Mark Nespeca earned a B.S. in psychology from Georgetown University and his MD from Case-Western Reserve University. He served his pediatrics internship and residency at University of Colorado Affiliated Hospitals.He then served four years as a general pediatrician on the Navajo Reservation at the PHS Indian Hospital in Tuba City Az. He then completed a fellowship and was chief resident of neurology/child neurology at University of Utah, followed by a fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neuropsychology at Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
He joined Rady Children’s Hospital as a physician in 1989. In 2009 he joined the UC San Diego departments of Neurosciences and Pediatrics as a clinical professor.
He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Neurology, and is a member of the Child Neurology Society, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, American Epilepsy Society, and Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.
In past years Dr. Nespeca has engaged in industry-sponsored clinical trials of new antiepileptic medications in pediatric patients, as well as NIH sponsored multi-centered trial of therapy of Childhood Absence Epilepsy. In addition, he is one of three local investigators of a multicenter NIH RDRC (Rare Disease Research Consortium) network studying the natural history of Angelman syndrome and engaged in therapeutic intervention clinical trials. Dr. Nespeca is also interested in finding ways to acquire and display continuous EEG data for use in managing neonates with acute neurologic disorders in hospital systems of clinical care in which 24 hour EEG tech and neurologist interpretation is not available.