Kinshuk Sahaya, MD

Kinshuk Sahaya, MD, is an adult epileptologist at Minnesota Epilepsy Group.

Dr. Sahaya received medical school training at University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), University of Delhi (India). He then completed his neurology residency at University of Missouri – Columbia and fellowships in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at University of Michigan. He has also conducted laboratory-based post-doc research at both UCMS and University of Michigan exploring the neurobiology of cognitive functions, and epilepsy. Previously, he has served as a full-time academic faculty member at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He is also an adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology at UAMS.

His areas of expertise and interest include adult epilepsy, difficult to treat epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, outcome-based clinical research, multidisciplinary care of people with epilepsy, and program development. He is passionate about neurology and epilepsy education. Outside of medicine his interests include good food/dining, fitness, microbreweries, and hopelessly spoiling his niece and nephew.

Dr. Sahaya puts focus on helping patients achieve their highest quality of life, while also taking every opportunity to learn from his patients. “I am fascinated by how epilepsy and seizures offer a unique window into the inner functioning of the brain. I am constantly amazed and humbled by what my patients have to teach me while I help them understand and best manage their own health.”

He is well published and has authored several peer-reviewed articles, invited reviews, and a book-chapter on Epilepsy. He is heavily involved in professional education. He has served as an invited faculty speaker in several professional society meetings and academic institutions. He is also a fellow of both American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society.

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate / Medical School – University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India
  • Residency – University of Missouri- Columbia, Columbia, MO
  • Fellowship – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Areas Of Expertise

Areas of Active Interest – Adult Epilepsy, Epilepsy surgery, Outcome based clinical research, Multidisciplinary care of PWE, Neurology and Epilepsy Education, Practice management, Program development

Selected Publications

Book Chapter
  • Greenfield LJ, Sahaya K, Shihabuddin B, Tietz EI, Rosenberg HC. Benzodiazepines. In: Wyllie E, Cascino GD, Gidal BE, Goodkin HP, editors. Wyllie’s Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia. Lippincot Williams& Wilkins
Research Articles
  • Wong VSS, Stevenson M, Mott J, Sahaya K. Seizure and epilepsy publication in non-neurology journals.Epilepsy Behav. 2019; 93:7-11
  • Way K, Romo CG, Sahaya K. “Non-Clinical” Aspects of Medical Practice (NCAM): Longitudinal didactic curriculum to enhance preparedness in the practice of medicine. A pilot-project. J Ark Med Soc. J Ark Med Soc. 2018; 115:30-33
  • Hinduja A, Habetz K, Raina SK, Fitzgerald R, Sahaya K. Predictors of seizures in patients with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome. Epilepsy Behav 2016; 61: 97-101
  • Gupta HV, Vengoechea J, Sahaya K, Virmani T. A splice site mutation in ATP6AP2 causes X-linked intellectual disability, epilepsy, and parkinsonism. Parkinsonism RelatDisord. 2015;21:1473-5.
  • Gliske SV, Irwin ZT, Davis KA, Sahaya K, Chestex C, Stacey WC. Fully automated, universal detector of quality high frequency oscillations. J ClinNeurophysiol. 2015. pii: S1388-2457(15)00725-7
  • Kehrl JM, Sahaya K, Dalton HM, Charbeneau RA, Kohut KT, Gilbert K, Pelz MC, Parent J, Neubig RR. Gain-of-function mutation in Gnao1: a murine model of epileptiform encephalopathy (EIEE17)? Mamm Genome. 2014; 25:202-10.
  • Sahaya K, Pandey AS, Thompson G, Bush B, Minecan D. Intraoperative monitoring for intracranial aneurysms: The Michigan experience. J ClinNeurophysiol. J ClinNeurophysiol. 2014;31:563-7.
  • Sahaya K, Dholakia SA, Sahota PK. Psychogenic non epileptic seizure: a challenging entity. J ClinNeurosci. 2011;18:1602-7
  • Sahaya K, Dholakia S, Lardizabal D, Sahota PK. What are we thinking? Opinion survey of health care providers towards psychogenic non epileptic seizures. Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery 2012;114:1304-7
  • Sahaya K, Goyal MK, Sarwal A, Singh N. Levetiracetam induced thrombocytopenia. A retrospective study. Epilepsia. 2010; 51:2492-2495
  • Gyanendra K, Sahaya K, Goyal MK, Sivaraman M, Sahota PK. Electroencephalogram (EEG) in Baclofen-induced encephalopathy. J ClinNeurosci. 2010 ;17:1594-6
  • Sahaya K, Lardizabal D. Catatonia in encephalitis and nonconvulsive seizures: A case report and review of the literature. Epilepsy Behav. 2010;17:420-5
  • Sahaya K, Dhand UK, Goyal M, Soni CR, Sahota PK. Recurrent epileptic Wernicke aphasia. J Neurol Sci. 2010; 291:98-9.
  • Bharal N, Sahaya K, Jain S, Mediratta PK, Sharma KK. Curcumin has anticonvulsant activity on increasing current electroshock seizures in mice. Phytother Res. 2008; 22: 1660-4
  • Sahaya K, Mahajan P, Mediratta PK, Ahmed RS, Sharma KK. Reversal of lindane-induced impairment of step-down passive avoidance and oxidative stress by neurosteroids in rats. Toxicology. 2007; 239:116-26.

Interests Outside Medicine

Random vague stuff- Good food/dining, Micro-breweries, struggling at the golf-range, spoiling my nieces and nephew.

Leadership & Membership

Professional Organizations

Fellow of American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society, Graduate Practice Leadership Program (2020-2021) AAN,

Leadership Roles

Committee Co-Chair, Resident EEG education, American Epilepsy Society.

Neurology Residency Program Director (past) University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Chief Resident (Past), Chief fellow (past)

Medical Licenses

MN (active)

Clinic Nurse

Tashia P.

Academic Affiliation

Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (current)

Additional Education/ Training

  • Post-doc research
  • Department of Pharmacology, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India
  • Neurogenesis Laboratory, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan
  • Executive MBA candidate (2021-2023): Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Selected Awards

  • 2020 A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award- American Academy of Neurology.
  • 06/2017 Faculty of the year- UAMS Department of Neurology
  • 06/2017 Faculty of the year- UAMS Department of Neurology
  • 05/2013 Best Fellow poster- Neuroscience day, University of Michigan
  • 2013 “Making a difference” award, University of Michigan
  • 2012 Team award for excellence in stroke care, University of Missouri
  • 12/2002 Silver Medal in Pediatrics, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India