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


Mueller SG, Nei M, Bateman LM, Knowlton R, Laxer KD, Friedman D, Devinsky O, Goldman AM, Brainstem network disruption: A pathway to sudden unexplained death in epilepsy? Hum Brain Mapp

Haller M, Case J, Crone NE, Chang EF, King-Stephens D, Laxer KD, Weber PB, Parvizi J, Knight RT, Shestyuk AY, Persistent neuronal activity in human prefrontal cortex links perception and action. Nat Hum Behav

Barbaro NM, Quigg M, Ward MM, Chang EF, Broshek DK, Langfitt JT, Yan G, Laxer KD, Cole AJ, Sneed PK, Hess CP, Yu W, Tripathi M, Heck CN, Miller JW, Garcia PA, McEvoy A, Fountain NB, Salanova V, Knowlton RC, Bagić A, Henry T, Kapoor S, McKhann G, Palade AE, Reuber M, Tecoma E, Radiosurgery versus open surgery for mesial temporal lobe epilepsy: The randomized, controlled ROSE trial. Epilepsia

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

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