Michael Lobatz, M.D.

Dr. Lobatz is accepting patients by referral only.

The Medical Director Emeritus of the Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Senior Neurologist and co-founder of The Neurology Center of Southern California, Dr. Michael A. Lobatz MD has a degree in biomedical engineering and was a James Scholar and graduate of the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Lobatz completed his internship and neurology residency at the University of California, San Diego where he also served as chief resident. He was on the voluntary clinical faculty for the San Diego Naval Medical Center and was a voluntary clinical assistant professor of neurology at the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

Dr. Lobatz is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and past Chief-of-Staff of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas with specialized interests as a neurologist in the diagnosis treatment and rehabilitation of brain injury, stroke, neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Lobatz provided direction and oversight of the entire rehabilitation program including the Brain Injury Program at the Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas for over 20 years.

Dr. Lobatz has participated in numerous clinical research trials during his career including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, acute stroke intervention, brain injury, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and many others.

Dr. Lobatz is on the steering committee and co-clinical chair of the San Diego Alzheimer Project Clinical Round Table. He has collaborated with multiple health systems in San Diego County to develop clinical standards for the screening of cognitive dysfunction, the evaluation of patients with suspect dementia and treatments for conditions associated with dementia. This interdisciplinary committee brought together experts in neurology, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, geriatrics whose work has been assembled in print and electronic formats for primary care physicians. https://championsforhealth.org/alzheimers-project/

With more than 35 years of experience he has encountered numerous different and complex clinical problems and has helped to impart that knowledge and experience by frequently lecturing and teaching medical students, residents, and practicing physicians in both the art and science of neurology and neuro-rehabilitation. Dr. Lobatz has chaired the international conference on Brain Injury Rehabilitation at Scripps for 14 years. (https://www.scripps.org/event_schedules/13-braininjurycme). He has participated in numerous administrative and leadership positions in health care at both the hospital and multihospital system levels.

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology

Medical Education

University of Illinois College of Medicine, MD, 1977



University of California, San Diego, Neurology, 1981
Chief Resident