David Y. Ko

Associate Professor of Neurology
Dr. David Y. Ko

Areas of treatment:



  • Neurology


  • Department of Neurology


  • English

David Y. Ko, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Dr. David Y. Ko is Associate Professor of Neurology at USC. He is a graduate of Columbia University where he was a Biology-Psychology major. Dr. Ko obtained his MD at George Washington University. He did his neurology residency at Thomas Jefferson University and was selected as Chief Resident. He did a three year fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was commissioned in the US Public Health service as Lt Commander. He serves veterans at the Los Angeles VA Outpatient clinic. He also treats epilepsy patients at LAC+USC Medical Center and at Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Ko was Chief of Neurology at LAC+USC and Director of EEG lab.

Dr. Ko is board certified in Neurology, Clinical neurophysiology and Epilepsy by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also board certified by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. His primary focus in clinical care is in the treatment of epilepsy with expertise in the medical and surgical management of epilepsy. His research interests lie in the development of new anti-epileptic drug (AED) and was principal investigator of many AED trials. He has designed drug trial for FDA approval of an AED. Dr. Ko is Co-Chair of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Los Angeles and is active in the American Epilepsy Society where he is on Medical Student and Resident Education Committee. Dr. Ko educates other physicians on the treatment of Epilepsy with presentations, publications including many internet articles. He has lectured widely at local, national and international meetings on epilepsy and treatment.

Dr. Ko is also involved in Korean American Epilepsy Society which fosters collaboration between Korea and America. He is President of Korean American Medical Association for 2014 to promote advancement and networking of growing Korean American Physicians as well as addressing health disparities in underserved areas like North Korea. He is also on the Board of the World Korean Medical Organization which is increasing a global outreach and exchange between Korean heritage physicians thoughtout the world.


George Washington University, M.D., 1988


Yale University School of Medicine, 1989


Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Neurology, 1992


National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, 1995


ABPN Neurology
Clinical Neurophysiology

Professional society memberships:

American Academy of Neurology
American Epilepsy Society
Los Angeles Neurological Society


President of Korean American Medical Association
Board of World Korean Medical Organization