Michael Privitera, MD

Professor of Neurology; Director, Epilepsy Center, UC Neuroscience Institute

Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine
Neurology, Epilepsy, Neuroscience, Seizure Disorders, Continuous EEG Monitoring, Electroencephalogram, Epilepsy Monitoring
.Michael Privitera, MD photo

Practice Locations

  • Clifton

    • UC Health Physicians Office (Clifton)

      222 Piedmont Avenue
      Suite 3200
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

      Phone: (513) 475-8730
      Fax: (513) 475-8033
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  • West Chester

    • UC Health Physicians Office North (West Chester)

      7690 Discovery Drive
      Suite 3500
      West Chester, Ohio 45069

      Phone: (513) 475-8730
      Fax: (513) 475-8273
      Map and Directions


Michael Privitera, MD, is the Director of the Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute.  He has been a Neurologist at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for more than 25 years and a Professor of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for 14 of those years. 

Dr. Privitera is an internationally recognized expert on advanced treatments for epilepsy and has dedicated his career to discovering new treatments and caring for people with epilepsy. He established the Epilepsy Center over 25 years ago as the first comprehensive epilepsy program in the region. He has published over 100 scientific articles and a book on epilepsy, and has directed over 50 clinical studies on epilepsy treatment. 

In addition to his extensive medical experience Dr. Privitera was honored with the Health Care Heroes Innovator Award in 2004 and as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in 2003.  He was the Editor of Epilepsy Quarterly for 6 years, has directed the two largest courses on epilepsy in the world at the American Epilepsy Society and American Academy of Neurology Annual Meetings, and trained more than 30 fellows in epilepsy and EEG.

Dr. Privitera has served multiple roles over the past 25 years including Medical Director and Chair of Clinical Practice and Research Committees for UC Physicians, the Administrative and Clinical Vice Chair in the Department of Neurology at UC Health, Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology/Epilepsy Fellowship program.

Dr. Privitera gives back to the community in his roles as Medical Director of the Charles L. Shor Foundation for Epilepsy Research, a member of the Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, and as Treasurer of the American Epilepsy Society.          


Medical School
SUNY Upstate Medical University - Syracuse, NY
Georgetown University - Washington, DC
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas, TX

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology  
American Academy of Neurology 
American Epilepsy Society (Treasurer, 2008-present)
American Neurological Association 
Ohio State Medical Association 

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