Issam Awad, MD

Issam Awad

John Harper Seeley Professor of Surgery

Director, Neurovascular Surgery

Issam A. Awad, MD, is an internationally recognized leader in neurosurgery. He is skilled in the surgical management of neurovascular conditions affecting the brain and spinal cord, including cerebral aneurysms, cerebrovascular malformations, carotid surgery, hemorrhagic stroke and skull base tumors. 

Dr. Awad's research focuses on vascular biology, genetics, and comprehensive outcome analysis in neurovascular disease and stroke. His active projects include National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded investigations of molecular mechanisms involved in the formation and progression of cerebrovascular malformations. Additionally, he leads several clinical trials on minimally invasive techniques for surgical treatment of hemorrhagic stroke.

Dr. Awad’s research contributions have spanned more than two decades. His scientific innovations include the characterization of subcortical ischemic lesions in the aged, advances in the understanding of the natural history and biologic behavior of cerebral vascular malformations, and numerous technical advances in neurovascular and epilepsy surgery. 

Recognized as a pioneering and productive scholar, Dr. Awad has educated scores of neurosurgeon trainees and holds prominent editorial responsibilities. He has authored leading textbooks and published more than 250 scholarly papers related to clinical innovations, surgical outcomes and research.

Additionally, Dr. Awad has been elected to some of the most distinguished professional societies and has held leadership positions in professional and learned societies in the United States and around the world. He has served as President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Chairman of the Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Chairman of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and on the Executive Committee of the American Stroke Association and the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. He is the Founding Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of Angioma Alliance. He has been recognized as one of the "Best Doctors in America" for more than a decade.