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Farhan A. Mirza, MD

Director, Epilepsy Surgery
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Farhan A. Mirza, MD
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Specialties

  • Anterior Skull Base Surgery
  • Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Conditions treated

    Refractory Epilepsy,  Drug Resistant Epilepsy,  Focal Epilepsy,  Temporal Lobe Epilepsy,  Mesial Temporal Sclerosis,  Extra-temporal Epilepsy (Frontal, Insular, Parietal, Occipital),  Hemispheric Epilepsy (Rasmussen’s Encephalitis, Hemimegalencephaly, Peri-Natal Stroke, Hemispheric FCD, Sturge Weber Syndrome),  Epilepsy Associated with Brain Tumors, Cavernomas and Cortical Migration Abnormalities,  Generalized Epilepsy with Atonic Drop Attacks,  Posterior Quadrant Epilepsy,  Focal Cortical Dysplasia,  Syndromic Epilepsy (Tuberous Sclerosis, Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, Landau Kleffner Syndrome, Others),  Benign and Malignant Brain Tumors,  Skull Base Tumors
  • About

    Dr. Mirza received his medical degree from the Aga Khan University Medical College (AKU-MC) in Karachi, Pakistan, and then completed neurosurgery residency at the University of Kentucky. Following residency, he received subspecialty fellowship training in adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery, as well as adult brain tumors, at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. He was also a visiting fellow in pediatric epilepsy surgery at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children in London, England.

    At the University of Kentucky, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of Epilepsy Surgery, Dr. Mirza focuses on the surgical treatment of refractory epilepsy and brain tumors. He is particularly interested in improving provision of epilepsy surgery for all patients who are suffering from medically refractory epilepsy, in the State of Kentucky and beyond. He is also interested in awake operations for brain tumors, particularly those within or in proximity to eloquent regions of the brain (which control speech, movement, sensation, and cognitive processing), to achieve maximal tumor removal and preserve patient's function after surgery.

    Dr. Mirza is a member of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS).

    Faculty Rank

    Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery (Epilepsy Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, & Skull Base Surgery)

    Degree

    MD, Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

    Fellowship

    Epilepsy Surgery, The Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Visiting Fellow in Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children, London, United Kingdom

    Residency

    Neurosurgery, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

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  • Procedures performed

    • Awake Craniotomy for Brain Mapping for Epilepsy and Brain Tumors
    • Craniotomy for Brain Tumors and Skull Base Tumors
    • Epilepsy Surgery (including below):
    • Electrode Placement for Stereotactic Electroencephalography (SEEG) using ROSA Robot for Seizure Localization
    • Intracranial Grid Placement for Seizure Localization
    • Temporal Resection
    • Selective Amygdalohippocampectomy
    • Extra-Temporal Resection/Topectomy/Lesionectomy
    • Functional Hemispheric Disconnection (Rasmussen’s Encephalitis, Hemimegalencephaly, Peri-natal Stroke, Hemispheric FCD, Sturge-Weber Syndrome)
    • Temporo-Parieto-Occipital (TOP) Disconnection
    • Corpus Callosotomy
    • Multiple Subpial Transections (MST)
    • Neurostimulation (VNS, RNS)
    • Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation (RF-TC) for Hypothalamic Hamartoma, PVNH, and other cortical migration abnormalities