Shifteh Sattar 

Shifteh Sattar, MD 

Associate Clinical Professor


Contact Information

Neurology Division
Rady Children's Hospital 8010 Frost St.
Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92123

Dr. Sattar is board certified in Pediatrics and Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology and Epilepsy. She is an active member of the Child Neurology Society, American Academy of Neurology, and American Epilepsy Society. She joined our department from Miami Children's Hospital where she trained in surgical approaches for the treatment of epilepsy.

The majority of her clinical time is spent at Rady Children's Hospital where she developed a Comprehensive Epilepsy Surgery Center and has established a multidisciplinary team that includes neurosurgery, neuroradiology and neuropsychology as well as social work.

In addition, she directs and coordinates the epilepsy surgery conferences where an in-depth discussion and analysis of lesional as well as MRI negative intractable epilepsy patient cases are held among the multidisciplinary team, during which eligibility for surgery and optimization of care with resection of a seizure focus is reviewed.

Though she has a broad clinical interest in child neurology, her passion is in epilepsy surgery and aiding children with intractable epilepsy. Her recent endeavor has been to identify appropriate surgical candidates and if possible to provide them with minimally invasive neurosurgical treatments such as stereotactic implantation of depth electrodes using Robotic Stereotactic Assistance followed by MRI-guided laser ablation of seizure producing regions in the brain.

Dr. Sattar's research interests mirror her clinical interest of epilepsy with emphasis on seizure control and neurologic outcome after surgical resection of intractable epilepsy. In the past she conducted field research in multiple countries in the Middle East with Dr. Joseph Gleeson in search of autosomal recessive causes of cerebral and cerebellar malformations and included diseases of congenital malformations such as Joubert syndrome, Corpus Callosum Aplasia/Hypoplasia, Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia, Microcephaly, and Autosomal Recessive Epilepsy.

Sattar S, Shah L. Bitten & Forgotten: A Case of Early Lyme Encephalitis. Journal of Investigative Medicine, 2007 January; 55(1): 172.

Hanna R.M., Sattar S, Gleeson J, et al. Distinguishing 3 Classes of Corpus Callosal Abnormalities In Consanguineous Families. Neurology, 2011 January; 76(4): 373-382.

Sattar S, Gleeson, J. The Ciliopathies In Neuronal Development: A Clinical Approach to Investigation of Joubert syndrome and Joubert Syndrome-Related Disorders. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2011 September; 53(9): 793-798.

Zaki, M, Sattar S, Gleeson, J, et al. Co-Occurrence of Distinct Ciliopathy Diseases In Single Families Suggests Genetic Modifiers. American Journal of Genetics, 2011 December; 155(12): 3042-3049.

Zaki M, Sattar S, Gleeson J, et al. New Recessive Syndrome of Microcephaly, Cerebellar Hypoplasia, and Congenital Heart Conduction Defect. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 2011 December; 155(12): 3035-3041.