Rafeed Alkawadri, MD, is a neurologist whose goal is to provide every patient with epilepsy freedom from seizures and excellent quality of life. “I have many patients who have gone on to pursue life interests after being disabled by epilepsy, including math, nursing, law and medicine,” he says.
Dr. Alkawadri, an assistant professor of neurology at Yale School of Medicine, cares for epileptic patients through all stages of diagnosis and treatment, including pre-surgical evaluation, intracranial EEG and cortical mapping. He continues to be inspired by the complexities of the human brain.
As the director of Yale’s Brain Mapping Program, Dr. Alkawadri is a principal investigator in several ongoing research projects, and is especially interested in approaches to mapping functional, natural and epileptic brain networks. “Recent advances in computer science, signal processing, and EEG amplifiers + fMRI technology are important developments in our field,” he says. All of these advances are part of the evolving landscape in the early identification of medically intractable epilepsy.