Kenneth Laxer, M.D., Ph.D. , Scientist; Director of the Sutter Pacific Epilepsy Program

California Pacific CURRENTS: The online journal of CPMC Research Institute

Research on neuroimaging techniques, cerebellar physiology, and pharmacologic approaches to treating epilepsy
  • High Field MR imaging showing "focal" epilepsy

    High Field MR imaging showing "focal" epilepsy has widespread brain abnormalities.


Research Overview

  • With over 40 years’ experience in epilepsy research, Dr. Laxer is renowned for expertise in developing neuroimaging techniques including magnetic resonance spectroscopy for the evaluation and management of epilepsy.
  • He investigates new diagnostics and treatments for uncontrollable seizures, and devises drug studies to improve pharmacologic options for patients unresponsive to standard treatments.
  • Dr. Laxer has published over 250 articles, abstracts, and book chapters on the management of epilepsy.
  • He is the Epilepsy Lead for the Sutter Neuroscience Research Consortium.




Dr. Laxer received his M.D. from the University of California, Irvine. He completed residencies in neurology and clinical neurophysiology at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University, and conducted a fellowship in cerebellar physiology at the Neurological Sciences Institute in Portland, Oregon.


Publication Search


Riès SK, Dhillon RK, Clarke A, King-Stephens D, Laxer KD, Weber PB, Kuperman RA, Auguste KI, Brunner P, Schalk G, Lin JJ, Parvizi J, Crone NE, Dronkers NF, Knight RT, Spatiotemporal dynamics of word retrieval in speech production revealed by cortical high-frequency band activity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

Sergott RC, Johnson CA, Laxer KD, Wechsler RT, Cherny K, Whittle J, Feng G, Lee D, Isojarvi J, Retinal structure and function in vigabatrin-treated adult patients with refractory complex partial seizures. Epilepsia

Foo F, King-Stephens D, Weber P, Laxer K, Parvizi J, Knight RT, Differential Processing of Consonance and Dissonance within the Human Superior Temporal Gyrus. Front Hum Neurosci

King-Stephens D, Mirro E, Weber PB, Laxer KD, Van Ness PC, Salanova V, Spencer DC, Heck CN, Goldman A, Jobst B, Shields DC, Bergey GK, Eisenschenk S, Worrell GA, Rossi MA, Gross RE, Cole AJ, Sperling MR, Nair DR, Gwinn RP, Park YD, Rutecki PA, Fountain NB, Wharen RE, Hirsch LJ, Miller IO, Barkley GL, Edwards JC, Geller EB, Berg MJ, Sadler TL, Sun FT, Morrell MJ, Lateralization of mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with chronic ambulatory electrocorticography. Epilepsia

Laxer KD, Trinka E, Hirsch LJ, Cendes F, Langfitt J, Delanty N, Resnick T, Benbadis SR, The consequences of refractory epilepsy and its treatment. Epilepsy Behav

Kenneth Laxer, M.D., Ph.D. , Scientist; Director of the Sutter Pacific Epilepsy Program
Primary Research Interests
  • Evaluation and management of epilepsy
  • Neuroimaging techniques