Giridhar Kalamangalam, MD, DPhil

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Giridhar Kalamangalam, MD, DPhil, is Wilder Family endowed professor and division chief of epilepsy at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr Kalamangalam was born and raised in India, where he completed medical school at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Puducherri (formerly Pondicherry) and completed undergraduate mathematics training by distance education at the University of Madras, Chennai. He was a Rhodes scholar to Oxford University, England, where he completed a master’s degree (MSc) in applied mathematics and a research doctorate (DPhil) in mathematical biology under the supervision of Andrew Fowler. He subsequently completed clinical training in internal medicine and general neurology by rotation in various hospitals in the British National Health Service, with most of his neurology training obtained at the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow. He completed an epilepsy and electroencephalography fellowship at Cleveland Clinic under the mentorship of Hans Lueders. He was assistant and then associate professor and attending epileptologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He was recruited to UFHealth in his current position in September 2017.

Dr Kalamangalam’s publications have appeared in multiple peer-reviewed journals and his work has been funded by the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Epilepsy Society, the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and the Wilder Family endowment at the University of Florida.

Clinical Interests

Dr Kalamangalam’s clinical work is devoted to the care of patients with epilepsy, with a focus on syndrome identification, management of refractory epilepsy, epilepsy surgery and clinical neurophysiology.  He maintains an interest in general neurology and the internal medicine/neurology overlap as well as neurological care delivery in resource-poor situations.

Research Interests

Dr. Kalamangalam’s research follows several different themes with some mutual overlap. (i) Electrophysiology of cortical dynamics of the transition to epilepsy, and its reference to intrinsic brain state, using mathematical and signal processing methods, (ii) MR imaging of epilepsy of focal epilepsy nonlesional by conventional methods, (iii) The cognition-epilepsy intersection in a variety of contexts, and (iv) Study of the clinical diagnostic process in medicine and the cognitive process of decision making.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Kalamangalam has delivered lecture style classes to medical students, residents and fellows, in addition to regular clinic and hospital rounds-based teaching to rotating students and junior doctors. At the institutional level, he has delivered multiple grand-rounds presentations to interested departments (internal medicine, neurosurgery, etc.). He participates in city-wide, state-wide, and national workshops and teaching conferences on epilepsy-related topics.

Medical Education

Jawaharlal Institute (JIPMER), Puducherri, India (1989)


JIPMER Hospital, Puducherri, India (1989)

Graduate School

University of Oxford, United Kingdom (1995)


Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (1997)
Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow, United Kingdom (2005)


Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2004)

Awards and Recognition

‘Top Doctor’, Houstonia magazine, Houston, TX (2015, 2016)
Milken Family Early Career Award, American Epilepsy Society (2007)
Rhodes Scholarship (India) to Oxford University (1989-1992)

Professional Society Affiliations

Fellow, American Epilepsy Society
Fellow, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of London
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow
American Neurological Association
American Association for Advancement of Science
Society for Neuroscience
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine


Kalamangalam GP, Chelaru IM, Slater JD (2016). A unified statistical model for the human electrocorticogram. Clinical Neurophysiology. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2016.06.027.

Kalamangalam GP & Tandon N (2016). Stereo-EEG implantation strategy. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology 33(6): 483-9.

Kalamangalam GP, Ellmore TM (2014). Focal cortical thickness correlates of exceptional memory training in Vedic priests. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00833.

Kalamangalam GP, Tandon N, Slater JD (2014). Dynamic mechanisms underlying afterdischarge: A human subdural recording study. Clinical Neurophysiology 125 (7): 1324-1328.

Kalamangalam GP, Nelson JT, Ellmore TM, Narayana PA (2012). Oxygen-enhanced MRI: A novel modality for temporal lobe epilepsy diagnosis and lateralization. Epilepsy Research 98: 50-61.

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Contact Information

Department of Neurology
Box 100236
Gainesville, FL 32610
(352) 273-5550 (phone)
(352) 273-5575 (fax)