree in community health and health administration from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. She completed her neurology residency training at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a 2-year epilepsy fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. She is passionate about resident education, female physician empowerment, epilepsy research pertaining to women with epilepsy, and epilepsy clinical drug trials. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, baking, and theatre with her two young daughters and husband.

Research Interests
Treatment of drug resistant epilepsy
Epilepsy surgery evaluation
Video EEG evaluation
Management of epilepsy during pregnancy
Women's health and epilepsy management
Epilepsy surgery treatment and programing

Teaching Summary

Academic Interests and Focus: Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment Epilepsy Surgery Women with Epilepsy Treatment EEG interpretation

Clinical Summary

Clinical Specialties: Epilepsy, Neurology


MD, Rush Medical College
Major: MD

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy, Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Neurology, Residency
Medical College of Wisconsin

Licensures and Certifications

Epilepsy Board Certification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Licensure/Certification Number: 653
Neurology Board Certification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Licensure/Certification Number: 56430
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Patel, S. I., Pennell, P. B., 2016. Management of epilepsy during pregnancy: an update.. Therapeutic advances in neurological disorders, 9 (2): 118-29.
doi: PubMed ID: 27006699.
Patel, S. I., Birnbaum, A. K., Cloyd, J. C., Leppik, I. E., 2015. Intravenous and Intramuscular Formulations of Antiseizure Drugs in the Treatment of Epilepsy.. CNS drugs, 29 (12): 1009-22.
doi: PubMed ID: 26603741.
Leppik, I. E., Patel, S. I., 2015. Intramuscular and rectal therapies of acute seizures.. Epilepsy & behavior : E&B, 49 307-12.
Rathore, J. S., Jehi, L. E., Fan, Y., Patel, S. I., Foldvary-Schaefer, N., Ramirez, M. J., Busch, R. M., Obuchowski, N. A., Tesar, G. E., 2014. Validation of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) for depression screening in adults with epilepsy.. Epilepsy & behavior : E&B, 37 215-20.
Patel, S., 2014. Hormones and Seizures Chapter. Women with epilepsy: a practical management handbook Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom:


Administrative Contact

Neurology Central Line: 612-626-6688

Shannon McCrady