Farhan A. Mirza, MD

  • Director, Adult and Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery
4.79 out of 5


  • Epilepsy
  • Brain cancer
  • 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)
    • Pediatric Epilepsy
    • Benign and Malignant Brain Tumors
    • Skull Base Tumors
    • Chiari Malformation
    • Cavernoma

Procedures Performed

  • Neurosurgery - Pediatric
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Awake Craniotomy for Brain Mapping for Epilepsy and Brain Tumors
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumors, Skull Base Tumors, Chiari Malformations, Cavernomas
  • Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) for Hydrocephalus
    • Cysts
    • Spinal lipomas and congenital malformations
    • 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


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 Adult & Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery, Dr. Mirza focuses on the surgical treatment of refractory epilepsy, brain tumors, and pediatric neurosurgical diseases. 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). Dr. Mirza is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), and is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS).

Faculty Rank

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

Training & Education


MD, Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan


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


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

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Patient Stories

Ratings & Reviews

4.79 out of 5
12 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

  • Patient Review

    Yes pulled MRI up on screen and explained difference in the different MRIs

    Patient Review

    Dr. Mirza is a caring doctor that addresses all questions and concerns that my husband and I had. He takes his time to explain everything thoroughly.

    Patient Review

    I would recommend UK neuroscience center to anyone with a neuro disorder. This group of doctors will provide quality care.

    Patient Review

    Seemed concerned about your health.

    Patient Review

    I wish that I could have had this opportunity for this opportunity for such great care in my past
    • Patient Review

      Dr Mirza is perfect!!!!!!
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Mirza is a caring, knowledgeable doctor that takes his time... discussing the next step in my care. He listens to mine and ... my husbands concerns as we decide how to move ahead.
    • Patient Review

      *Dr. Mirza is amazing. Listens, explains thoroughly and is kind and thoughtful.
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Mirza was incredibly kind and helpful. He made a scary appointment much more pleasant by explaining all of my symptoms and planning a follow-up.
    • Patient Review

      *Dr. Mirza truly cares about all his patients. I greatly appreciated how he lays out time and patience for questions. He truly and I mean TRULY cares. Thank you *Dr. Mirza for always taking care of my medical concerns. Keep doing great things!
    • Patient Review

      *Dr. Mirza is wonderful. He is patient, caring, thorough and connects w/our daughter and our whole family to ensure we are comfortable and understand everything. He also shows us that he cares about the outcomes and wants what is best for our daughter.
    • Patient Review

      Literally the best doctor I've seen yet for the chiari malfunction . He actually explained everything and I actually understood what he meant . He's pretty good at his job .