UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Seifi, Ali

School of Medicine
(210) 567-5625

I am an associate professor of Neuro Critical Care at the University of Texas Health in San Antonio. I received my medical degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS), where I graduated with honors in 1996. My first residency was in anesthesiology critical care medicine at SUMS. I was an attending anesthesiologist at several institutions before I finally decided to continue my education in neurocritical care. My second residency was in internal medicine at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. After that, I completed a two-year neuro-critical care fellowship in Philadelphia at Thomas Jefferson University, a world-renowned neuroscience institution. This fellowship provided me with the opportunity to work on many challenging neurosurgical and neurological cases. I trained under several established neuroscience pioneers, such as professors A.M. Rostami, MD, Ph.D., Robert H. Rosenwasser, MD, and Rodney D. Bell, MD.

Education has always been one of my strongest passions. My parents are both teachers, so I think they passed on their love of that profession to me. It was this passion for teaching that ultimately led me to join the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio faculty after I finished my neuro-critical care fellowship with honors in 2012. I am currently an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery who has also served as an attending physician and director of neuro-critical care. As a neuro-intensivist, I provide multi-system care to patients with head trauma, intra cranial bleeding, Sub arachnoid Hemorrhage ( SAH), Stroke, spine trauma, meningitis, encephalitis and complex seizures . I also perform procedures such as intubation, central line placement, lumbar puncture, and bronchoscopy. I am Triple-Board Certified in anesthesiology, internal medicine, and neuro-critical care.

When the time came to expand University Hospital?s ICU, I was tasked with the goal of recruiting students, residents, and mid-level practitioners. The seven-bed ICU grew into an eighteen bed NICU that was capable of offering 24/7 coverage. The NICU now provides specialized care to patients with strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular diseases, seizures, and other medical complications, such as respiratory and cardiac diseases. It is the only intensive care unit in the region that is entirely dedicated to the care of neurologically ill patients and staffed by physicians and nurses who are specially trained in nervous system disease management. In 2016, I was appointed the director of University Hospital?s neuro-intensive care unit (NICU) and tasked with leading the unit?s daily operations. Shortly after, in 2017 I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Texas Health in San Antonio. My responsibilities as the director of the NICU include caring for critically-ill patients, creating protocols and guidelines, and making schedules for faculty, residents, and mid-level practitioners. I maintain a high level of involvement with patient care, perform bedside lessons for residents and students, and give daily lectures to my team.

I teach medical students whenever they rotate with me during their third and fourth-year neurology and neurosurgery clerkships. These sessions include longitudinal preceptorship, clinical skill instruction, and bedside teaching. I take the students to a simulation center and teach them how to do lumbar punctures, intubation, central line insertion, and arterial line insertion. I also organized a group of medical students that explains the fundamentals of research, including proposal composition, IRB submission, data collection, and analysis. The team helps students by reinforcing and supplementing the content delivered during formal elective study courses, which I also teach.

Whenever I teach, I try to elucidate complex medical subjects by breaking them down into more straightforward topics that are easier to understand. I think this has been a successful approach because medical students and residents frequently request my assistance with their research activities. So far, I have helped manage over fifty such projects in this manner. Because of my active involvement with both populations, I consecutively won ?The Excellence in Teaching Award? in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2020 at the University of Texas.

Several of the research projects I am currently conducting with my students focus on traumatic brain injury and cerebrovascular disease. Our efforts have brought about, for the first time in the field of neuroscience, a novel treatment for dyskinesia and accelerated PLEX in anti-NMDA encephalitis. We have also worked together to study health costs and utilization. Many of these activities have been published in clinical journals (JAMA ), mentioned in periodicals (the Washington Post), and discussed on the radio (NPR).

My passion and effort about making medical devices in collaborat

3/2019 - Present Director of Neuro Critical Care LifeCare Hospital of San Antonio, SAN ANTONIO, TX
9/2017 - Present Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Faculty Physician University of Texas Health at San Antonio, Anesthesiology, San Antonio, TX
9/2017 - Present Tenured - Associate professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Neuro Critical Care University of Texas Health at San Antonio, Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX
6/2015 - Present Associate Professor of Neurology and Attending Staff, Consultant University of Texas, Health Science Center, Neurology, San Antonio, TX
2/2015 - Present Director of Neuro Intensive Care Unit and Clinical Administrator University Hospital of San Antonio, Neurosurgery, SAN ANTONIO, TX
9/2013 - Present Director of Neuro Critical Care Baptist Saint Luke`s Hospital, Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX
3/2013 - Present Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Attending Staff University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Medicine, San Antonio, TX
9/2012 - Present Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Neuro Critical Care University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX