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James Tao, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Director, Electroencephalography (EEG) Laboratory

James Tao, MD, PhD, specializes in the diagnosis and management of seizure disorders and epilepsy syndromes. Dr. Tao is interested in the use of surgery and vagal nerve stimulation for treating patients with medically resistant epilepsy. As director of the Electroencephalography (EEG) Laboratory at the University of Chicago, he oversees EEG studies that diagnose epileptic seizure and localize it in the patient’s brain to help guide surgical resection.

His clinical research focuses on the use of electrophysiology and different types of neuroimaging, including 3-dimensional computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) to guide epilepsy surgery. In addition, Dr. Tao is interested in the mechanism and prevention of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), which is the leading cause of mortality in patients with chronic uncontrolled epilepsy.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Psychiatry and Neurology
Clinical Neurophysiology

Medical School

Wannan Medical College


University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago

Residency and Fellowship

The University of Chicago Medicine

Additional Graduate Degree

PhD, University of Cincinnati, Ohio


American Academy of Neurology
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
American Epilepsy Society

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 834-9896

Office Fax

(773) 834-4800

Office Postal Address

James Tao, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2030
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Learn More About Dr. Tao

Pamela Hsieh was just 19 when a stroke paralyzed her left side. After treatment at the medical center, Hsieh has regained enough movement to hike mountains. Dr. Tao is featured in a video and story about Hsieh's experience.

Dr. Tao authored a study, which found that sleeping position may increase or decrease the risk of sudden unexpected death in people with epilepsy.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Tao's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.