Serving Northern California from Fresno to Monterey to the Oregon border
Sharon McDaniel M.D.
Professional Advisory Board Member
Dr. McDaniel on her cycling trip in Canada
Sharon McDaniel, M.D. is a pediatric  neurologist and epileptologist at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco and serves as the medical director of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Pediatric Epilepsy Program. She grew up in San Diego and during junior high school,  her family moved to Dallas, TX. Dr. McDaniel returned to California for college and studied neuroscience as an undergraduate at Pomona College. She attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis where she decided to combine her interest in understanding how the brain works with her passion for working with children. Dr. McDaniel completed her child neurology residency at Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital. She spent two years pursuing additional fellowship training in pediatric epilepsy at Seattle Children's Hospital, where she obtained expertise in electroencephalography (EEG) as well as medical, dietary, and surgical treatment options for children with difficult-to-control seizures. In 2012, Dr. McDaniel returned to California and joined the team at Kaiser Permanente. 

Outside of work, Dr. McDaniel spends her time hiking, rock climbing, playing tennis, reading, and exploring San Francisco and surrounding areas. She has also taken up road bicycling. Dr. McDaniel finished her first century ride in May (100 miles!) and is hoping to conquer her first granfondo (long distance road bicycle race) this fall. She loves to travel, both to see the world and to spend time with friends and family. Recent highlights include exploring Japan's historic sites and countryside, and a six-day cycling trip in the Canadian Rockies.   

Dr. Sharon McDaniel joined the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California in 2014. She has been a wonderful addition to our team and we are so appreciative of her involvement and outreach in our epilepsy community!
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  • Sleep deprivation - overtired, not sleeping well, not getting enough sleep
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