UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Karkar, Kameel Michel

School of Medicine
(210) 450-0500

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 clinical service has focused on caring for patients with medically intractable epilepsy, both in the clinic and at the hospital. I have an active 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 to collaborate with neurosurgery colleagues on pre-surgical evaluations. 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 epilepsy specialists from UT Medicine and the community. I have also regularly given talks to patients and their caregivers at that conference. I have served city and state community physician groups by giving lectures on neurology/epilepsy topics and by providing informal consultations on patient management and EEG interpretation. At the national level, I am a member of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and the American Clinical Neurophysiology society (ACNS). At AES, I have been a member of two Special Interest Groups (SIGs) since 2010. At the SIG meetings, we vote on topics of interest for presentation and discuss presentations of clinical and research topics. SIG meetings have provided me a forum to meet and interact with other epileptologists from the United States and beyond, some of whom have also gotten to know me from presenting abstracts at AES. At AES, I am also a member of the Practice Management Committee. At ACNS, I am a member of the International Relations Committee, tasked with increasing international access to annual ACNS meetings and with organizing joint symposia with fellow societies in the Americas.

In the context of clinical service, I perform bedside teaching of fellows, residents, and medical students. 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. I have performed several pilot studies and have presented at annual IIMS and CBN retreats as well as at annual AES meetings. I have submitted applications for CTSA/IIMS pilot funding and received a 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, mentoring students on 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 and I am a regular member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

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. I have also served in other capacities of grant review, mentorship and committee work. At the national level, I have actively participated in Special Interest Group meetings at AES and I am a member of two national society committees. I have also been committed to teaching activities of my peers and trainees of our departme

9/2015 - Present Medical Director, UHS Seizure Clinic University Health System, San Antonio, TX
4/2015 - Present Coordinator, Epilepsy Research University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Neurology, San Antonio, TX
10/2010 - Present Attending Physician Baptist Health System, 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
9/2009 - Present Attending Physician University Health System, Neurology, San Antonio, TX