John M. Stern, MD

John M. Stern, MD

Epilepsy Neurology| Clinical Neurophysiology
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
Westwood Neurology
300 Medical Plaza
Suite B200
Los Angeles, California 90095


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Dr. John Stern is Director of the Epilepsy Clinical Program and Professor in the Department of Neurology at the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also Director of UCLA’s Epilepsy Fellowship Training Program and Medical Director of UCLA’s Seizure Disorder Center.  

Dr. Stern’s education includes concurrent bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wesleyan University with a master’s thesis in physical biochemistry. His medical degree is from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, medical internship was at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, and neurology residency and epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology fellowship were at UCLA.   

Focused on epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology, Dr. Stern maintains an active clinical practice that includes outpatient and inpatient care for seizures and epilepsy. He also has extensive experience as an investigator in clinical research studies and clinical trials related to epilepsy diagnosis and treatment. His publications total approximately 300 and include 6 books and more 170 peer-reviewed research papers, chapters, and reviews. Among the publications, one was awarded best clinical research publication of the year by Epilepsia Open and another was awarded one of the best of the year by Epilepsia. 

For his excellence in teaching, he has received the highest teaching awards from UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine and from UCLA’s Department of Neurology. He has lectured widely internationally and in most of the United States, and he has been interviewed by Reuters, National Public Radio, NBC TV, New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and other news organizations. He is a fellow of the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Epilepsy Society. He serves as Chair of the American Epilepsy Society’s Treatments Committee on the National Association of Epilepsy Center’s Accreditations Committee, and on the editorial board for MedLink Neurology.  He has served on the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. 




Medical Board Certifications

Epilepsy, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2013
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1999
Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1999


Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1999


Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1997


Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, 1994


MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount. Sinai, 1993



Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Epilepsy monitoring unit evaluation (emu)
New onset seizure
Epilepsy surgery


Epilepsy and Seizures



  • Epilepsy diagnosis and treatment
  • Functional connectivity within the human brain

In the News

  • Reuters Health, 12/2021; Intracranial EEG prediction of seizure focality.

  • Neurology Today, 12/2021; Changes to US epilepsy centers from 2012-2019.

  • Los Angeles Business Journal, 6/2020; DEARhealth’s epilepsy care platform.

  • Reuters Health, 1/2020; Continuous EEG monitoring utilization.

  • New York Times, 9/2018; Conversion disorder and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.
  • National Public Radio, 2/2018; Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.
  • US News and World Report, 3/2017; Epilepsy overview.
  • BuzzFeed media website, 6/2016; Epilepsy overview.
  • Boston Globe newspaper, 8/2015; Pharmacotherapy for epilepsy



  • Southern California Super Doctors®, chosen 2008-2023. Hall of Fame, 2017
  • Best Doctors in America, chosen 2005-2020
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors, chosen 2018 - 2022
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, chosen 2012, 2016, 2017
  • Leading Physicians of the World, International Association of Healthcare Professionals,chosen 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
  • America’s Top Physicians, Consumers’ Research Council of America, chosen 2009-2014
  • Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 2017; Awarded to two faculty members among more than 2000.
  • UCLA Neurology Faculty Teaching Award (Golden Hammer), 2011; Outstanding Teaching to Residents Award, UCLA Department of Neurology, 1999
  • Hawk Prize for outstanding research in biochemistry, Wesleyan University, 1989
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, elected membership, 1988