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Basem Uthman

Basem Uthman

Sector : Academic Figures , Doctors

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Qatar
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1957
  • Age : 58
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Dr. Uthman, who received his M.D. from the American University of Beirut, has been a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) since 2008. Prior to joining WCMC-Q, Dr. Uthman was a faculty member at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Department of Neurology, since 1991 and in the school's Department of Neuroscience since 1996. Dr. Uthman has taught medical and graduate courses in neurology, epilepsy and electroencephalography (EEG).

Dr. Uthman's research interests include clinical studies in the treatment of epilepsy, pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs, seizures in the elderly, treatment of acute seizure disorders and status epilepticus and neurostimulation for treatment of epilepsy. His pioneering pilot studies regarding the safety and feasibility of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in humans brought this novel method of therapy to the frontiers of modern treatment of intractable epilepsy. He has served on a number of committees and boards, ranging from 12-year service on the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, VA Medical Center, Gainesville, Florida to his more recent service on the Research and Development Committee, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Uthman is an opinion leader in the field of epilepsy and serves as member of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Dr. Uthman is board certified in Neurology and clinical neurophysiology and serves as an examiner for the Americal Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Dr. Uthman teaches his specialty of Neurology to Medical students over the four years of preclinical and clinical training they spend at WCMC-Q and Hamad Medical Center (HMC). He is co-director of the Brain and Mind course and director of Neurology Clerkship, preparing students to handle neurological symptoms and conditions safely and effectively regardless of what residency or specialty they choose. Realizing the wealth of pathology and staff at HMC, he foresees a structured residency training program that will prepare interested Medical graduates to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. As an advocate for patients whose lives have been touched by epilepsy, he foresees the creation of a "Gulf Epilepsy Foundation in Qatar" that will be a resource knowledge and education for those patients and their families in Qatar and the region. In collaboration with colleagues at the Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Neurology at HMC, he hopes to establish a comprehensive epilepsy program that can provide world-class diagnostic and treatment options utilizing cutting-edge video-EEG monitoring tools and therapies, obviating the need for patients seeking medical attention for epilepsy to travel abroad.


Achievements and Awards


•Uthman BM, (Elaine Wyllie, ed. in chief). Part IV- Antiepileptic Medications: Chapter 68: Less Commonly Used Antiepileptic Drugs. In Wyllie’s Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice. Fifth Edition. Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins Co, 2011, pp 779-789
•Uthman BM, Bazil C, Beydoun A, Schulze-Bonhage A, Benabou R, Whalen E, Emir B, Griesing T, Leon T. Long term add-on pregabalin treatment in patients with partial-onset epilepsy: Pooled analysis of open-label clinical trials. Epilepsia 2010;51(6):968-978
•Zhang J, Xanthopoulos P, Liu C-C, Bearden S, Uthman BM, Pardalos PM. Real-time differentiation of nonconvulsive status epilepticus from other encephalopathies using quantitative EEG analysis: A pilot study. Epilepsia 2010;51(2):243-50
•Xanthopoulos P, Liu CC, Zhang J, Miller ER, Nair SP, Uthman BM, Kelly K, Pardalos PM. A robust spike and wave algorithm for detecting seizures in a genetic absence seizure model. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2009; 2009:2184-7
•Bearden S, Uthman B. Cerebral Hemodynamic Compromise Associated with Limb Shaking TIA and Focal EEG Slowing. Am J Electroneurodiagnostic Technol 2009; 49:225-243

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