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Department Epilepsy Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Epilepsy Pharmacotherapy with Call Office
  • Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation
  • First Seizure Assessment
  • Video EEG Monitoring
View all 6 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult Epilepsy
  • Brain Malformations Causing Epilepsy
  • Complex Epilepsy in Adults
  • Epilepsy
  • Intractable (Drug Resistant) Epilepsy
  • Malformations of Cortical Development
  • Non-Epileptic Seizure
  • Seizures
  • Sleep and Epilepsy Issues
  • Status Epilepticus (Continuous Seizures)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Causing Seizures
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About Jocelyn Bautista, MD

Jocelyn Bautista, MD, is board-certified in Adult Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. She is an Associate Professor of Neurology with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine. Her specialty interests include adult epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, familial epilepsy, evidenced-based medicine, psychogenic nonepileptic seizures and quality of care in epilepsy. She served as the Quality Improvement Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute from 2007 to 2016.

She graduated from University of Illinois, completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine and internship and neurology residency training at Yale University School of Medicine. Following residency training, Dr. Bautista completed a two-year clinical fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at Cleveland Clinic.

Upon completing her epilepsy fellowship, she received an American Academy of Neurology clinical research training fellowship award to begin her own study of familial epilepsy and to pursue training in genetic epidemiology at Case Western Reserve University. This work resulted in a Nature Genetics paper identifying a gene responsible for a familial syndrome of generalized epilepsy and paroxysmal dyskinesia. In 2005, she received an National Institutes of Health-mentored patient-oriented research career development award (K23) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to pursue further training and research in the complex genetics of human epilepsies. She has participated in multicenter international research consortiums and has ongoing research collaborations with the Lerner Research Institute. She also serves on the Neurology Standing Committee at the National Quality Forum which endorses metrics for use in national quality improvement initiatives.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Clinical Neurophysiology (Neurology)
Cleveland, OH United States

Residency - Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT

Internship - Yale-New Haven Hospital
Internal Medicine
New Haven, CT

Medical Education - Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Undergraduate - University of Illinois Hospital at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

Professional Highlights

  • American Academy of Neurology Clinical Research Training Fellowship Award, 2001
  • Her work led to the identification a gene responsible for a familial syndrome of generalized epilepsy and paroxysmal dyskinesia
  • National Institutes of Health grant to pursue further training and research in the complex genetics of human epilepsies, 2005
  • Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award, 2005
  • Presented “Gene Mapping in Complex Epilepsies” at the NIH-Sponsored Curing Epilepsy 2007 Junior Investigator Symposium
  • Served as NIH/NINDS Epilepsy Benchmark Steward, 2007 to 2013
  • Served on AAN/AES Antiepileptic Drug Guidelines Committee, 2008 to 2018
  • Served on National Quality Forum Neurology Standing Committee, 2012-2013, 2016 to 2020


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Epilepsy
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology

Specialty Interests

adult and geriatric epilepsy, adult epilepsy, clinical drug trials, clinical neurophysiology, EEG, Epilepsy, genetics, genetics of epilepsy, invasive EEG monitoring for pre-surgical evaluations, Seizure disorder treatment and surgery in brain malformations, seizure manifestations, vagus nerve stimulation, Video EEG


  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Epilepsy Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/26/2023, Dr. Bautista has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

136 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Dr Bautista is caring and thorough. Very happy with her care.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

Dr. Bautista is professional, thoughtful, empathetic and knowledgeable. She took time with me. I did not feel hurried or rushed. The examination was thorough. She demonstrated concern that both of us were making sure that all efforts were being made to ensure continued stabilization of my condition.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

Phenomenal physician - best in the field. Excellent staff!

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

It was a good visit and my doctor cared for how things were going since my last visit and how we should proceed next. She didn't just tell me what we would do, she included me in the decision.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

Dr. Bautista is the best there is. She is incredibly kind, compassionate and knowledgeable. Dr. Bautista is a team player. It is all about the patient.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2024

Dr. Bautista is the best. She LISTENS and is so incredibly respectful, professional and KIND. Morgan loves Dr. Bautista.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Dr. Bautista always incorporates shared decision making when changing care. I'm usually indecisive but she is patient and we get through it together. I so appreciate her.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2024

"Very good" all the way across may seem cliche and as if I wasn't interested in taking this survey, but I have only good things to say about Dr. Bautista. She is not only an amazing doctor, but a very caring person to boot

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

I'm very happy with Dr. Bautista! She's been great, I feel like she's been proactive with my care and when medication doesn't work she's quick to respond and work to find a solution. She was also very helpful to explain the results of my in-stay hospital visit and put me at ease.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

I feel like I get the care and attention I need from these appointments. The checkups feel like I've gotten the care and attention of being there for an hour even though they're only 20-30 minutes. I like her much more than the neurologist I had in the past.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr Bautista is capable, kind, and thorough.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2023

Dr. Bautista is one of the kindest understanding and knowledgeable Doctors I ever had.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2023

Dr. Bautista is the best

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Dr. Bautista is always kind and empathetic

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Dr. Bautista is very thorough at every appointment, discussing my issue, treatments, possible testing, etc. She never rushes me, she treats me as if I am her only patient during the visit, spending all the time I need, answering my questions. She doesn't treat me as an epileptic but as a person who is getting treated for epilepsy. I hit the jackpot when I became her patient.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Love Dr Bautista!!

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr. Bautista took adequate time during the appointment, which I appreciated. I did not feel like a number as I did when I had my MRI experience. She is thorough, thoughtful, highly professional, and caring. I trust her with my care.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Dr Bautista is extremely knowledgeable, very organized and efficient

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

My appointment was scheduled by my doctor on a previous appointment.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

My doctor is always courteous, respectful and thorough. She also always listens to me and asks how I feel we should proceed.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Always have an excellent call and visit with Dr. Bautista. She's well aware of my condition and me as well.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr Bautista was wonderful. She took good care of me and was very patient and thorough.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

She was wonderful

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Excellent provider, interested in my case. Spent adequate time with me.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

I always feel that Dr Bautista takes my concerns seriously and sincerely wants me to get better. She is so calm and positive. She gives me hope. She and her nurse are the best I've had.

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