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James Tao

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentNeurology
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    James Tao, MD, PhD, a neurologist who specializes in the diagnosis and management of seizures and epilepsy. Dr. Tao directs the Adult Epilepsy Center and Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at the University of Chicago. Dr. Tao is highly skilled in the use of surgery and neurostimulation devices for treating patients with medically resistant epilepsy, with a particular interest in the minimally invasive surgery such as laser ablation.
    His clinical research focuses on the use of electrophysiology and different types of neuroimaging to localize the seizure focus and guide epilepsy surgery. Dr. Tao is also interested in the mechanism and prevention of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), which is the leading cause of mortality in patients with chronic uncontrolled epilepsy. His work has appeared in journals such as JAMA, Neurology, Epilepsia, Neuron, Neurosurgery, J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, Seizure, and Epilepsy & Behavior.
    Dr. Tao is also involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows. He directs clinical neurophysiology fellowship program. Dr. Tao has given many lectures during didactic teaching and grand rounds, as well as an invited lecturer nationally and internationally.


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    University of Chicago, Chicago, ILFellowship2002Epilepsy
    University of Chicago, Chicago, ILResidency2001Neurology
    University of Illinois, Chicago, ILInternship1998Medicine
    University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OhioPhD1997Neuroscience
    Wannan Medical College , Wuhu, ChinaMD1984Medicine

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    1. Chen Z, Issa NP, Wu S, Liu X, Sun T, Bodnya J, Rose S, Tao JX. The clinical significance of small sharp spikes: A retrospective study of 909 patients in epilepsy monitoring unit. Epilepsy Res. 2020 Oct 05; 168:106477. PMID: 33096313.
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    2. Issa NP, Tao JX. Placing BETS on a spectrum of small sharp spikes. Clin Neurophysiol. 2020 Sep 22. PMID: 33023819.
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    3. Sun T, Liu X, Issa NP, Rose S, Wu S, Wang Q, Martinez R, Towle VL, Jr DRN, Warnke P, Tao JX. RTTBD-like activity in association with hippocampal ictal discharges in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Epileptic Disord. 2020 Aug 01; 22(4):462-472. PMID: 32763870.
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    4. Tao JX, Satzer D, Issa NP, Collins J, Wu S, Rose S, Henry J, Santos de Lima F, Nordli D, Warnke PC. Stereotactic laser anterior corpus callosotomy for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Epilepsia. 2020 Jun; 61(6):1190-1200. PMID: 32401350.
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    5. Satzer D, Tao JX, Issa NP, Chen Z, Wu S, Rose S, Collins J, Awad IA, Warnke PC. Stereotactic laser interstitial thermal therapy for epilepsy associated with solitary and multiple cerebral cavernous malformations. Neurosurg Focus. 2020 04 01; 48(4):E12. PMID: 32234994.
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    6. Issa NP, Wu S, Rose S, Tao JX. Prone position: An underrecognized and preventable risk for SUDEP. Epilepsy Behav. 2020 03; 104(Pt A):106918. PMID: 32058301.
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    7. Rose S, Issa NP, Wu S, Liu X, Tao JX. Reader response: Postconvulsive central apnea as a biomarker for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Neurology. 2019 12 03; 93(23):1020-1021. PMID: 31792108.
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    8. Tao JX, Issa NP, Wu S, Rose S, Collins J, Warnke PC. Interstitial Stereotactic Laser Anterior Corpus Callosotomy: A Report of 2 Cases with Operative Technique and Effectiveness. Neurosurgery. 2019 09 01; 85(3):E569-E574. PMID: 29982584.
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    9. Kuttab HI, Harris EA, Tataris KL, Tao J, Beiser DG. Cardiac Arrhythmia Following an Epileptic Seizure. Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2019 Nov; 3(4):354-356. PMID: 31763586.
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    10. Liu X, Wu S, Daif A, Sun T, Chauhan V, Issa NP, Rose S, Tao JX. Clinical implications of scalp ictal EEG pattern in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Clin Neurophysiol. 2019 09; 130(9):1604-1610. PMID: 31319289.
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    11. Lee S, Issa NP, Rose S, Tao JX, Warnke PC, Towle VL, van Drongelen W, Wu S. DC shifts, high frequency oscillations, ripples and fast ripples in relation to the seizure onset zone. Seizure. 2020 Apr; 77:52-58. PMID: 31101405.
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    12. Plass J, Ahn E, Towle VL, Stacey WC, Wasade VS, Tao J, Wu S, Issa NP, Brang D. Joint Encoding of Auditory Timing and Location in Visual Cortex. J Cogn Neurosci. 2019 07; 31(7):1002-1017. PMID: 30912728.
