About Joel M. Apides

Neurologist serving Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, CA, and the surrounding areas

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Dr. Apides is board-certified in Neurology, with a subspecialty in Neurophysiology, by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Subspecialties. Recently retired, Dr. Apides serves as a clinical advisor for Brain Treatment Center Carlsbad.

Throughout his career, Dr. Apides has had extensive experience in managing chronic migraine headaches, stroke, and neuromuscular disorders.

Additionally, he has a great deal of experience in dealing with returning military personnel who have suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Moreover, Dr. Apides has substantial neurophysiology experience with nerve conduction studies (NCS), electromyography (EMG) tests, and electroencephalography (EEG). He also has experience with Botulinum Toxin A injections for chronic migraine headaches, upper and lower limb spasticity, torticollis, and hemifacial spasms.

And in 2009, as a result of his determination to provide the best in patient care, he was named a top 5 pain management provider of the United States Navy Medicine, by patient survey.

Dr. Apides completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine Philippines. This is also where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree. He then obtained his rotational medical internship at Saint Louis University, Hospital of the Sacred Heart, and subsequent internal medicine internship at Saint Francis Medical Center, New Jersey.

Following this, he received his neurology residency training and certification at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, and pursued neurophysiology fellowship training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology — Diplomate

ABPN subspecialty in Neurophysiology — Diplomate

NBPS (National Board of Physicians and Surgeons – Neurology and Neurophysiology) — Diplomate


1976-1980, Bachelor of Science in Biology, St. Louis University, Phil
Academic Scholar, Ministry of Education and Culture, Phil Cum Laude

1980-1984, Doctor of Medicine St. Louis University, Phil
Academic Scholar, NISGP, Ministry of Education and Culture, Phil. Meritus award, comprehensive oral and written examination at Completion of Clinical clerkship program

Professional Training

Rotational Internship: 1984-1985, St. Louis University, Phil

Postgraduate Internship: 1992-1993, St. Francis Medical Center, New Jersey. Voted “best post-graduate intern of the year” by medical and nursing staff

Neurology Residency: 1993-1996, National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), Bethesda, MD
Grand rounds at NIH and NNMC: Benign Monomelic amyotrophy

Fellowship training in Neurophysiology: 1999-2000, National Capital Consortium Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Work History

2000-December 2021, Naval Medical Center San Diego. Neurologist and Neurophysiologist Special interest in neurophysiology (EEG/EMG, EP’s), Botulinum Toxin A injections for chronic migraine headaches, spasticity, cervical torticollis, hyperhidrosis, hemifacial spasms, Traumatic brain injury, stroke, immunology.

EEG/EMG Director, Neuroscience Department 2002 -Neurology Division head, Neuroscience Dept 2003

Neurology Department head Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan

January 1990-December 1990
Physician’s Assistant, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Boron, California

United States Navy, Hospital Corpsman