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Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-822-1750


6701 Fannin Street
Suite 1250
Houston, TX 77030

Davut Pehlivan, MD

Instructor, Neurology

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine Residency Child Neurology 2018
University of Istanbul School of Medicine Residency Genetics 2008
University of Istanbul School of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2004


As a doctor my philosophy is to treat and care for any individual regardless of their background. Seeing the recovery of a child (a crying, debilitated child to a smiling and running around child) is the best reward I can get in life.

Clinical Interests:

My clinical interest in neurology is broadly neurogenetic conditions more specifically neuromuscular disorders and brain development/malformation disorders. 

Research Interests:

I like to perform research on genetically undiagnosed patients using cutting edge genetic technology. In the long term, I would like to develop treatments and eventually apply them to my patients in clinic.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Neurology Member
American Society of Human Genetics Member
Child Neurology Society Member

Selected Publications

Karaca E, Posey JE, Coban Akdemir Z, Pehlivan D, Harel T, Jhangiani SN, Bayram Y, Song X, Bahrambeigi V, Yuregir OO, Bozdogan S, Yesil G, Isikay S, Muzny D, Gibbs RA, Lupski JR.  Phenotypic expansion illuminates multilocus pathogenic variation. Genetics in Medicine 2018 Apr 26. doi: 10.1038/gim.2018.33.

Pehlivan D, Beck CR, Okamoto Y, Harel T, Akdemir ZH, Jhangiani SN, Withers MA, Goksungur MT, Carvalho CM, Czesnik D, Gonzaga-Jauregui C, Wiszniewski W, Muzny DM, Gibbs RA, Rautenstrauss B, Sereda MW, Lupski JR.  The role of combined SNV and CNV burden in patients with distal symmetric polyneuropathy. Genetics in Medicine 2016 May;18(5):443-51. 

Karaca E, Harel T, Pehlivan D, Jhangiani SN, ….. Chung WK, Gibbs RA, Lupski JR.Genes that Affect Brain Structure and Function Identified by Rare Variant Analyses of Mendelian Neurologic Disease. Neuron 2015 Nov 4;88(3):499-513. 

Gonzaga-Jauregui C, Harel T, Gambin T, Kousi M, Griffin LB, Francescatto L, Ozes B, Karaca E, Jhangiani SN, Bainbridge MN, Lawson KS, Pehlivan D, Okamoto Y, ……….. Katsanis N, Battaloglu E, Boerwinkle E, Gibbs RA, Lupski JR. Exome Sequence Analysis Suggests that Genetic Burden Contributes to Phenotypic Variability and Complex Neuropathy. Cell Report 2015 Aug 18;12(7):1169-83.

Pehlivan D, Coban Akdemir Z, Karaca E, Bayram Y, Jhangiani S, Yildiz EP, Muzny D, Uluc K, Gibbs RA; Baylor-Hopkins Center for Mendelian Genomics, Elcioglu N, Lupski JR, Harel T. Exome sequencing reveals homozygous TRIM2 mutation in a patient with early onset CMT and bilateral vocal cord paralysis. Human Genetics 2015 Jun;134(6):671-3.

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