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John Hixson, MD

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    Texas A&M UniversityBS1997Biochemistry and Genetics
    Johns Hopkins School of MedicineMD2001Medicine
    Hospital of the University of PennsylvaniaResidency2005Neurology
    University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsFellowship2006Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology

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    I'm currently a faculty member in the Dept of Neurology at both UCSF and the SF VA Medical Center. I primarily treat epilepsy patients, but am also developing several projects exploring the use of mobile health applications to improve the longitudinal care of patients with chronic disease. More specifically, I am interested in conducting clinical trials utilizing mobile health technologies (online diary systems and databases, electronic pillboxes) to improve clinical outcomes and cost efficiency. I am a part of the UCSF mHealth Group and the VA Innovations Initiative Patient-Facing Effort.

    I am always eager to discuss these mobile health interests (mhealth) more specifically and am looking for collaborators!


    From the UCSF Epilepsy Website:

    Dr. John D. Hixson is a neurologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of epilepsy and seizures. His research interests include emotion processing in temporal lobe epilepsy, antiepileptic drug management, and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). Dr. Hixson also spends part of his time working on public advocacy and health service issues as relates to epilepsy care.

    Dr. Hixson is an assistant professor of clinical neurology at UCSF. He earned a medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed a residency in neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Following residency, he conducted research and completed a fellowship in epilepsy and neurophysiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Hixson serves on the policy advisory board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California and on the advocacy advisory board of the American Academy of Neurology. He also serves as the medical editor-in-chief for the AAN News publication.

    Specialities: Epilepsy, Neurology

    Education: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2001

    Residencies: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - Neurology, 2005

    Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 2006


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    1. Goldenholz DM, Goldenholz SR, Moss R, French J, Lowenstein D, Kuzniecky R, Haut S, Cristofaro S, Detyniecki K, Hixson J, Karoly P, Cook M, Strashny A, Theodore WH, Pieper C. Does accounting for seizure frequency variability increase clinical trial power? Epilepsy Res. 2017 Jul 25. PMID: 28781216.
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    2. Vatsavayai SC, Yoon SJ, Gardner RC, Gendron TF, Vargas JN, Trujillo A, Pribadi M, Phillips JJ, Gaus SE, Hixson J, Garcia PA, Rabinovici GD, Coppola G, Geschwind DH, Petrucelli L, Miller BL, Seeley WW. Timing and significance of pathological features in C9orf72 expansion-associated frontotemporal dementia. Brain. 2016 Dec; 139(Pt 12):3202-3216. PMID: 27797809.
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    3. Hixson J, Barnes D, Parko K, Durgin T, Van Bebber S, Graham A, Wicks P. Patients optimizing epilepsy management via an online community: the POEM Study. Neurology. 2015 Jul 14; 85(2):129-36. PMID: 26085605; PMCID: PMC4515038.
    4. Hixson J, Van Bebber SL, Bertko KM. Interest in a digital health tool in veterans with epilepsy: results of a phone survey. Mil Med. 2015 Apr; 180(4):387-90. PMID: 25826343.
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    5. Fisher RS, Blum DE, DiVentura B, Vannest J, Hixson J, Moss R, Herman ST, Fureman BE, French JA. Seizure diaries for clinical research and practice: limitations and future prospects. Epilepsy Behav. 2012 Jul; 24(3):304-10. PMID: 22652423.
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    6. Hixson J. When physicians disagree: a case of nonconvulsive status epilepticus. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2011 Oct; 17(5 Neurologic Consultation in the Hospital):1119-23. PMID: 22809985.
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    7. Hixson J. Stopping antiepileptic drugs: when and why? Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2010 Sep; 12(5):434-42. PMID: 20730110.
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    8. Hixson J, Kirsch HE. The effects of epilepsy and its treatments on affect and emotion. Neurocase. 2009 Jun; 15(3):206-16. PMID: 19204849.
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    9. Hixson J, Balcer LJ, Glosser G, French JA. Fear sensitivity and the psychological profile of patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Epilepsy Behav. 2006 Dec; 9(4):587-92. PMID: 16997635.
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    10. Hixson J, French JA. Guidelines for new antiepileptic drug evaluation. Rev Neurol Dis. 2004; 1 Suppl 1:S18-26. PMID: 16400291.
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    11. Kunkel GR, Hixson J. The distal elements, OCT and SPH, stimulate the formation of preinitiation complexes on a human U6 snRNA gene promoter in vitro. Nucleic Acids Res. 1998 Mar 15; 26(6):1536-43. PMID: 9490803; PMCID: PMC147430.
    12. Gibbons DL, Hixson J, Hay N, Lund P, Gorovits BM, Ybarra J, Horowitz PM. Intrinsic fluorescence studies of the chaperonin GroEL containing single Tyr --> Trp replacements reveal ligand-induced conformational changes. J Biol Chem. 1996 Dec 13; 271(50):31989-95. PMID: 8943246.
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