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    13. Wang X, Zhang Y, Zhang W, Shen C, Jin L, Chen B, Jiang Z, Tao JX, Liu Y. The electroclinical features of idiopathic generalized epilepsy patients presenting with fixation-off sensitivity. Epileptic Disord. 2018 Dec 01; 20(6):479-489. PMID: 30530446.
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    14. Liu X, Issa NP, Rose S, Wu S, Sun T, Towle LV, Warnke PC, Tao JX. The first-hour-of-the-day sleep EEG reliably identifies interictal epileptiform discharges during long-term video-EEG monitoring. Seizure. 2018 Dec; 63:48-51. PMID: 30399461.
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    15. Issa NP, Lee S, Wu S, Rose S, Towle VL, Warnke PC, van Drongelen W, Tao JX. Reply to "which small sharp spikes are benign epileptiform transients of sleep?" Clin Neurophysiol. 2018 11; 129(11):2495-2496. PMID: 30268708.
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    16. Bruzzone MJ, Issa N, Rose S, Warnke P, Towle VL, Tao JX, Wu S. Insights Into the Therapeutic Effect of Responsive Neurostimulation Assessed With Scalp EEG Recording: A Case Report. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2018 Sep; 35(5):438-441. PMID: 29023305.
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    17. Issa NP, Wu S, Rose S, Towle VL, Warnke PC, Tao JX. Small sharp spikes as EEG markers of mesiotemporal lobe epilepsy. Clin Neurophysiol. 2018 09; 129(9):1796-1803. PMID: 30005212.
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    18. Daif A, Lukas RV, Issa NP, Javed A, VanHaerents S, Reder AT, Tao JX, Warnke P, Rose S, Towle VL, Wu S. Antiglutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD65) antibody-associated epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2018 03; 80:331-336. PMID: 29433947.
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    19. Theeranaew W, McDonald J, Zonjy B, Kaffashi F, Moseley BD, Friedman D, So E, Tao J, Nei M, Ryvlin P, Surges R, Thijs R, Schuele S, Lhatoo S, Loparo KA. Automated Detection of Postictal Generalized EEG Suppression. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2018 02; 65(2):371-377. PMID: 29346105.
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    20. Tao JX, Wu S, Lacy M, Rose S, Issa NP, Yang CW, Dorociak KE, Bruzzone M, Kim J, Daif A, Choi J, Towle VL, Warnke PC. Stereotactic EEG-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy for mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2018 05; 89(5):542-548. PMID: 29183959.
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    21. Ali A, Wu S, Issa NP, Rose S, Towle VL, Warnke P, Tao JX. Association of sleep with sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2017 11; 76:1-6. PMID: 28917499.
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    22. Jiang H, Schuele S, Rosenow J, Zelano C, Parvizi J, Tao JX, Wu S, Gottfried JA. Theta Oscillations Rapidly Convey Odor-Specific Content in Human Piriform Cortex. Neuron. 2017 Apr 05; 94(1):207-219.e4. PMID: 28384472.
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    23. Tao JX, Issa N, Collins JW, Wu S, Rose S, Warnke P. Homonymous hemianopsia after MR-guided stereotactic laser amygdalohippocampectomy. Epilepsy Behav. 2017 01; 66:140-141. PMID: 27993511.
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    24. Serafini A, Issa NP, Rose S, Wu S, Warnke P, Tao JX. TIRDA Originating From Lateral Temporal Cortex in a Patient With mTLE Is Not Related to Hippocampal Activity. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2016 Dec; 33(6):e34-e38. PMID: 27753735.
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    25. Tao JX, Davis AM. Management of an Unprovoked First Seizure in Adults. JAMA. 2016 Oct 18; 316(15):1590-1591. PMID: 27755622.
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    26. Wang S, Graf S, Xu J, Issa NP, Ali A, Rose S, Wu S, Jacobsen J, Warnke P, Tao JX. The incidence of peri-ictal prone position in patients with generalized convulsive seizures. Epilepsy Behav. 2016 08; 61:158-161. PMID: 27351726.
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    27. Serafini A, Lukas RV, VanHaerents S, Warnke P, Tao JX, Rose S, Wu S. Paraneoplastic epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2016 08; 61:51-58. PMID: 27304613.
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    28. Tao JX. Risk factors of postictal generalized EEG suppression in generalized convulsive seizures. Neurology. 2016 Mar 22; 86(12):1171. PMID: 27001990.
