Marisa Gardner


  • Assistant Professor, Neurology
  • Pediatric Neurologist


Dr. Marisa Gardner is a pediatric neurologist who cares for children with all forms of neurological disease. She has special interests in neurology of newborns and epilepsy. She has additional training in interpreting electroencephalograms, tests that record the brain's electrical activity. She cares for young patients from birth through age 21.

Gardner directs the Neonatal Neurologic Care Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She also consults on cases in which there is concern about a neurological condition in the fetus.

Gardner collaborates on several research projects related to diagnosing, treating and preventing seizures in newborns.

Gardner earned her medical degree at UCSF, where she also completed a residency in pediatrics, followed by fellowships in pediatric neurology and epilepsy. She belongs to the Child Neurology Society and American Epilepsy Society.

In her free time, Gardner loves to play the piano, dance and spend time with her kids.

Education & Training

  • UCSF Epilepsy Fellowship

    Board Certified in Epilepsy

  • UCSF Pediatric Neurology Residency

    Board Certified Pediatric Neurology

  • UCSF Medical School


  • Sharpe C, Davis SL, Reiner GE, Lee LI, Gold JJ, Nespeca M, Wang SG, Joe P, Kuperman R, Gardner M, Honold J, Lane B, Knodel E, Rowe D, Battin MR, Bridge R, Goodmar J, Castro B, Rasmussen M, Arnell K, Harbert M, Haas R. Assessing the Feasibility of Providing a Real-Time Response to Seizures Detected With Continuous Long-Term Neonatal Electroencephalography Monitoring. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2019 Jan; 36(1):9-13. PubMed

  • Young-Lin N, Shalev S, Glenn OA, Gardner M, Lee C, Wynshaw-Boris A, Gelfand AA. Teaching neuroimages: infant with glutaric aciduria type 1 presenting with infantile spasms and hypsarrhythmia. Neurology. 2013 Dec 10; 81(24):e182-3. PubMed

  • Gardner MA, Li BC, Wu YW, Slavotinek AM. Intraparenchymal hemorrhage in a neonate with cleidocranial dysostosis. Pediatr Neurol. 2012 Dec; 47(6):455-7. PubMed

  • Gardner MA, Hills NK, Sidney S, Johnston SC, Fullerton HJ. The 5-year direct medical cost of neonatal and childhood stroke in a population-based cohort. Neurology. 2010 Feb 02; 74(5):372-8. PubMed

  • Fullerton HJ, Gardner M, Adams RJ, Lo LC, Johnston SC. Obstacles to primary stroke prevention in children with sickle cell disease. Neurology. 2006 Sep 26; 67(6):1098-9. PubMed

  • Azakie A, Muse J, Gardner M, Skidmore KL, Miller SP, Karl TR, McQuillen PS. Cerebral oxygen balance is impaired during repair of aortic coarctation in infants and children. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2005 Sep; 130(3):830-6. PubMed

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