UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Karkar, Kameel Michel

School of Medicine
(210) 450-00500

I am a neurologist with subspecialty expertise in epilepsy. Service has been my primary focus since my appointment in 2009 as clinical assistant professor. My service activities have primarily focused on caring for patients with medically intractable epilepsy, both in the clinic and at the hospital. I have an active tertiary level outpatient practice focusing on patients with complicated epilepsy. Administratively, I am the medical director of the UHS Epilepsy Clinic. In addition, I attend at the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit of University Hospital where I lead a dedicated group of epilepsy fellows, physician assistants, nurses, and EEG technologists in characterizing patients seizures and performing presurgical evaluations. One of my key functions as an epileptologist is also to collaborate with our neurosurgery colleagues on pre-surgical evaluations (starting at the weekly epilepsy surgery conference and culminating with recording seizure activity directly from the brain around the time of surgery). In addition, I serve uninsured patients at the Epilepsy Foundation clinic. Also in collaboration with the Epilepsy Foundation, one leadership role that I am especially proud of is organizing the 2013 Epilepsy Foundation/UT Medicine patient conference, an annual opportunity for patients to interface with neurology/epilepsy specialists from UT Medicine. I have also regularly given talks to patients and their caregivers at that conference. I have served community physician groups by giving lectures on neurology/epilepsy topics: BHS Stroke Symposium, the annual meeting of the Texas Association of Family Physicians, lectures at the annual joint UT/Epilepsy Foundation Conference.

In the context of clinical service, I perform bedside teaching of fellows, residents, and medical students (including dedicated teaching sessions to medical students during my past general neurology ward service). Dedicated teaching activities include: Neuroscience Grand Round presentations to faculty, fellows, residents; didactic teaching lectures on clinical epilepsy/EEG topics to neurology residents and rotating students; as well as leading residents and fellows in epilepsy journal club discussions.

I have a strong interest in research, currently investigating non-lesional human focal epilepsy with non-invasive connectivity approaches including fMRI. Although research is not my primary area, I have been active in performing studies and have presented at annual IIMS and CBN retreats as well as at the premier international gathering of epilepsy, the American Epilepsy Society. I have submitted applications for CTSA/IIMS pilot funding and received one TTR award. My interest in research has motivated me to serve in other research related domains including: grant reviews for (CTSA/IIMS), IRB membership, service on a graduate student QE committee, providing clinical input to the RII MRI group, mentoring students who have assisted me with research projects, and coordinating our monthly departmental Epilepsy Research Conference. In terms of other committee work, I have served the university on the faculty senate for a full two-year term, both in general sessions and at the subcommittee level.

In summary, I have had the privilege of serving patients with neurological disease, especially epilepsy, through my clinical work, administrative leadership, as well as my volunteer activities with the Epilepsy Foundation. My interest in research has also motivated me to serve in other capacities of grant review, mentorship and research-related committee work. I have also been committed to teaching activities of my peers and trainees of our department.

10/2010 - Present Attending Physician Baptist Health System, San Antonio, TX
9/2009 - Present Attending Physician University Health System, Neurology, San Antonio, TX
9/2009 - Present Assistant Professor/Clinical University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Neurology, San Antonio, TX
9/2009 - Present Attending Physician Audie L. Murphy Veteran''s Administration Medical Center, Neurology, San Antonio, TX