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    29. Wu S, Issa NP, Rose SL, Ali A, Tao JX. Impact of periictal nurse interventions on postictal generalized EEG suppression in generalized convulsive seizures. Epilepsy Behav. 2016 05; 58:22-5. PMID: 26994879.
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    30. Tao J, Liebenthal J, Wu S, Rose S, Ebersole JS. Author response:. Neurology. 2015 Sep 29; 85(13):1185-6. PMID: 26688873.
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    31. Rose S, Wu S, Jiang A, Kim J, Tao JX. Neurogenic pulmonary edema: An etiological factor for SUDEP? Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Nov; 52(Pt A):76-7. PMID: 26409134.
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    32. Brang D, Towle VL, Suzuki S, Hillyard SA, Di Tusa S, Dai Z, Tao J, Wu S, Grabowecky M. Peripheral sounds rapidly activate visual cortex: evidence from electrocorticography. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Nov; 114(5):3023-8. PMID: 26334017.
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    33. Tao JX, Sandra R, Wu S, Ebersole JS. Should the "Back to Sleep" campaign be advocated for SUDEP prevention? Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Apr; 45:79-80. PMID: 25875185.
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    34. Liebenthal JA, Wu S, Rose S, Ebersole JS, Tao JX. Association of prone position with sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Neurology. 2015 Feb 17; 84(7):703-9. PMID: 25609764.
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    35. Ryvlin P, Nashef L, Lhatoo SD, Bateman LM, Bird J, Bleasel A, Boon P, Crespel A, Dworetzky BA, Høgenhaven H, Lerche H, Maillard L, Malter MP, Marchal C, Murthy JM, Nitsche M, Pataraia E, Rabben T, Rheims S, Sadzot B, Schulze-Bonhage A, Seyal M, So EL, Spitz M, Szucs A, Tan M, Tao JX, Tomson T. Incidence and mechanisms of cardiorespiratory arrests in epilepsy monitoring units (MORTEMUS): a retrospective study. Lancet Neurol. 2013 Oct; 12(10):966-77. PMID: 24012372.
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    36. Lee A, Wu S, Zhou X, Liebenthal J, Rose S, Tao JX. Periictal autonomic dysfunction and generalized postictal EEG suppression in convulsive seizures arising from sleep and wakefulness. Epilepsy Behav. 2013 Sep; 28(3):439-43. PMID: 23891764.
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    37. Tao JX, Yung I, Lee A, Rose S, Jacobsen J, Ebersole JS. Tonic phase of a generalized convulsive seizure is an independent predictor of postictal generalized EEG suppression. Epilepsia. 2013 May; 54(5):858-65. PMID: 23360300.
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    38. Rose S, Tao JX. Seizure freedom with VNS monotherapy: a case report. Seizure. 2011 Nov; 20(9):735-7. PMID: 21764334.
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    39. Tao JX, Chen XJ, Baldwin M, Yung I, Rose S, Frim D, Hawes-Ebersole S, Ebersole JS. Interictal regional delta slowing is an EEG marker of epileptic network in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2011 Mar; 52(3):467-76. PMID: 21204828.
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    40. Tao JX, Qian S, Baldwin M, Chen XJ, Rose S, Ebersole SH, Ebersole JS. SUDEP, suspected positional airway obstruction, and hypoventilation in postictal coma. Epilepsia. 2010 Nov; 51(11):2344-7. PMID: 21175606.
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    41. Tao JX, Hawes-Ebersole S, Baldwin M, Shah S, Erickson RK, Ebersole JS. The accuracy and reliability of 3D CT/MRI co-registration in planning epilepsy surgery. Clin Neurophysiol. 2009 Apr; 120(4):748-53. PMID: 19264546.
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    42. Tao JX, Baldwin M, Ray A, Hawes-Ebersole S, Ebersole JS. The impact of cerebral source area and synchrony on recording scalp electroencephalography ictal patterns. Epilepsia. 2007 Nov; 48(11):2167-76. PMID: 17662060.
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    43. Tao JX, Baldwin M, Hawes-Ebersole S, Ebersole JS. Cortical substrates of scalp EEG epileptiform discharges. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2007 Apr; 24(2):96-100. PMID: 17414965.
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    44. Ray A, Tao JX, Hawes-Ebersole SM, Ebersole JS. Localizing value of scalp EEG spikes: a simultaneous scalp and intracranial study. Clin Neurophysiol. 2007 Jan; 118(1):69-79. PMID: 17126071.
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    45. Tao JX, Ray A, Hawes-Ebersole S, Ebersole JS. Intracranial EEG substrates of scalp EEG interictal spikes. Epilepsia. 2005 May; 46(5):669-76. PMID: 15857432.
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