Mark P. Nespeca 

Clinical Professor


Contact Information

Phone: 858-966-5819
Fax: 858-966-4930

Mailing Address:
Neurology Division
Rady Childrens Hospital
UCSD 8010 Frost St., Ste.400
San Diego, CA 92123

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.

Year Award
2011 San Diego Magazine Top Doctor Award
2011 Neuroscience Senior Pediatric Neurology Faculty Teaching Award
2010 Rady Childrens’ Hospital San Diego Excellence in Teaching Award
2009,2010 Nation’s Best Doctors designation
2008 Excellence in Resident Teaching Award, UCSD Dept. Neurosciences
2006–2008 San Diego Magazine Top Doctor Award
2005 Samuel Spector Award in Excellence in Teaching, UCSD Dept. of Pediatrics.
2004 San Diego Magazine Top Doctor Award
1999 UCSD Pediatric Residency Faculty Teaching Award
1973 Magna Cum Laude, Georgetown University