Professor of Neurology, Director of Epilepsy, George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia
Mohamad Zakaria Koubeissi, MD, FAAN, FANA, FAES, is Professor of Neurology, Director of the Epilepsy Center at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Koubeissi earned his bachelor's degree with Distinction in Mathematics (1995) and his medical degree (1999) from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. He spent a year as a postdoctoral research fellow at AUB before he pursued his clinical training in Neurology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY (2000-2002), New York University in New York, NY (2002-2004), and in Epilepsy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD (2004-2006). He was on faculty at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH for 6 years before he joined George Washington University in 2012. During, and after, his training, Dr. Koubeissi has started new lines of research projects in epilepsy. He has lectured on the medical and surgical treatment of intractable epilepsy all over the Unites States as well as in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He has published his papers in esteemed medical journals, and has edited four books on epilepsy. He directs the annual Epilepsy Board review Course and the world-renowned, live-streaming monthly Epilepsy Grand Rounds at GWU, is a reviewer for a number of major journals, Fellow of the AAN, ANA, and AES, and has earned numerous other honors, including the Innovation Award from the School of Engineering at Case Western in 2012. Dr. Koubeissi’s research on consciousness and epilepsy was featured in a National Geographic documentary that aired in November 2015 all over the world in more than 50 languages.
Dr. Koubeissi has served as an editorial board member of Epilepsy Currents, Functional Neurology, and is the surgery and device editor of Epilepsy.com, received research support from the Coulter Foundation, Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN), and a device grant from Medtronic, received institutional support from George Washington University for epilepsy research, and is a member of the speakers’ bureaus of UCB, Greenwich, Eisai, and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. He has two patents: "Electrical Stimulation Of The Claustrum For Treatment Of Epilepsy" and "Stimulation Of The Forno-dorso-commissure (fdc) For Seizure Suppression And Memory Improvement".